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AZELLA—Arizona English Language Learners Assessment
ELD—English Language Development “Hour” means a normal classroom period structured to facilitate class scheduling
English Language Learners—K-12 PHLOTE students who do not obtain a composite proficiency level of “proficient” score on
AZELLA PHLOTE—Primary Home Language Other Than English
SEI Program—Intensive English-language teaching program for non-proficient English speakers, as designated by the AZELLA. Program is designated to accelerate the learning of the English language as directed in the Task Force Models
Program Office located at PUSD District Office
146 S. Granite St. | Prescott AZ 86303
928-445-5400, ext. 122
Jeff Lane, ELL Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter Keene, Liaison/Spanish Interpreter/Special Education Spanish Interpreter | email@example.com
ELL Program Description
English Language Learner Programs Description
All elementary students who have been designated as English Language Learners (ELL) per the AZELLA (Arizona English Language Learner Assessment) will receive four daily hours of English Language Development (ELD). Some middle school and high school ELLs will receive 2-3 daily hours of ELD depending on their AZELLA scores and length of time in the program. All ELLs will participate in one of two programs: Structured English Immersion (SEI) or Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Although the content is the same, the delivery will be different. The difference between the two is as follows:
- Structured English Immersion Program (SEI)
ELLs will receive the one and half hours daily hours of ELD instruction outside of the mainstream classroom and will be grouped with other ELLs. The rest of the school day will be in the mainstream classroom.
- Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP)
ELLs will receive part of the four daily hours of ELD instruction within the mainstream classroom and the other part with the ILLP teacher outside of the mainstream classroom. When the ELLs leave the mainstream classroom, they will be grouped with other ELLs. The rest of the school day will be in the mainstream classroom. Please check with the ILLP teacher at your school for your child’s schedule.
Please check the Parental Notification and Consent Form for Student Placement in an English Language Learner Program(enclosed) to see in which ELD program your child was placed.
Structured English Immersion (SEI) and Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP)
Best classroom practices will be used that draw from a variety of acceptable research-based models. All instruction will be in English and the materials will be aligned to the State’s English Language Proficiency Standards. The key principles are that English is fundamental to content mastery and that time on task increases academic progression.
The content of the SEI and ILLP classroom will be the State’s English Language Proficiency Standards.
Instruction will focus on conversation, grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing.
- Use of English and a native language in instruction
The language for all content and materials is English.
- How the program will meet the educational strengths and needs of the student
Each student’s strengths and needs will be looked at in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Examples include AZELLA student reports, district and State assessments, formal and informal assessments, etc. Differentiated instruction will be utilized to address each student’s needs.
How Did I Get Here?
When a student enters school, a registration form is completed. One form is the Home Language Survey form. Any language chosen other than English refers the student to testing for English proficiency. The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) will be given within 30 days of registration.
During the test, the student’s reading, writing, and oral English are scored. This extensive test rates the proficiency in each of those areas as emergent, basic, intermediate, or proficient. The results help the staff to select the best resources for the students needs.
Students are re-evaluated once a year in the spring.