My Goal: To support English language development through approapriate second language development practices to help students attain success in the classroom.
Why do I service your child? Our primary goal is for your child to be successful in the classroom. We have learned that your child has had an influence of another language at home. We have tested your child's language abilities and compared them to an average English speaker. Your child performed below that of an average native English speaker and thus qualifies for English language support from a quaified English Language Specialist.
How often do I see your child? I determine how often and how long I see your child depending on where your child places on the Woodcock-Munos (WM) English ability test. Generally I would see your child between 30 - 40 min. per day four to five times per week.
How often do we reassess? We test twice per year. Once in the beginning of the year and once at the end to evaluate English development progress.
How does your child EXIT from English language services? Once your child gets an 85 or higher on oral section of the WM test, or 5 on the ELPA, we evaluate for EXIT. For the EXIT process I collect classroom data such as a report card, writing sample, and a reading comprehension test to show that the student is being successful in the classroom and no longer needs English language support. The documentation is submitted to a group of ELD professionals for approval.
What if I do not wish my child to recieve English language support services? If you feel strongly that you wish for your child not to recieve English language support services you need to request a WAIVER of services. When considering a waiver keep in mind that your child is elligible for FREE in school support to help them be more successful in school. If your child has been identified, they are likely not performing on grade level in the classroom.
What do we do in ELD?
Read small books similar to classroom reading
Review and practice new vocabulary
Practice grammar goals of the week (language structure)
Practice writing (sentences, paragraphs, essays, fluency, spelling, grammar, and conventions)
How can you support your child at home?
Read and speak to your child in your native language - expand their knowledge base in their native language. All native language knowlwdge and connections later transfer into English.
Connect with the classroom teacher early in the year - ask about end year goals in: reading, writing, and math. You can help your child get to these goals at home.
Make sure your child does his/her homework. Even if your child does not understand everything on the homework, it is a good habit to develop good study skills. maybe you can help with the math section. Maybe an older sibling can help with translating. Maybe you have a neighbor that speaks your language that can help your child with his/her homework.
Ask about what your child learned in school - be curious and interested let them share their new knowledge.
Now for the fun stuff! Here are some websites to assist English language learners: