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Welcome to the MVA EL Newsletter-2021-2022

Hi Everyone,

This publication is for HSTs and families of EL students. In it you will find some interesting articles, the ELD standards, and a number of resources available to you as you work to assist this important group of our student population, in their homeschool journey.

It is our goal at Mission Vista Academy to ensure that our ELs acquire English proficiency and fluency, and thereby, reclassify as quickly as possible. It is my hope that you find much of what you need to begin that process, here, but if you don't or you have other questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank you so much for all that you do to support our multilingual kiddos! :)

10 Benefits of Being Bilingual


ELD Standards and Designated ELD Instruction

Did you know that there are EL specific standards, in addition to the content standards?

It is a legal requirement that all EL students receive daily instruction in language development separate from their regular coursework. This is referred to as Designated ELD and should be a minimum of 30 minutes daily, where the focus is specifically on the ELD standards and language needs of the student.

Furthermore, the ELD standards are also used in conjunction with the content standards (referred to as Integrated ELD) to ensure that students are acquiring proficiency, as well as content/academic knowledge. The focus here is on both sets of standards and on linguistics and academic progress simultaneously.

Click below to take a look at the ELD Standards.

Designated ELD Class

There are several means of fulfilling the daily ELD requirement. Please be sure to review the options below and bring questions to your HST. I highly recommend and encourage that you choose Option 1, as it is a live, virtual class twice per week, taught by our credentialed teachers. We feel this will best prepare your child for success in reaching proficiency in the English language and therefore, reclassifying out of the program, a fluent English student.
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Curriculum For EL Students

The following curriculum will be provided to all EL students. Please note these are supplementary materials and not a full curriculum.




Looking for Complete Curriculum Suggestions?

Please click the button below for some popular curriculum suggestions that have been reviewed and approved by our own staff and parents.

Other Curriculum Suggestions

1. Rosetta Stone (parent to order on EOS; use planning amounts)--students can pick English and set at their grade level. Rosetta Stone Foundations focuses on teaching the fundamentals to students.

2. Mango Language (parent to order on EOS; use planning amounts) --A fun-infused way to learn a new language. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills, when they select English

Free Supplemental Online Resources

1. Duolingo--Duolingo is based on a methodology proven to foster long-term retention, and a curriculum aligned to an international standard. Duolingo takes a functional approach by focusing on what learners actually want to do with a language. Lessons focus on a real-life goal — for instance, ordering at a restaurant. Learners develop the vocabulary and grammar needed to achieve that goal through lots of varied practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

2. English Interactive--English Interactive tries to offer practice in English skills for every level. Since most of the resources are outside this website, it's best to check the links in each level. Many of the resources offer multiple levels, and all of the links lead to free interactive practice materials. Great for self-studying language learners and for teachers & tutors to use in the classroom, online, or for curriculum assignments.

Materials available for reading in English for every age. Interactive children's books to listen, read, & repeat.

3. English Media Lab--English Media Lab features several ESL exercises online, including an English TV section with videos by Levels - Beginner Videos, Elementary & High Level Videos. English Media Lab also provides interactive practice & reinforcement of grammar, vocabulary & pronunciation skills. The new feature on this site is the interactive games section. English Media Lab provides a wide variety of ESL/EFL interactive grammar, vocabulary, listening and classroom games alongside several puzzles - crossword puzzles, word search activities, cloze exercises & more.

4. USA Learns--USA Learns has four English courses to help you learn beginning and intermediate English. The courses include videos and interactive learning activities to help you practice and improve your English skills in listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking and life skills.

Although the site is intended for adults to learn English online in a free online setting, there is no exclusion or age requirement for the site. Those individuals under the age of 18 (minors) may also register on the site for the purpose of learning English. The use of the site by a minor should be subject to the consent of their parent or guardian, and it is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian whether to allow a minor’s use of the site.

5. ESL Kids Lab--Provides English learning and teaching materials for young learners, preschool, beginners, elementary and pre-intermediate. Materials are designed to appeal to all learning styles. Kinesthetic, visual and auditory learners used are common in all ESL Kids classrooms. * Video Lessons by course, * Printable Worksheets, * Self-grading exercises, * Flashcards, * Phonics Materials, * Teaching tips

6. Online Resources List--find links to many more resources on this list.


Calling all parents! We want and need your attendance and input! As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and we believe that at MVA. We have created a Parent Engagement Plan for 2021-2022 which is full of workshops, meetings, and family events. Click on the button below to access the Calendar or download the PDF. See you soon :)

ELPAC Chats with the Director of ELD

This year, I have made the decision to meet, virtually, with all EL families. I am really excited and looking forward to getting to know your kids and families a little bit better. During this chat, we will discuss past and current ELPAC scores, set some goals, and anything else you might have questions about. I plan for these to take place between LP2 and December. I will send an email with calendar where you can choose an available date and time that works best for you. But, if you're excited to get started, please reach out to me anytime and we can set something up.

ELPAC Practice Tests

A great way to help EL students prepare for the summative ELPAC in the Spring is to have them routinely take the ELPAC Practice tests. These not only help them with the content in the four domains that they will be tested in, but also provides the layout they will see when taking the test. My recommendation is taking 2-4 practice tests per month beginning in September and through January. Click on the link below

Starting Smarter Website

This website provides a variety of ELPAC resources, including sample test questions, sample Student Score Reports, and much more. Click below and take a look!

The Multilingual Advantage

Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”

The words that we have at our disposal affect what we see—and the more words there are, the better our perception. When we learn to speak a different language, we learn to see a bigger world.