English Language Learning

  • ELL (English Language Learning) at Groveland Park Elementary

    Groveland Park Elementary has many multilingual students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Our EL students boast a rich variety of home languages and cultures. Just some of the home languages represented at our school include Arabic, Hmong, Vietnamese, Karen, Somali, Spanish, Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo and Russian!  Amazing!

    How are EL students identified?

    EL students in SPPS are identified through a form that is filled out by families when a student first enrolls in SPPS.  If there are languages other than English used regularly in the child's life, then the child will take a screener test to decide if they would benefit from working with the ELL (English Language Learner) teacher.  If so, they receive lessons and support from the teacher and possibly from our bilingual education assistant.  Every year, all eligible ELs take an English proficiency test called ACCESS to determine their level of English and if they need to continue in the program.

    How are EL students taught English?

    The purpose of the ELL program is to help all ELs develop their academic English, or English for school, so that they can be successful throughout their time in school.  At Groveland, ELs are mostly served in their classroom.  The ELL teacher or EA will go into the classroom and help students learn the English needed to do their classroom work through mini lessons including vocabulary games, writing supports, visual supports, and more.  Some older students may have a small group lesson in the ELL classroom to supplement (add to) the other teaching they get in their regular classroom or to help them understand the language they need for their classroom work.  To accomplish this, the ELL teacher and EA work closely with classroom teachers to know what content is being taught particularly in reading and writing, but also in math, science, and social studies.

    Groveland ELL Department Staff Members (2020-2021)

    Kelli McCully - ELL Teacher (English/Spanish)

    Grades K-3



    Anca Vasiu - ELL Teacher

    Grades 4-5



    Askale Yigletu - Bilingual Educational Assistant (English/Amharic/Oromo)



    More Information

    St. Paul Public Schools' Office of Multilingual Learning

    Minnesota Department of Education English Learner Education Site


    ELL Teacher and Bilingual EA  Ms. Anca Vasiu headshot