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English Language Learners A Quick Review of Alexander City Schools ESL Program & Procedures By Alice J. Owens, NBCT.

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1 English Language Learners A Quick Review of Alexander City Schools ESL Program & Procedures By Alice J. Owens, NBCT

2 Basic Facts To Be Discussed Our Program Policies, Plans, & Purpose ESL Terminology Intake Procedures Testing Parent Notifications Exit Requirements Monitoring FLEPs Flow Chart EL Committee Responsibilities WIDA Standards

3 Purpose: Enable the students to become competent in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing English Plan: Set Goals for proficiency in English Policy: Recognize needs of ELs Our Policy-Plan-Purpose

4 ESL Terminology ESL: English as a Second Language ENL: English as a New Language EL: English Learner LEP: Limited English Proficient FLEP: Former Limited English Proficient NOM PHLOTE: none-English background but are fluent in English and do not require ESL services.

5 What’s required? Lau v. Nichols –Must consider students linguistic needs. Castenada v Pickard –Selected program must be research-based and regularly evaluated and adjusted. No Child Left Behind –Equal access to complete educational program. –Regular and special education as appropriate. –Curricular and extracurricular opportunities.

6 Parental Notification Proficiency levels Exit requirement How program will help their child learn English Information on Parental rights

7 Flow Chart Parents/Teachers Notified LEP Meeting with parents to discuss their child’s individual ESL program Teachers are involved in EL Committee Mtgs and informed of necessary accommodations Inclusion in ESL Program Parents are notified of placement Language proficiency test is administered (ACCESS/W- APT) score of <3.9 are in need of intensive services Enrollment in Alexander City School System Home Language SurveysSystem/State Forms sent home

8 Flow Chart Continued…. Monitoring-Exiting LEPs are monitored regularly by EL Committee and included in Data Portfolios FLEPs are monitored for 2 Years Testing ACCESS Yearly in Spring for all LEPs Score of 4.8 is considered proficient and student is eligible for exit Accommodations I-ELP Classroom accommodations as prescribed by EL committee Pull out for English language instruction classes by ESL teacher

9 Exit Requirements 4.8 or higher on ACCESS state assessment for English language proficiency

10 ELL Committee Duties Successful Learning Experience for ELs IELP Brainstorming ideas and strategies Guiding & Monitoring

11 What is WIDA? A consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English Language Learners. WIDA Consortium Home Page WIDA Consortium. 10 Aug

12 What Are WIDA Standards? The WIDA ELP standards facilitate the design of language development objectives that support, guide and develop content knowledge and skills at the appropriate level of English proficiency. “English as a Second Language Curriculum and Instruction.”English Language Learners (EL) Policy and Procedures Manual; Federal Programs Section Division of Instructional Services of AL Department of Education, 2008 ed, p.25

13 Alabama Courses of Study (Content) WIDA ELP Standards (Language) Collaborate

14 Each ELP standard addresses a specific context for language acquisition. The five academic language standards are: STANDARD 1: Social and Instructional Language STANDARD 2: Language of Language Arts STANDARD 3: Language of Mathematics STANDARD 4:Language of Science STANDARD 5:Language of Social Studies WIDA ELP Standards

15 Final Points We are a team! We are all ESL teachers and responsible for helping make the content comprehensible for every child. Be aware of upcoming opportunities for ESL training


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