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Instructional Program and Educational Approaches for EL Students

Instructional Models

➢ Elementary Level:
At the elementary level our ELD 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 upon their language proficiency levels.

➢ Secondary Level:
At the secondary level, English language development (ELD) is provided in a class period, with a strong focus on language development, as well as supporting students in their core content classes.

At all grade levels, the students’ language proficiency levels are considered when placing students into ELD groups or classes. English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) scores are used to determine program effectiveness and reclassify students.


Curriculum and Instructional Approaches

Our ELD 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

 

In addition to the scope and sequence presented in our core curricula, instructors use the ODE ELP grade level standards and “Language Forms and Functions“ to guide instruction and to ensure that we are providing comprehensive and systematic English language development. 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 “Starfall”.