2 What is ELL The state of Tennessee defines ELL students as: Those whose native language is other than English and whose difficulty in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language is an obstacle in classrooms where English is the only language of instruction.
3 What’s in a Name? ESL – English as a Second Language ELL – English Language LearnerESOL – English as a Second or Other LanguageELD – English Language DevelopmentLEP – Limited English ProficiencyFEP – Fluent English Proficient
4 Identifying ELL Students The way teachers and administrators can identify ELL students is by administering the Home Survey with the following questions:What is the first language your child learned to speak?What language does your child speak most often outside of school?What language does your child speak most often inside the home?
5 Assessment – Identifying current ESL Level Students must be given the CELLA (Comprehensive English Language Assessment) to identify their current ELL level.Levels are determined by scores on the CELLA test.There are three areas of assessment:1. Oral/Speaking& Listening2. Reading3. Writing
10 Testing out of ELDIf a student scored above the 35th percentile on a standardized norm-referenced tests and is currently performing at grade level the student is then identified as English proficient and in no longer in need of services.Also, if the student scores advanced in two out of three areas on the CELLA the student will be identified as a T1 Transitional 1st year.
11 What is T1 and T2When a student has passed the CELLA in advanced in two of three areas they are classified as T1 and exit the ESL program to be monitored by the district for the first year of transition.A T2 is if the student is successful for the year as a T1 the district must continue to monitor them for one more school year.When a T2 is successful in the regular classroom without ESL support he/she can be reclassified as a FEP or LEP.
12 Retention IssuesELL students must not be retained in grade level because of their language skills.Alternatives to Retention:1. Remedial before - and after – School programs2. Tutoring3. Summer school4. Instructional Aids, and5. Peer tutoring
14 Role of the Teacher Become a student of culture Be sensitive to cultural differencesPromote a multicultural point of viewAllow students to become students of culture
15 Classroom SupportClassroom support is crucial for the success of the ELL student.Simple and easy to do activities that offer support could include the followingCurriculum material that reflect a variety of cultural groupsLessons that address different learning styles and modalitiesVisual aides and bilingual resourcesRole modeling/peer grouping
16 Methods of instruction Interactive lessons with hands on activities and cooperative learningEncouragement of creativity and discoveryVersatility and flexibilityEnhancement and support of the mainstream curriculumOpportunities for all students to feel successful
17 Parents of ELL students The parents of ELL students need support to:Understand how U.S. school system worksUnderstand how local school districts and schools operateWhat is expected of them by schools, districts, and personnelParticipate in their child’s education
18 Things to Remember English is not an easy language to learn Use a variety of methods and strategies to support a positive learning environmentBe sensitive to cultural differencesProvide consistency in classroom regulations and expectations