English Learner Program
Instructional Programs for English Learners
How does the English Language Development Program fit within the LAS learning environment?
The English Language Development Program (ELDP) brings resources and language enrichment to the school that English Language Learners (ELL) children can benefit from, and it does not take resources away from any other program.
How are children identified for the program?
Every student completes a listening, speaking, reading and writing tests once they are accepted at LAS. Based on the results, the Administration Team and Guidance Counselor will determine if support in English is necessary. Once students have achieved a level of fluency in academic and social English, they will be transitioned out of the English Language Development Program (ELDP) and monitored.
How is English Language Development (ELD) support delivered in Elementary?
ELD support typically occurs in small groups outside of the classroom for 45-90 minutes depending on the proficiency level of the student. The students are grouped by language level and also by grade level. The ESL teacher may also go into the classroom to support the teacher with techniques to make the content more accessible to all students. The classroom teacher supports the English language learner in the classroom with strategies that maximize students’ opportunities to acquire English and comprehend the content.
How much language will my student learn in one year?
Elementary English learners are expected to advance a minimum of one ELD level per year. Secondary English learners are assigned to English as a Second Language (ESL) classes that corresponds to their ELD levels. They are expected to progress one ESL level per semester.
Are the English Language Development teachers certified?
All English Language Development teachers are certified and experienced teaching English Language Learners.
What curriculum do we use to instruct our English Language Development students?
We follow the California teaching standards for all subjects including the English Language Development course.
The mission of the English Language Development Program (ELDP) is to:
- Administer programs that support every child in learning English and achieving high levels in all academic content areas.
- Provide professional development to ensure the implementation of the schools ELDP as well as the Master Plan for English Learners.
- Ensure that differentiated instruction is provided to all students based on academic and linguistic needs, including English Language Development (ELD) and specially designed academic instruction in English.
- Provide leadership and technical assistance to support the English Learner Program.
- Collaborate with the English Learner Program staff to promote best practices and to strengthen and coordinate services for English learners.
- Work with parents as partners in education to provide opportunities that directly support their child’s education.
In addition, Livingston American School is committed to ensuring that all English learners:
- Achieve English language proficiency as rapidly and effectively as possible
- Attain academic achievement in all core content areas
- Develop a positive self-image by acknowledging their linguistic and cultural gifts
- Function effectively and harmoniously in a diverse global society
Proficiency levels are aligned to the California English Language Development (ELD) Standards. They form the pathway to the English Language Arts Grade-Level Content Standards. In addition, each ELD level builds on the preceding level.
Below is an explanation of what students are able to do at each of the four ELD levels:
Beginning: Students may demonstrate little or no receptive English skills. Oral and written production is usually limited. Frequent errors make communication difficult.
Early Intermediate: Students continue to develop receptive and productive English skills. Oral and written production are usually limited to phrases, memorized statements and questions. Frequent errors may interfere with communication.
Intermediate: Students begin to tailor their English language skills to meet communication and learning demands. Oral and written production have usually expanded to sentences, paragraphs, original statements, and questions.
Advanced: Students respond in English using extended vocabulary in social and academic discourse to negotiate meaning and apply knowledge across the content areas.
The School’s goal is for all English Language Learners (ELL’s) to acquire high levels of English proficiency to meet grade-level standards in all content areas as rapidly as possible. All English learners are expected to make progress in acquiring English and are given full access to grade-level curriculum. Students who do not make adequate progress are provided with opportunities to receive intervention services after school.
Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program
First grade ELLs with less than proficient fluency in English (ELD levels 1-4) are placed in an SEI Program. The SEI program provides instruction in English, including: content-based ELD, primary language support, and specially designed academic instruction in English for access to grade level content.
Secondary ELL’s in ESL 1 may receive introductory ESL classes in science and history during their first year to assist them with grade-level courses the following year. This may delay access to grade-level standards while students are learning English.
ELL’s with reasonable fluency in English (ELD Level 4) are placed in the Mainstream Program. This program provides grade-level academic instruction in English and is designed for native English speakers. ELL’s continue to receive additional instructional support in order to meet the requirements to be reclassified as fluent English proficient.
Elementary English Language Development Program
Our language testing has changed to coincide with the structure of the Daily Five program. Instead of being tested at the end of each quarter, all students will now be formally assessed three times each year: at the beginning of the 1st, and at the end of the 2nd, and 4th quarters.
At the beginning of the 1st quarter each student will be assessed on their reading comprehension, accuracy, and fluency. These tests are administered individually and each child is tested at their particular reading level. At the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters, the students will be assessed on their writing as well as their reading comprehension. These tests will also be administered individually and at each child’s particular reading level.
In addition to the formal testing, students will be regularly assessed on reading comprehension and writing at intervals throughout the school year. When a student successfully reaches a predetermined reading and writing level he or she will be allowed to advance to the next language arts level. We believe that a more personalized and individual approach will benefit each child and enable them to progress at a rate which is congruent to their development.
Elementary New Comers Program
Students who are in need of extra language development will be provided extra English Language Development support in the core areas by our certified ESL pullout teacher during the day. They will work on academic language from science, math and social studies. They will also be reinforced with listening and speaking skills.
Secondary English Language Development Program
The ESL Advancement Exam (EAE) will be administered twice yearly for currently enrolled ELD students, once in January, and again in late May.
The test is based on showing mastery of the key skills of reading and writing (literacy). It requires students to read passages and write clear, well-organized responses to them.
The Advancement Process into Standard English Classes
The process takes into account three factors: literacy (the EAE), motivation and diligence (grades), and oral and listening skills (interview). If students pass the test, the committee reviews their grades in all ESL classes, and if their grades are B or above, students are then required to pass an interview with an English department member that focuses on oral and listening skills. Students who pass all three requirements may advance to the next ESL level class or into regular level English classes.
Secondary New Comers Program
Students who are in need of extra language development will be provided extra English Language Development support in the core areas by our certified ESL teacher as one of their elective classes. They will work on academic language from science, math and social studies. They will also be reinforced with listening and speaking skills.
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