English Language Learners
English Language Learner Program Description
All 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 have an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP).
Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP)
ELLs will receive the four daily hours or adjusted hours of ELD instruction within the mainstream classroom(s). 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 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 student’s needs.
Students are re-evaluated once a year in the spring.
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