English Language Learners
English Language students in SPPS:
- acquire English language proficiency through standards-based content instruction
- acquire language forms, functions and uses through and within a meaningful context
- have access to their grade-level curriculum so they can meet academic standards and graduation requirements within a reasonable length of time
- are supported to help them move from the beginning levels of English language skills to proficiency within the state-set timeline.
English Learner Services Elementary
- English Language Development (ELD) instruction is delivered through collaboration, co-teaching, and small groups.
- EL students at all English proficiency levels are part of mainstream classrooms and receive English language development and support from both the EL teachers and classroom teachers.
- ELD instruction through content is delivered through sheltered courses for students in the beginning proficiency levels of English, and through the co-teaching model for students in more advanced stages of English proficiency.
In effective EL practices, all educators:
- engage in instructional collaboration. For example:
- Plan for differentiated instruction for all content areas
- Assess and monitor student progress
- Reflect on the collaborative process and adjust teaching practices
- design language objectives based on students’ language proficiency levels
- scaffold and differentiate instruction with regard to content, process, and product
- provide explicit instruction in literacy components
- develop academic language during content area instruction
- provide visual and verbal supports to make core content comprehensible
- encourage peer group learning opportunities
- capitalize on students’ home language, knowledge, and cultural assets
- provide regular, structured opportunities to develop written language skills
- develop reading and writing abilities of ELs through text-based, analytical instruction
- provide opportunities for extended discussion of text meaning and interpretation
- provide small-group instructional support for students struggling with literacy and English language development.
- Home Language Survey – required by state law for all students including English speaking students
- Initial English language proficiency assessments:
- Kindergarten-Wida ACCESS Placement Test (K-WAPT)
- WIDA Screener Grades 1-12
- Annual assessment: ACCESS for ELLs for grades K-12 and Alternate ACCESS for Special Education students
- Levels of service determined by MCA, WIDA Screener, ACCESS for ELLs, and EL teacher recommendation
- Formative and summative assessments of individual and class progress
Office of Multilingual Learning: http://www.mll.spps.org
WIDA Resources: www.wida.us
- Shared Responsibility for Teaching ELs
- EL Identification, Reclassification, Placement and Program Exit
- EL Assessment
- Elementary Service Model K-5
- Middle School Service Model 6-8
- High School Service Model 9-12
- Academic Language
- Co- Teaching
- Guide for Reflective Practice: Co- Teaching and Collaboration
- English Now!
- Imagine Learning
- ELs with Special Education Needs