English Learners

Welcome to the Lockwood ELL Website
(English Language Learners)

 
The ELL program exists to serve English learners as they develop English language proficiency while striving to access grade level academic content. Put simply, the goal of ELL is to provide access to what's going on in the classroom. ELL's receive varying levels of support based on their language proficiency and grade level. 
 
Students in the ELL program are given language support in their classrooms. An ELL specialist works with the child, providing him or her with instruction to build their English skills for listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ELL specialist uses pictures, games, graphic organizers, books, realia, first language translations, GLAD and other ELL strategies to enable students to understand class instruction and participate in class activities. 
Guidelines for ELL instruction are based on the Washington English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards that connect to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction is designed to meet students at their different proficiency levels while challenging them to advance to the next level. Active communication in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing is at the heart of instruction.In the classroom, students work in individual, small group and classroom settings. We strive for a 'safe' learning environment where students are free to make mistakes, are confident in their ability to succeed and find the content of the class relevant to their lives.
Learning a new language is a fun, but difficult task. As the teacher, I will guide the students as much as I can, but the responsibility for learning is with the students. The following practices will help students to be successful learners.
· Pay attention
· Participate in all class activities
· Practice speaking English outside of class
· Attend class regularly with a good attitude
· Finish assignments
· Ask questions
· Take risks - Don't be afraid to make mistakes - you'll learn from them. The more you try, the faster you'll learn
· HAVE FUN! We do our best to make the class interesting and challenging. Students will learn the most when they relax and enjoy the activities.
 
 

English Learner services, in combination with general education, provides students (K-12) with linguistic development accessing grade level academic content as they acquire English language proficiency. English Learner students receive appropriately differentiated levels of direct services based on their language proficiency and grade level.

  • We BELIEVE that every student has the capacity to achieve academic success and make a positive contribution to society.

  • We VALUE the diversity of our community and recognize the importance of celebrating this diversity within the learning environment.

  • We RECOGNIZE that systemic barriers exist and are key contributing factors in the pervasive, disparate student achievement outcome within our school system.

Our diverse population of learners will have equal access to rigorous academic content while acquiring language proficiency through sheltered instruction so that they are ready for lifelong success after graduation. As a community we will create awareness that it takes from 5-10 years to achieve academic language proficiency and we assume simultaneous development of language and content-area knowledge. 

Elementary School

EL support is provided in all 21 Northshore Elementary Schools. Emerging and Progressing EL students are in general education classrooms and will receive additional assistance from a certificated EL teacher or an EL paraprofessional based on their student data. Classroom teachers will provide support to Proficient EL students within core content by using language development strategies to support listening, speaking, reading and writing. EL staff provide supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. In addition, Newcomers (0-2 years in the U.S.) receive instruction to build essential English language communication skills.

EL staff collaborate with classroom teachers to monitor students who have exited from EL services. Students are monitored for 2 years to ensure they continue to make academic progress in school. Assistance is provided as needed for Transitional (L4) EL students.

Middle School

EL support is provided at all 6 middle schools. Emerging and Progressing EL students follow the general education plan and also receive one EL class period a day from a certificated EL teacher. Advanced (L3) EL students with academic needs can also enroll in this EL class period. The EL class is designed to provide intensive English language development to develop all skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension.

EL Paraprofessional staff provides supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. Students receive assistance within their general classrooms. Students who have exited EL services (L4) in the past 2 years are also provided support if there are academic needs.

 

High School

Emerging and Progressing EL students follow the general education plan and also receive up to two EL class periods a day from a certificated EL teacher including:

  • Daily EL English: Beginning and Intermediate students receive English credit while developing English proficiency skills (and/or)
  • Academic English Language: Beginning, Intermediate (and Advanced, depending on needs) EL students receive academic content support focusing on the academic language necessary in core content classes. 

Additionally, EL Paraprofessional staff provide supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. Students receive assistance within their general classrooms. Students who have exited EL services (L4) in the past 2 years are also provided support if there are academic needs.

 

Contact

EL Program Coordinator

Julie Frei

Email

jfrei@nsd.org