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ESL Policy & Procedures

 

  • What is the Core EL Program?  Sheltered Instruction is the Core EL Program in Chilton County. 
    • Purpose: to deliver grade level subject matter content by making it  accessible to ALL learners. Sheltered instruction classes are taught by the content teacher using instructional strategies such as scaffolding the content learning, building background knowledge,  and utilizing visual aids, gestures, manipulatives, paraphrasing, etc.  

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  • Where can I find Chilton County's ESL/EL plan?
    • Each school has a copy of the plan in the library.
    • A copy can also be found on this Chilton County website, Federal Programs, ESL, ESL Forms.
  • How are students identified as EL students?
    • Home Language Survey--If a parent writes English & another language or only another language as the language spoken by the student and in the household, then the ESL teachers will determine through parent and student interviews whether the student should be screened for ESL services.
    • Once enrolled, the student will receive the W-APT screener. (within 30 days @ the beginning of school or 10 days during the school year)
  • I hear my EL student speaking English in the hall and at lunch, so why isn't he/she doing better in my classroom?
    • English language spoken in the hall, on the bus, in the cafeteria, or at PE is SOCIAL LANGUAGE.  Social Language is learned quicker than ACADEMIC LANGUAGE.  It takes several years for EL students to learn and understand the different content area vocabulary.
  • Who can translate for a school conference or during the enrollment of a student?
    • my student?   no
    • the brother, sister, or cousin of my student?  no
    • a friend or neighbor?  no
    • the student's pastor/minister?  no
    • Spanish II students? no
      • Only school board personnel or provided translator may translate a conference or IEP meeting.
  • Where can I find school forms about behavior, bus issues, or health concerns?
    • Transact     www.transact.com
    • Contains forms in many different languages.  ALSDE has approved all forms for school use.
  • Where can I find information on ACCESS for ELLs, Can Do Descriptors, and ELD Standards?
    • WIDA     www.wida.us
      • Contains the ELD standards, Can Do Descriptors, and EL webinars.
      • ELD Standards can also be found on this website in the ESL FORMS section under CLASSROOM.
  • Important Information on Classroom Accommodations
      • I-ELP: Individual English Language Plan is mandatory, not optional
      • Manipulatives, photos, Power Point, highlighting texts, underlining important facts, word boxes, graphic organizers can be useful accommodation tools
      • Less Lecturing and More Demonstrating
      • Use Power Point or notes on the board, when lecturing.
      • Don’t give textbook assignments if the students don’t have textbooks.
      • Don’t give Internet assignments to complete at home since many people do not have Internet.
      • Write assignments on the board.
      • Make the study guide match the test.
      • Re-check for comprehension for all students.
      • Simplify language used in instruction and for directions.
      • Pair your EL with a native English speaker, not another EL or former EL student in order to translate the entire lesson.
      • Provide page #’s for answer location instead of a vague reference that it is in the chapter.
      • For additional accommodation suggestions, speak with your ESL teacher.
  • Can parents refuse ESL services? Yes 
    • According to the Department of Justice in the "Dear Colleague" letter, parents may refuse ESL services for their children, regardless of when the ESL services occur. The student will still receive accommodations and support in the classroom and will take the ACCESS for ELLs annual assessment until he/she exits the ESL program.

 

 

 

 

 


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