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Instructional Program and Educational Approaches for LEP Students

Instructional Models

➢ Elementary Level:
At the elementary level our ELL instructional model is a “pull-out“ model. Students leave their classrooms and work in small groups to practice and learn language in a meaningful and supportive environment. Students receive anywhere from 90 minutes to 225 minutes of instruction 3-5 days a week depending on their language proficiency level.

➢ Secondary Level:
At the secondary level, English language development (ELD) is provided is a class period. The amount of instruction varies depending on whether a school has a 53-minute block schedule or an every other day schedule with instructional blocks of 83-110 minutes. At our schools with higher numbers of ELL’s , there are several class periods of leveled ELD instruction (e. g., ELL 1, 2 and 3).

At all grade levels, the student’s language proficiency level is considered when placing students in groups and or in class periods of ELD. Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey proficiency scores are used for initial placement and Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Scores (ELPA) scores will used as students move through the program.

Curricululm and Instructional Approaches

Our ELL program uses the following three language development curricula:

  • Elementary Level: Avenues, Hampton-Brown
  • Middle School: High Point ESL, Hampton-Brown
  • High School – Shining Star, Longman Publishers

All three programs integrate well with each other and support our instructional approach which incorporates the teaching of language skills with content area concepts and literacy development.

In addition to the scope and sequence presented in our core curricula, instructors use the ODE ELL grade level standards and “Language Forms and Functions“ to guide instruction and to ensure that we are providing comprehensive and systematic English language development. At all grade levels, a student’s language proficiency level is considered when choosing which level of ELD curriculum to use. In addition to the above mentioned core curricula, we also have an extensive library of supplementary reading materials to assist in developing English language literacy skills (e. g., high-interest low-vocabulary readers, videos, novels).

Our instructors use a variety of research-based teaching strategies which support students’ acquisition of English. Examples of these strategies include the following: use of the native language, language experience activities, total physical response, dialogues, songs, chants, guided-reading activities, story-telling, hands-on projects, and cooperative learning activities. We also use the following web-based programs to supplement our English Language development instruction: “Brain-Pop ESL” K-5, “Rosetta Stone”- 6th-8th  and “Grammar Gallery” K-12.