Farmington English Learner Program
At the elementary level, meeting the needs of English Language Learners can be done in different ways. Students may be pulled out of the mainstream classroom in small groups for a short period of time to focus on what they need. Some students may have their needs met through what is called push in, which is when the EL teacher goes into their mainstream classroom to help them with their work. Co-teaching, or team teaching, is another form of meeting ELLs needs. With co-teaching/team teaching, the EL teacher and the mainstream classroom teacher work together planning and delivering the lessons during a certain subject.
In middle school, EL class is a course that meets for one period each day all year. Students are placed into levels based on their performance on the NWEA and TEAE tests from the previous spring as well as their previous EL teacher’s recommendation. Leveled classes allow us to design our curriculum to better meet the needs of the students. Once the students are placed in a class, we focus on improving their language skills specifically related to reading and writing. Students participate in a variety of literacy-based activities such as journaling, reading novels as a class, vocabulary expansion, and independent reading.
At the high school level, English Learners (EL) can be serviced in two different ways. Tenth, eleventh and twelveth graders are placed in a content based English class. The students receive an English credit for their English Language (EL) class. The class meets for one period each day all year. Students work toward English content objectives as they participate in a variety of literacy-based activities including reading as a class, group discussions, and independent reading and writing. Ninth graders are serviced through their mainstream classes. The EL teacher and the mainstream classroom teacher work together planning and delivering the lessons. This is called co-teaching or team teaching.