We are Michelle Hunsberger and Bill Haegele of the ELL Department. ELL stands for "English Language Learner". English Language Learners are students who speak a language other than English at home.
Students are taught reading , writing, listening and speaking skills. Students are also taught new vocabulary words, which are used to help develop their background knowledge when reading unfamiliar text.
Our goal is to effectively teach these skills, while at the same time respecting the native language and culture of our students and their families.
During March of every year, all ELL students are given an assessment, known as the LAS LINKS test, which measures their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The LAS LINKS test serves as a tool for ELL teachers to determine group placements. In addition, it provides useful information that demonstrates a student's year-to-year progress, if applicable, as well as any areas for future improvement.
Generally, ELL services are provided for approximately 25-30 minutes per day, four to five days per week. Some students receive additional ELL support more than once per day, if deemed necessary by the ELL and classroom teacher. On average, it takes non-English speaking students 5 to 7 years to achieve academic proficiency in the classroom. Academic proficiency means language used in the classroom in content areas.