Support of English Learners at the Secondary Level

Teachers of English Learners (ELs) will be working with students while taking into consideration the student’s English language proficiency level and the content of the course. In order to see the WIDA Can Do Descriptors for grades 6-8 and 9-12, please follow this link. The documents on the WIDA website highlight what English learners ‘can do’ as they acquire English proficiency. Although the list is not all they ‘can do,’ it is a research-based set of guidelines.

Acquiring English includes gaining skills in the four language domains (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and learning the content in tandem. EL teachers do this by providing scaffolds and supports to make directions and new content more comprehensible. In addition, the EL Teachers may make recommendations as to other ways students can practice their oral language development such as telling a family member about a topic learned through question and answer dialogue. As students learn the content, they are simultaneously learning language.

As teachers connect with their English Learners, they will encourage them to continue to practice their language using all four domains when possible. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s EL Teacher(s) if you have any questions.

English learners at middle school and high school will connect with their teachers on their APS issued devices. If students experience technical difficulties, they should contact their school. Each school has an email address for technology questions. This mailbox will be monitored by the school Instructional Technology Coordinators (ITCs).