English Learners overview
The primary goal of the English Learners (EL) program is to help students to use U.S. academic English, understand the culture of U.S. schools, and be successful learners. In our program, students will understand:
- English is used to communicate for a variety of purposes in social, cultural and academic settings.
- English language strategies support academic achievement in content areas.
- English language mastery requires proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
When should a student be assessed for the EL program?A student should be assessed for the EL program if another language besides English is indicated on the home language questionnaire section of the student registration form:
- Which language did the student learn first?
- Which language is most often spoken in your home?
- Which language does the student usually speak?
- Is an interpreter required to communicate with anyone in your family?
Students will be assessed in four domains; reading, writing, speaking and listening of academic English.
Where are students assessed?Students who meet the criteria are assessed at the Family Welcome Center in the Coon Rapids Family Center Mall, 11224 Crooked Lake Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. The Family Welcome Center can be reached at 763-433-4680 during regular office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday).
What happens after students are assessed?Students receive an ineligible or eligible status.Ineligible: If a student is not eligible for EL services based on his/her test scores, families will schedule a registration meeting with their child's school. The student will not receive English support from EL staff.
Eligible: If a student is eligible for EL services based on his/her test scores, the test information is shared with the assigned school offering EL support. Families will also meet with their child's school. Free transportation is provided for students to attend an EL center-based site.
Who is responsible for teaching EL?Most students in the EL program receive their instruction in mainstream classrooms. EL teachers provide support in a variety of ways depending on student need. Some of these are:
- Working with students in mainstream classes.
- Teaching sheltered English language classes.
How do students leave the EL program?A student must show proficiency in English by:
- Meeting state and district criteria on the ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) assessment.