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.