Elementary English Learners (ELs) in the distance learning model will be a part of their grade-level classes. They will have the benefit of learning from their grade level teacher as well as their EL teacher. While their grade level teacher will focus mostly on the content instruction, the EL teacher will support that learning by focusing on the students’ English language development.
- ELs will be supported by EL teachers who will provide a combination of “pull out” (working with a small group of students synchronously, not with the whole class) and “push in” (a collaborative model, teaching with the general education teacher) instruction.
- EL teachers will provide small-group instruction in distance learning, to maximize peer interaction around content and to practice language across the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The small groups will provide more opportunities for the students to get individualized instruction as well as focused support on their English language development.
- The focus of the EL teacher’s work will be on students’ four language domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening), as well as the content of that particular instructional block (ie: English language arts, science, social studies, etc.).
- All teachers will keep the learning focused on new content and language development.
Elementary EL teachers were trained on best practices for distance learning, specifically for English learners, during their pre-service training week. This training was provided to all elementary EL teachers.
Middle & High School
Secondary English learners (ELs) will be provided their English language development (ELD) through their ELD courses in the distance learning environment. In the distance learning model, teachers will engage their students in their classes during the allotted time. This will include specific time for synchronous learning, with a focus on English language development as well as content attainment. In addition, there will be an asynchronous time for students to practice their new skills and work on their new content. EL teachers will include whole group, small group and possibly some individual work with students while in the distance learning model. The focus will be on students’ four language domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening), as well as the content of that particular class (ie: English language arts, science, social studies, etc.) Secondary teachers were trained on best practices for distance learning, specifically for English learners, during their pre-service training week.
- Synchronous time will be used for instruction that has appropriate language and content goals. This will also provide students time to practice using their English skills.
- Models for Distance Learning for ELs at the Secondary Level:
- Distance learning English Language Development – ELs are in a distance learning class taught by a certified EL teacher. The instruction focuses on both English language development and content (ie: English Language Arts, Science, etc.)
- Distance learning co-taught content class – ELs are in a general education distance learning setting class with a content teacher and an EL teacher. The EL teacher focuses on the English language development and the content teacher focuses on the content.
- All teachers will use content and lesson objectives in order to keep the learning focus on content and language development.
- EL Counselors will support secondary ELs’ social emotional well being. They will work with ELs who may be experiencing trauma, issues with acculturation, reunification or other problems that are negatively impacting them and their academic performance.