English Learner (EL) Essentials

Jennifer Hubble, ESL/DLI Facilitator, Wilson, CISD


Elisa has been enjoying her time working with learners during your grade-level WIN times, and we will tweak that schedule as necessary depending on our learner, educator, and campus needs. Please share any comments or concerns with me if they arise at any time. 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.

"Change is inevitable--except from a vending machine." -Robert C. Gallagher

Educators in Grades K-3, as you noticed during the 1st 9 Weeks, there is no longer a section on the standards-based report cards for ELPS grades for English Learners (ELs). These ELPS grades were also removed from the 4th & 5th Grade Report Cards. The Proficiency Levels (B, I, A, H) will be monitored through Ellevation, which is our new online LPAC management + Educator Collaboration system. Facilitators and APs have recently been trained on Ellevation, and we will share the system and its resources with you all next Wednesday. 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.

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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.

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.

New This Year to CISD?

If you are new to CISD this year, please remember to turn in your Sheltered Instruction and ELPS certificates to me as soon as possible if you have not already done so. The deadline has already passed, so I will be turning these certificate copies to the district at the end of the month (next week). You should also upload the certificates to your Eduphoria portfolio, so if you need help with this, please let me know. Here is the memo you received from Regina Owens during the New Hire week for your reference: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ht5QSX5iPF_I9mgSrH9nkBwK_qJsdLxZjDs4hWPkUgI/edit.
For the 1st Nine Weeks grading period, we were utilizing our EL Accommodations Google form to document linguistic accommodations. Please make sure you have filled out one form for each of your ELs and have uploaded/collected evidence of most frequently used accommodations and how your ELs are responding to them. 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 collect 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.

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