What is an English Language Learner (ELL)?

English Language Learners (ELL) are students who come from non-English speaking homes who are learning English. Although many ELL students have developed basic communication skills in English, they still struggle with academic language. This disconnect can make classroom instruction difficult. As a result, modified instruction is often required to assist a student in their academic pursuit.

ELL Data

Currently we have 9 different languages spoken within our schools.

Languages:

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Ibo/Igbo
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba

15% of our student population receive support services from the ELL department.\

We are part of a nationwide testing consorta called WIDA. WIDA stands for World Class Instructional Design and Assessment.

Students are tested in 4 domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing

WIDA has 5 English language development standards:
  • Standard 1-Social and Instructional Language: English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.
  • Standard 2-The Language of Language Arts: English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of language arts.
  • Standard 3-The Language of Mathematics: English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of mathematics.
  • Standard 4-The Language of Science: English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of science.
  • Standard 5-The Language of Social Studies: English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of social studies.

Check out the Can-Do descriptors: Make sure to ask your teachers where your child falls on the Can-Do: https://wida.wisc.edu/teach/can-do/descriptors