ESL Teacher: Janet Markowski
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English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to emphasize academic support to promote success for students with limited proficiency in English who are taking content courses with native English speakers. Students will develop their English proficiency skills by improving language skills in all language domains (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as increasing the vocabulary used in the different content areas. Students are encouraged to continue to develop skills in English while using background knowledge to enhance understanding of new concepts.
Teachers and students will use a variety of support materials while learning new strategies for organizing, applying, and evaluating content. Basic techniques will include pre-teaching of vocabulary, review of content instruction, use of Sheltered English strategies, and graphic organizers. Students may also work with peer groups, and peer tutors as they continue to develop content-based language skills. General education and ESL teachers collaborate on planning instruction, grading, monitoring progress, and providing accommodation for student’s success. ESL instruction helps students adjust and feel more comfortable in a new country and culture.
Entry and Exit Procedures
Beginning in July 2019, all local education agencies in New Jersey must follow common, statewide evaluation and standardization procedures for ESSA Entry and Exit of English language learner (ELL) status.
Identification of ELLs (Entry) The Home-Language S (HLS) survey will be administered for all students upon enrollment. It can be administered through a Google form or an oral interview, upon request.
Step 1 Home Language Survey is completed by parent and front office staff
Step 2 Records Review by ESL Teacher
Step 3 Multiple Indicators Review by ESL teacher
Exit from ELL Status Students must demonstrate readiness to exit based on the English language proficiency assessment and criteria included in the English Language Observation Form. All ELLs in New Jersey will be exited using the same standard; a 4.5 cut score on ACCESS 2.0 and multiple indicators is necessary for an ELL to exit status.
Exit Steps Exit Criteria
Step 1 NJ Standard on ELP Test 4.5 on ACCESS or Alternate ACCESS
Step 2 English Language Observation Form
Multiple Indicators (e.g. classroom performance, the student’s reading level in English, judgment of the teaching staff member(s), and performance on achievement tests). Led by ESL teacher
For ELL identification, parents/guardians will be notified in writing in English and in the language in which they possess a primary speaking ability, within 30 days of the beginning of the school year or 14 days from the time of identification for mid-year enrollees.