Middle School ELL Services
English Language Learning services are available for TAISM Middle School students.
The goals of the ELL Program are to:
- move students toward greater engagement and independence in their general classroom environments as they acquire English language learning skills.
- cultivate a learning environment that complements a student’s cultural heritage and experience in a way that supports emotional needs and builds on academic success across the curriculum, over time.
Our Guiding Principles
- English language learners are presented with academic content that challenges them to meet the standards and benchmarks, consistent with those for all students.
- English language learners receive instruction that builds on their prior knowledge and cognitive abilities, and is responsive to their language proficiency and cultural backgrounds.
- English language learners develop social and academic skills when they are in a safe environment that encourages and challenges them to take risks in learning.
- English language learners achieve learning objectives more efficiently when their learning styles are recognized and nurtured.
- English language learners are evaluated with appropriate and valid assessments that take into account the curriculum standards and benchmarks.
- The academic success of English language learners is a responsibility shared by educators, families and communities.
Program Qualification and Process of Class Placement/Admissions
Students will be identified as needing ELL support at the time of admission to TAISM. Like all students, ELL admissions are determined by a student’s prior experience and performance in previous educational environments. When TAISM receives an Admissions Application for a student and it indicates the primary language of the student is other than English, the administrator reviews existing student records to determine English language needs. Once referred, a student’s English language proficiency is assessed. Once all assessments have been evaluated, a recommendation will be made as to whether or not the student is in need of ELL support.
The ELL Assessment allows the school staff to get to know the student in an academic setting and assist the school in determining the level of English Language Learning. Generally, the ELL assessment consists of an interview and a brief review of a student’s literacy skills, inclusive of reading comprehension, listening and writing.
ELL Services Available for Middle School Students at TAISM
ELL services are provided in the regular classrooms, as well as in the ELL classroom. Each student’s level of need for services will vary depending on language ability.
Students receive specialized language instruction with the ELL teacher in the ELL classroom. For students in grades 6-8, the ELL class is scheduled in lieu of a World Language (Arabic, French or Spanish). While ELL students are in the pull-out ELL class, they will also receive support from their mainstream teachers. Class activities may be modified for the student and grades may also be modified.
Once a student’s English language proficiency is fluent to the point of being able to be successful on their own in the classroom, services are reduced or discontinued and the student would begin taking another foreign language.
Reporting Student Progress
Students regularly receive feedback on their performance and progress. They also have many opportunities for self and peer assessment. Students receive progress reports at the end of each trimester. All students will receive an ELL grade and comment, assessing both academic progress and their effort.
Assessment tools include:
Observation of four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
Feedback from classroom teachers
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice during the year. Additional conferences may be arranged at any point during the year.
In making the decision to exit a student from the ELL program, the following points are considered:
- The student’s performance and work are evaluated by both the ELL specialist and classroom teachers to determine whether the student demonstrates adequate English proficiency for competency with regular classroom expectations.
- Progress reports and report cards are reviewed to evaluate the student’s progress and competency in all areas.
- The length of time that an ELL student has been in the program is also considered.
- The final decision is confirmed by the ELL specialist and the Principal.
There are two main exit periods from the ELL program. For Middle School, the first exit period is at the end of the first trimester. The second exit period is at the end of the school year.