English Language Learners (ELL)
The ELL program is designed for students who have sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language where success may be problematic in a normal classroom setting.
ELL students receive ESOL instruction, a program of English instruction to promote English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
ELL students face a double challenge: language acquisition and language learning. This means dealing with two different processes at the same time. In order to help ELL students accomplish these two processes successfully, we must make instruction comprehensible by using language learning strategies.
Comprehensible language instruction is provided through research-based specialized strategies for ELL. The curriculum reflects the Florida Sunshine State Standards for Language Arts, and the National ESL Standards.
Students receive grade level language arts instruction and language acquisition skills. The levels of English language proficiency are addressed to provide optimal opportunities for comprehensible instruction by using Cummins' Language Proficiency Model.
The teachers engage students in authentic, meaningful activities. These activities help ELL acquire Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS-everyday conversational language skills) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP-language used in classrooms, academic texts, tests and literary work.)
As language proficiency increases, a content based approach is implemented with the integration of subject matter within the ESOL curriculum such as the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA). This approach is an integral component of the curriculum. The curriculum is planned by using the Language Arts through ESOL Handbook developed by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).