Description of Program Placement Options and Goals for English Learners:
The English Language Learner Program is an instructional program for students who are speakers of another language other than English. The program is designed to aid in English language development and includes teaching strategies that are differentiated for each student’s level of English language proficiency. The goal of the program is to develop and master English communication and cognitive-academic language skills so that your child is able to successfully meet and achieve grade level academic standards and be actively engaged in the school community.
ELL Students in Special Education:
If your child has an individualized education plan (IEP), the child’s ESL program will support meeting the instructional objectives of the IEP.
Delivery of Services:
The ESL specialist provides small group instruction to ELL students and collaborates with the classroom/content area teacher to make content accessible for all ELL (English Language Learner) students. Once your child achieves a specific level of English proficiency based on the Rhode Island Department of Education’s ELL regulations, ELL students exit the ESL program and are monitored for an additional two years. Should a parent/guardian decide to waive ELL programming, the ELL student’s progress will be monitored and s/he will be tested annually (ACCESS state assessment for English language proficiency) until s/he reaches the English proficiency based on the ELL state regulations. Then, said student will be monitored for two years thereafter.
Websites For Parents/Kids
Games for Kids:
Webinars in English:
“My child is an English language learner. What does that mean?” (English Version)
Webinars en Español:
“Mi hijo es un estudiante del idioma inglés. ¿Qué significa esto?” (Versión en Español)