Presentation on theme: "GETTING TO KNOW YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELLs)"— Presentation transcript:
1 GETTING TO KNOW YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELLs)
2 Changes in the District’s ESL Program Parkland School DistrictTotal Population of Students 7, ,369Number of ELL studentsNumber of languagesNumber of ESL teachersNumber of ESL teaching assistants
3 Dispelling a Myth about ELLs If ELLs hear English all day, they learn it quickly. They are like “little sponges”.FactIn reality, it takes 5 – 7 years to become proficient in a new language..
4 Develop English language proficiency in the areas of: ESL TeachersDevelop English language proficiency in the areas of:ListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
5 ESL Teachers Provide support in content areas Communicate and collaborate with classroom teachers to make adaptations and modifications to the curriculum
6 Delivery of Instruction Pull OutELLs are instructed outside the regular classroom in small groups arranged by skill level, grade level and/or ESL levelPush InESL teachers go into the regular classroom to provide support to ELLs with specific content in a subject area
7 Characteristics of ELLs by Level Level 1- EnteringUnderstands little or no EnglishFollows one-step directionsNames objectsLabels objects and picturesUses one word responses or gesturesLevel 2 – BeginningResponds in a word or phraseUses simple vocabularyDecodes simple sentences but may not know the meaningFollows two-step directionsWrites in phrases or simple patterns
8 Level 3 – Developing Level 4 – Expanding Follows multi-step oral directionsRetells stories or eventsResponds orally using full sentencesHas some knowledge of punctuation and capitalization but may not be consistentWrites sentences centered around one ideaLevel 4 – ExpandingUnderstands English as spoken on TV or in the normal flow of conversationDiscusses stories, issues and conceptsInterprets information or dataCreates original writing piecesRevises and edits writing
9 Level 5 – Bridging Level 6 – Reaching Expresses ideas in English with fluencyReads materials used in the regular education classroomDemonstrates writing ability appropriate to succeed in the regular education classroomLevel 6 – ReachingCompletes all assignments independently.Functions on grade level with peersAt this level, an ELL is placed on a two year monitor status.
10 ESL PLACEMENTHome Language Survey (All new students/families take this survey.)W-APT (WIDA Access Placement Test) (This test helps to determine the correct level for the WIDA test.)WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (This test is given in January/February to all ELL students. It is tied into AYP and is mandated by PDE.)
11 WIDA Access for ELLSFive Grade Spans of Tests K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12Three levels at each Grade Span A, B and CFour Domains Reading, Writing, Listening and SpeakingStandardized
12 Score 5.0 on Tier C on the WIDA ACCESS EXIT CRITERIAScore 5.0 on Tier C on the WIDA ACCESSPSSA scores of Basic or aboveFinal Grades of “C” or above in core subjects2 years of Monitoring
13 MONITORING Students receive two years of monitoring 2. Students can receive ESL assistance3. Students are never re-entered back into the program full time
14 Screened and Monitored Students have another language spoken in the home, as per HomeLanguage SurveyDo not qualify for ESL instructionGrades and academic performance are monitored by ESL teacher for one year to assure there is no second language interference.
15 I have a new ESL student. Now what? Find out as much as you can about the student’s native culture and other school experiences using “Culturegrams” on the Internet and reviewing student records from previous schools, if available.Talk to your class about the new student’s culture .Have a class meeting with students and ask them how they would feel in a new country and school.Brainstorm ways students in the class can help the new student.Seat your new student on the edge of the class next to peers or buddies. This way he or she can observe you, observe how other students respond to your instructions, and be accessible to the ESL teacher.
16 Top Ten Strategies for Classroom Teachers Use Visuals & ManipulativesUse Body LanguageRepeat, Repeat, RepeatCooperative Learning GroupsUse the “buddy” systemUse graphic organizersAlter your voice intonationPair-ShareAdapt or modify curriculum and assignmentsAvoid paper/pencil tests as your only means of assessment.
17 DESIGN A CONTENT AND LANGUAGE TARGET FOR ALL STUDENTS
18 Be Mindful of Academic Language Mastery of academic language is arguably the single most important determinant of academic success of individual students.….it is not possible to overstate the role that language plays in determining students’ success with academic content. Proficient use of---and control over---academic language is key to content-area learning.….Frances, Rivera, Lesaux, Kieffer, & Rivera (2006), p. 7.
19 ELL SuccessJoin forces in promoting academic success for all students, ensuring there are realistic obtainable pathways for English language learners
20 Parkland Intranet Home Page ELL State StandardsAvailable on theParkland Intranet Home Pageunder the ESL tab
21 PSSA for ELLsAll ELL students must take the math and science PSSA tests.Students who have been in U.S. schools less than one year may opt out of the PSSA reading and writing.These students arrived after April 15, 2012.
22 Translation Services “Language Line Services” See your building’s ESL teacher for help accessinginterpreters by telephone.Websites
23 YOUR ELL STUDENTS THANK YOU! WE THANK YOUandYOUR ELL STUDENTS THANK YOU!