WHAT IS THE EL PROGRAM?
EL means English Learner. The EL program provides extra assistance for children whose first language is not English. The purpose of the EL program is to bring children’s English language skills to a level where they can do well in the mainstream classroom.
HOW ARE CHILDREN SELECTED FOR the EL Program?
Parents fill out a Home Language Survey when they register their child for school. If a language other than English is checked, an EL teacher will obtain information and/or test to see if the child will need English language instruction. A Parent Notification Letter is sent home if a student qualifies for EL services. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from EL service.
WHERE DO ELL (English Language Learner) STUDENTS RECEIVE SERVICES?
At New Millennium Academy, ELLs receive services in their regular classroom as well as in small pullout groups, depending upon age, grade and English Language Proficiency Level.
HOW DO ELL STUDENTS RECEIVE EL SERVICES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?
Research shows that the most successful way to teach a second language is through academic content. Therefore, our goal is to teach language through content by having our EL teachers collaborate with the classroom teachers. All students are learning the same content, but in a variety of ways. EL teachers deliver instruction collaboratively in the classroom and in small pull-out groups to maximize resources and target instruction. The primary objective of teaching language through content is making grade-level standards and curriculum accessible to ELL students at all levels. Our EL teachers and classroom teachers meet regularly to articulate content and language objectives, plan for co-teaching, assessments and reflect on student progress to meet the needs of all students.
HOW DO EL STUDENTS RECEIVE EL SERVICES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?
The EL program in middle school is similar to that of EL Services in Elementary school. ELL students are supported in the academic content classes. The EL teacher may co-teach with the classroom teacher, or provide targeted instruction in small pull-out groups based on ELL's English Language Proficiency Levels.
HOW LONG WILL MY CHILDREN BE IN THE EL PROGRAM?
Many factors affect how long it takes children to learn English well enough to compete in the mainstream classroom. One factor is the age of the students when they start to learn English; another factor is the type of education they received in their home country. Research shows that social language takes from one to three years to acquire. Academic language (which is our focus) takes from seven to ten years. We constantly evaluate our students to make sure that we are providing appropriate services.
WHAT ROLE CAN PARENTS PLAY IN EL?
Parents can help their children learn by reading to them in their first language or in English. Even if you don’t read, it is very important to look at books. Talk about the pictures and ask questions. Point out letters – show your child letters on signs and in stores. Give your child paper and pencils and let them write and draw. Take your child to places where they can learn such as nature centers, museums and libraries.
Parents should communicate with their children in their first language if that is the one they are most comfortable using.
Make sure to take an interest in your child’s school work. Look at their homework and have them read to you. Always attend special events at school and come to all parent/teacher conferences.
Additional resources for parents:
WIDA English Language Development Standards Webinars for Families of ELLs
WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.
This three part webinar provides families with information about what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret student language proficiency scores, parents will be better equipped to engage in meaningful discussions with educators about students' language instruction and progress.
Part I: My child is an English Language Learner. What does that mean?
Part II: My child is an English Language Learner. How is my child's language development supported at school?
Part III: My child is an English language learner. How do I know if my child is making progress?
WHO CAN I TALK TO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EL PROGRAM AND MY CHILD?
For more information, please contact your child's EL teacher. If there are more than one teacher listed at your child's grade level, email both teachers and your child's teacher will respond. You may also call the office.
Contact the EL Department
763-235-7900 Ext: 7957