English Learner (EL) Essentials

Jennifer Hubble, ESL/DLI Facilitator, Wilson, CISD


Please continue to share any comments or concerns you may have with me or with Elisa concerning our schedules as we work with you to support your learners in the classroom. Thank you for your flexibility and feedback!

I am off campus most of the day on Mondays for district meetings and once a month on Thursdays for ESL meetings. Please either email me or see Elisa or Andi if you need me and can't find me. You may also "Book Me" if you would like to either meet with me or need support with learners in the classroom.

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Thank you for your time on Nov. 1st spent learning about our new LPAC management and collaboration system, Ellevation. Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to explore the system a bit and are getting ready to use it in support of monitoring the progress our ELs. Beginning in December, we will begin utilizing Ellevation to track English proficiency growth and accommodations, plan instruction with essential sheltered instruction strategies, and collect work samples and artifacts to document linguistic accommodations and growth. The Upload button is now there under the documents tab for each learner. In the Ellevation Google slides presentation shared with you, there is a Schoology course code for Ellevation resources and videos now available (DJQJ4-JJDP7). Please visit this course as needed to review how to add notes to the system, fill out progress monitoring forms for learners, and upload work samples to document progress and linguistic accommodations used in the classroom. Videos in Ellevation Academy and the orange help button are also available to you in Ellevation when you login at http://ellevationeducation.com/. If you have questions or need help in person with anything, please ask.

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This Fall, Imagine Learning wants our classes to run the bases and score a GRAND SLAM with Imagine Learning and Literacy! When your class knocks it out of the park by users of IL reaching their goals of 60-100 minutes per week, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing for a $50 pizza award and will be named to the Imagine Learning & Literacy Hall of Fame. This IL Contest will end on December 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Your class is up to bat!

In order for the Imagine Learning program to be an effective language intervention for our English Learners, they must be going through their entire 20-minute lesson/activity sessions each time they log on. They should be spending 60-100 minutes on the program per week, which may be accomplished in C102/C106 in the mornings from 7:20-7:45 with Mrs. Guillen & Mrs. Lozano with Mrs. Hubble’s iPads, in the classroom at various times throughout the day (several have found success during literacy menus or morning routine activities), or at home on a computer (go.imaginelearning.com) or iPad App. The access/site code for any new device is 4815210. I have given you login cards for those ELs who are Beginning or Intermediate in Grades 3-5, Non-English Speaking in Grades K-5, and/or T3 RtI in Grades K-5. If you feel that a learner is missing an account and needs one, please let me know. Thank you ensuring that your ELs complete their daily Imagine Learning sessions. We are doing much better with our usage minutes!

Each educator of ELs has an account, which you may log into at any time to see usage, progress, and growth reports, as well as have access to many great Teacher Resources for working with your ELs in small groups and individually. Your username is your Coppell ISD email address, and your password is either Rangers1 or one you have set yourself using the "Forgot Password" reset option.

CISD ESL Schoology Course

The Coppell I.S.D. BE/ESL department has created a Schoology Course called CISD: English as a Second Language, which includes information and resources you may find beneficial as you work to support and meet the needs of your English Learners. This course includes valuable information dealing with English Learner terminology, BE/ESL processes, TEA compliance procedures, resources for teaching Newcomers, and providing linguistic accommodations for ELs at all proficiency levels. If you have not already joined the CISD ESL Schoology Course, please join today with the access code: 49RBR-6R92G.

For the 1st Nine Weeks grading period, we utilized our EL Accommodations Google form to document linguistic accommodations for the last time. Please make sure you filled out one form for each of your ELs and uploaded/collected evidence of most frequently used accommodations and how your ELs are responded to them during the 1st Nine weeks. The link to the form is also embedded in the words, "Wilson English Learner (EL) Accommodations Form" above. The link to upload learner work samples/artifacts is near the top of the form, or you may have collected the evidence in the red EL folder you have in your classroom. Please see me if you need additional assistance with providing and/or documenting linguistic accommodations. During the first week of December, you will receive forms in Ellevation to begin monitoring progress there. You may already begin uploading documents and adding notes as needed in that system.

TEA's Science Glossary Vocabulary Resource

Texas Gateway (TEA's online resource for Professional Learning) has a wonderful resource available to us called the Interactive Science Glossary. Check it out! It has several bilingual features.


¡Colorín Colorado!

¡Colorín Colorado! is a wonderful website that offers a wide range of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for Bilingual and ESL educators and for families of English language learners. Here you can find all sorts of articles, videos, and educational tools to help you support your ELs and their families. It is an amazing resource!


The importance of Comprehensible Input and the use of Language Objectives in the Classroom:

Strategies for Success - Sentence Stems & Frames

In order to help learners at all language proficiency levels incorporate higher levels of academic language into their speaking and writing, we can incorporate the use of sentence stems and sentence frames with learners daily and across all content areas.

Sentence stems allow learners to have a sentence started for them so that they are better able to express themselves orally or in writing in a complete sentence or idea. Some examples of sentence stems are:

· The first thing that happened was, _________________.
· After that, ___________________.
· The following important event was _______________________.
· Earlier in the story, _______________________________.

Sentence frames provide opportunities for learners to use key vocabulary within a structured sentence that may be at a higher level than what they could say or write on their own. Sentence frames may be filled in with any content. Some examples of sentence frames are:

· ______ have ________, but _______ have _______. ("Whales have lungs, but fish have gills." could be an example of a completed sentence frame)
· I used to think ____________________________, but now I know _________________________.

In the CISD ESL Course and in the ELPS Instructional Tool, there are several different sentence stems and frames for you to use with your ELs at all proficiency levels to help improve their speaking and writing throughout the content areas!

Reading A-Z ELL & Bilingual Resources

Remember that through Reading A-Z’s ELL & Bilingual Support, you have access to a great variety of Picture Books, Leveled Readers, Vocabulary Books & Power Packs, Content Picture Packs, Language Skill Packs, EL Assessments, and so much more!

· Sign on to Learning A-Z

· Click Resources

· Click ELL & Bilingual