EL instruction focuses on the explicit teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, through content. Our model is primarily a pull-out model with focus on the development of academic language and skills. Some language instruction occurs in the general education classroom. The total amount of EL instruction varies according to the students' needs.
EL instruction is informed by theories of language acquisition, current pedagogy, and current materials. The State of Minnesota's standards for English Language development, students' ACCESS scores, together with formative and summative assessments guide EL teachers' instruction and provide a touchstone for collaboration with mainstream staff. EL teachers focus on literacy and specialized vocabulary and academic language in the content areas. Paraprofessionals support the instruction EL teachers provide according to student needs.
Service from EL Teachers and other Program Staff
All ELs, including those who receive Special Education services, may receive English Language Development instruction from a licensed EL teacher. ELs may receive other support services such as Title I and Vision 21. The service an EL receives from EL teachers will depend on the following criteria: the student's proficiency level, previous schooling and the amount of time in the United States, and current academic achievement level. District EL staff collaborate with personnel from other district support services such as Special Education, Title I, intervention services, and gifted and talented. When appropriate, these services are combined with the EL student's general education program and EL services. For example, a student can receive both EL services and Title I service. Consideration is given to the student's individual need and access to the general education curriculum and standards.
Please see the links on the left side of the page for specific information about the EL program at the different grade levels.