The identification of English Language Learners begins with the home language survey. As a student enrolls at FRCS, parents/guardians must complete the home language survey. If any language other than English is listed as “spoken at home,” the student is referred for testing by the ESL instructor. If only English is noted on the home language survey, a student may still be referred for testing if, through parental communication or class work, it appears that a student may speak another language.
Once a child is referred for testing, the ESL teacher administers the W-APT, which is an assessment to identify English Language Learners (ELLs). If a student qualifies as an English Language Learner, a letter is mailed home indicating an ESL program recommendation. Parents have the right to decline the recommended services for their child, although they are not encouraged to do so. Parents/guardians must complete an opt-out form to inform the school of this decision.
All English Language Learners are currently serviced through a blend of a pull-out and supported Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) model. In this model, small groups of students receive intensive instruction from the ESL instructor. ELLs attend SEI English Language Arts and core content classes with their non-ELL peers. Services provided through the pull-out method generally focus on content-related skills and language acquisition.
In January of each year, each ELL is reassessed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through ACCESS. In addition to analyzing the results of the above assessments, the ESL teacher meets with each teacher to learn about the students’ academic progress in the content areas. When a student appears to be proficient in English, the ESL teacher contacts parents to disclose the assessment findings and recommendations. Once a student is reclassified from an English Language Learner (ELL) to Former Limited English Proficient (FLEP), the ESL teacher will continue to monitor the progress of the student for a minimum of two years and/or at the request of classroom teachers.
Our goal is to help students improve language skills necessary for academic success. In addition, we help parents or guardians to support their children’s learning at home with easily accessed web sites providing supports in a variety of FRCS curriculum areas. We have generated a comprehensive selection of websites for supporting English Language Learners. We recommend that parents/guardians preview each site before allowing their children to use them. These sites are available for enrichment, reinforcement, and as a supplement to our curriculum. Many sites are interactive and child friendly. All sites are free! Some web sites may also lead to additional links.
Website Resources Grades K-12
Please click the attachment below to access many website resources for English Language Learners.
Please contact Ms. Amanda Goddard with any questions about our ELL program.