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  1. ESOL Hopkins Elementary 2006-2007 Presenter: Yanira Alfonso, EDS ESOL Teacher Hopkins Elementary School

  2. ESOL • English to • Speakers of • Other • Languages

  3. Presentation Objectives • Tell us your needs. We want to help. • Brief Program Overview • New WIDA Standards • ESOL Modification Plans

  4. Mission of the Gwinnett County ESOL Program • To help students learn to use English to communicate in social settings • In socially and culturally appropriate ways • To achieve academically in all content areas • Meeting Academic Knowledge and Skills and state standards

  5. Why ESOL? • Federal Law - • United States Code 1703 - “No state shall deny equal educational opportunity to an individual on accounts of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin by (f) the failure of an educational agency to take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by its students in its instructional programs.”

  6. Verbal language proficiency is NOT an indicator of language proficiency! • BICS - Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (Approx.. 2 years) • CALP - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (5 - 7 years)

  7. An Urgent Call to Meeting Students’ Needs • Recent Hopkins ESOL AYP Results • No Child Left Behind • All students on grade level • In reading, mathematics, and science • By the year 2014

  8. State of Georgia Curriculum • From a discrete skills curriculum • To a standards-based curriculum emphasizing language proficiency.

  9. Aligning English Language Performance Standards to English Language Arts and Content Standards Making Connections: WIDA and ACCESS and AKS Student Achievement

  10. What are the features of WIDA standards? • Standards • Language Domains • Grade Level Clusters • Levels of Language Proficiency • Performance Indicators

  11. Why are English Language Proficiency Standards necessary? • To provide a resource for ALL involved in the education of English language learners …administrators and teachers • To establish a common yardstick to define and measure how English language learners acquire language • To meet compliance with Titles I and III of No Child Left Behind

  12. How are the WIDA standards connected with other standards?

  13. Support is essential for English Language Learners. • Types of support for ELLs include: (Gottlieb, 2006)

  14. In teaching AKS to ELLs… • Regular classroom teachers focus on AKS while considering the English language proficiency standards for ELLs through AKS Modification and Intervention Plans

  15. ESOL Modifications ESOL Teachers & Classroom teachers work collaboratively to provide • language support & • AKS academic support for ELLs • Creating an AKS Modification and Intervention Plan for ELLs • Called an “ESOL Modification Plan”

  16. Parts of the ESOL – AKS Mod. Plan • Student Information • AKS Modifications • Modification, Intervention, and Classroom Assessment Strategies Options Checklist

  17. Modification Plans & Grading • A Modification Plan is a document in progress. • Used throughout the year to add AKS as students master the AKS • Used to grade the student each nine weeks

  18. Creating Modification Plans • ESOL teacher & classroom teacher collaborate to determine ELL’s proficiency level. • Select AKS • Use WIDA Model Performance Indicators, Can DO Descriptors, and Quality-Plus Teaching Strategies • AKS Modification Plans Database

  19. How will new standards transfer to my teaching as a classroom teacher? • Document to reflect new standards: • lesson plans (include one language goal) • student progress (grading/ mod. Plans) • Update Mod. Plans every 9 weeks • Providing accountability data for: • administrators • parents • other teachers

  20. Students’ Academic and Linguistic Success Depends on… Collaboration between all to ensure that language and AKS instruction is congruent throughout the entire school day!