ELL teachers work closely with their grade levels to ensure students are getting the language supports they need both in and out of the grade-level classroom. ELL and classroom teachers diligently teach language without sacrificing the Common Core State Standards.
ELL teachers use their knowledge of best practice for ELL as well as their knowledge of the students to choose the best instructional style for each student.
Longley ELL teachers typically offer instruction in one of the following styles.
Students receive specially designed language and academic instruction for portions of the school day, offered by an specialist in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
ELL teachers provide services in a designated area outside of the classroom.
Pull-Out instruction allows EL students to receive small-group instruction specifically tailored to the students needs both academically and linguistically.
Some teachers pull students in mixed-level groups while others pull by student proficiency level (newcomer, beginner, intermediate, advanced).
Typically ELL teachers will "parallel teach" where both the ELL teacher and classroom teacher are covering the same information but the EL students are receiving small-group language-focused instruction.
ESL/classroom teacher collaboration involves two credentialed professionals who are partners in the instruction of the lesson. They share the responsibility for planning lessons so as to provide differentiated instruction in a manner that is not always possible for one teacher. Lesson planning time is built into their schedules.
Collaborative teachers are using the same physical space, and ELs are not pulled out of the classroom for one of the teachers to instruct. Although small heterogeneous groups may be pulled aside for reinforcement, ELs are not isolated from mainstream student
Typically push-in support is provided to students who are at ELL levels II and III. This support is typically provided by an ELL Ed-Tech who is overseen by an ELL teacher and a classroom teacher. These student are closely observed for progress and are picked up for direct ELL support from an ELL teacher if necessary.
ELL Ed-Techs help classroom teachers to differentiate instruction, provide materials and resources for students, and help ensure instructional adaptations for students who are in need of additional support are available.