English Language Learner Program

  • An overview presented by District ELL Teachers:
     
    English Language Learner Program (Grades 1-8): Bilingual students for whom English is a secondary language, or who are in transition learning English, are eligible to receive academic and /or language assistance through our ELL program.

    Parents will be notified if students qualify for this program. Students are referred for screening according to the Home Language Survey. All screening and testing is completed by an English Language Learner Teacher.

    English Language Learners who speak another language in the home also participate in ACCESS to ELLs testing in January.

    English Language Learners who speak another language in the home also participate in ACCESS to ELLs testing.
     
    Kindergarten English Language Learner Program: In addition to the above, students who qualify for the Kindergarten ELL program will attend the Kindergarten ELL program for half of the day in addition to a Kindergarten class for the other part of the day. This program helps students build skills in the areas of: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This program builds language, academic, and social skills. 

    Parents will be notified if students qualify for this program. Permission to participate in this program will be received from parents before a student is enrolled in the program. Students are referred for screening according to the Home Language Survey. All screening and testing is completed by an English Language Learner Teacher. 
     
    ACCESS for ELLs (English Language Learners): ACCESS to ELLs is a statewide, standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English Language Learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. This test is only administered to students who speak a language other than English in the home.

    ACCESS assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies within the school context across four language domains (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
     
    Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee - 

    The purpose of thisstate-required committee is to give parents an opportunity to provide input onthe district’s bilingual/ELL program and to help facilitate communicationbetween the Bilingual speaking parents and school/district personnel.

     The committee is comprised ofbilingual parents, ELL teachers and District Administrators.  Committee meetings are scheduled four timesthroughout the school year and take place prior to the parent involvementprograms.  We hope you will join us.  Please contact Carol Bennett at cbennett@fsd79.org to join.  

     

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Language Translation Form

  • Dear Parents / Guardians of District 79 students:

    Our district is making sure that we communicate with our non-English speaking parents / guardians. If you would like the district to communicate in a language other than English, please fill out the attached letter and return it to the school office.

    Ademas de Ingles, que idioma prefiere usted para la comunicacion escrita y verbal con el distrito escolar?

    Sincerely,

    Carol M. Bennett

    Educational Services/Programs Director

     
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