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| Katherine McBride- ELL Teacher || Omyra Robles- ELL Teacher || |
ELL is for students whose first language is not English. Whenstudents who speak a second language at home, enter school in the UnitedStates, they are given a test to determine their needs in English. Thistest is called the IPT. The test identifies the students’ understandingand use of English in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Eachyear a student is given the WIDA ACCESS test to determine their growthtowards language proficiency.
In Asheboro City Schools, ELL elementary teachers use a curriculum called On Our Way to Englishfor grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is acomprehensive curriculum that incorporates all four strands ofinstruction – reading, listening, writing and speaking. It providescontent based learning through thematic units to help develop academiclanguage. Each grade level addresses the appropriate learning levels forchildren at that grade. The curriculum is also aligned with the NorthCarolina Standards of English Language Development.
ELL students at Teachey are pulled from their regular class to go toELL for 30 minute blocks of time. Most students in k-2nd grade go to ESL5 days a week, while 3rd-5th graders may go 2, 3 or 5 days a week.During this pull-out time, students work on strengthening their Englishskills. ESL teachers also work with ELLs in the regular classroomthrough ESL programs such as collaborative teaching/co-teaching withregular classroom teachers.
The ELL teacher is responsible for:
- Giving the initial W-APT tests to all new second language students in the school to determine their LEP status,
- Maintaining accurate record keeping on progress of the LEP students,
- Classroom modifications given by classroom teachers,
- Making suggestions to classroom teachers to help LEP students,
- Administering the annual W-APTtest,
- Maintaining accountability records as mandated by NCLB.