English Learner

  

  ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE PROGRAM

 

 

 (K-12) ELD Model

Federal Law (Title VI) and the State of New Mexico mandate that EL students receive English as a Second Language/English Language Development until proficiency is attained. The NMPED has a list of approved ELD models: a) Structured English Immersion, b) SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English), c) SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) and d) Other models. GISD reviewed the structures and available supports for each model, looked at its present curriculum needs and chose the ELD Model to meet the needs of EL students not in the bilingual ALP. 

This model is for all EL students classified as ED, EO, and BPT. Students will receive alternative language services to attain (Advanced) proficiency level in English; otherwise known as Fluent English Proficient (FEP) on the New Mexico English Language Proficiency Assessment (NMELPA). 

The ELD model goals are: 

 

  • All students possess diverse wealth of prior knowledge based on unique linguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, and experiential backgrounds EL that are worthy of respect.

  • Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are interactive mental processes, and are the fundamental skills of all communication.

  • Language and literacy are acquired best in nurturing environments that foster self-confidence, self-respect, and encourage risk-taking.

  • Every teacher is a language teacher and correctly models language in all its forms.  All teachers then, regardless of their assignment, have a professional obligation to help students improve their language skills and attain English proficiency through differentiated Instruction of language and content objectives meet the same challenging state academic standards as all students are expected to meet. (NCLB)

  • Comply with district, state, and federal mandates.




English Language Learner Resources
PDF icon  A.   Language Usage Survey.pdf 
PDF icon  ENGLISH Parent EL Notification Letter ESSA_Title I_III SY20-21.pdf 
PDF icon  SPANISH Parent EL Notification Letter ESSA_Title I_III SY20-21.pdf 
PDF icon  D. _SLRT _Logs.pdf 
PDF icon  E. EL-FEP_Parent_Notification letter.pdf 
PDF icon  F. EL-FEP_St_Reclassification_form.pdf
PDF icon  G. _FEP_Monitoring_Year_1.pdf 
PDF icon  H. _FEP_Monitoring_YEAR_2.pdf 
 EL_FLowchart.pdf 
      

 

EL students are provided English Language Development by teachers trained* and/or endorsed in TESOL. The District’s goal is to have all the teachers TESOL endorsed by academic year 2013-2014 as described in A5: Staffing. In the interim, teachers will be trained through the district’s ELD Language Academy. As of July 1, 2009, the rules to acquire a TESOL endorsement have been updated by the NMPED.

In order to meet federal and state mandates as well as fulfill the educational needs of EL students, they will be provided an ELD class period on a daily basis. English Language Development explicitly teaches the domains of language: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Comprehension while addressing the English-Language Arts standards and benchmarks. The New Mexico English Language Development Standards are designed to assist teachers in moving EL students toward proficiency in the English language and academic achievement in the English–Language Arts content standards. 

Teachers are required to follow the new 2009 PreKindgarten through Grade 12, New Mexico English Language Standards as mandated by the New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico ELD Standards Effective August 31, 2009.pdf.

Teachers provide English Language Development to students by making language more comprehensible. The teacher presents in language that is familiar to students, and allows new language to be acquired in a meaningful context. English Language Development is taught through the four language domains that define how English language learners process and use language: Listening—process, understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken language in a variety of situations, Speaking—engage in oral communication in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes and audiences, Reading—Process, understand, interpret, and evaluate written language, symbols, and text with understanding and fluency, Writing—engage in written communication in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students will explicitly be taught strategies to support them in all language domains until they develop academic language and attain proficiency.

Teachers will support students in attaining proficiency by providing a literacy-rich environment for independent, small and large group work. Teachers will use materials and resources that support Language Arts such as leveled readers, classroom libraries and manipulatives. Students are encouraged to participate in quality interaction tasks in a risk-free environment. Teachers will use language proficiency assessment data to drive instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will also integrate the English Language Development standards with the Language Arts standards when writing lesson objectives during lesson planning. Lessons will make language more comprehensible for students by using hands-on demonstrations, cooperative learning, modeling, visual clues, graphic organizers, cognates, building on background knowledge, making connections and teaching key vocabulary through familiar concepts.


GISD is committed to meet the needs of the EL students in the English curriculum through the development of  ELD courses as part of the ALP in elementary, middle school, and high school:

Elementary School ELD Model Description: 

Code 1063: English/Language Arts ELD – Required for EL students K-6. This course aligns the New Mexico English Language Development Instructional strategies with the New Mexico English Language Arts Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards as appropriate. TESOL-endorsed teachers will teach this course and will receive specialized training by the district in serving the needs of EL students. The primary goal of the course is the acquisition of social and academic English for Intermediate and Early-Advanced students. The course provides direct instruction in the development of the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while placing great emphasis on individual student progress. At the elementary level, this is accomplished on a pull-out basis through clustering or team-teaching in place of mainstream language arts instruction. The methods and materials used in this course are distinct from those in mainstream language arts class.

Middle School ELD Model Description:

Code 1063: English/Language Arts ELD – Required for EL students 7-8. These courses align the New Mexico English Language Development Instructional strategies with the New Mexico English Language Arts Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards as appropriate. TESOL-endorsed teachers will teach these courses and will receive specialized training by the district in serving the needs of EL students. The primary goal of these courses is the acquisition of social and academic English for Intermediate and Early-Advanced students. These courses provide direct instruction in the development of the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while placing great emphasis on individual student progress. These courses are offered in lieu of the mainstream English Language Arts program classes (codes 1000- EngLangArt7/8, 1001- English 1-8) generally required for non-EL students. The methods and materials used in these courses are distinct from those in the mainstream language arts classes.

Course No.

Transcript Title

Full Title

Grade Level

Credit

10633153

ELDLangA7

ELD/Language Arts 7

7

2

10633154

ELDLangA8

ELD/Language Arts 8

8

2

10632153

SpELD/LA7

ELD/Language Arts 7

7

2

10632154

SpELD/LA8

ELD/Language Arts 8

8

2

High School ELD Model Course Description:Code 1063: English/Language Arts ELD – Required for ELL students 9-12. These courses align the New Mexico English Language Development Instructional strategies with the New Mexico English Language Arts Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards as appropriate. TESOL-endorsed teachers will teach these courses and will receive specialized training by the district in serving the needs of EL students. The primary goal of these courses is the acquisition of social and academic English for Intermediate and Early-Advanced students. These courses provide direct instruction in the development of the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while placing great emphasis on individual student progress. These courses are offered in lieu of the mainstream English Language Arts program classes (codes 1001-English1, 1002-English2, 1003-English3, 1004-English4) generally required for non-EL students. The methods and materials used in these courses are distinct from those in the mainstream language arts classes. These courses meet graduation requirements and credit as mandated by the NM-PED.

Subject Area

Course No.

Transcript Title

Full Title

Grade Level

Credit

Duration

English Lang & Literature

10634154

Eng1

English 1

9-12

1

Year

English Lang & Literature

10634144

Eng2

English 2

9-12

1

Year

English Lang & Literature

10634145

Eng3

English 3

9-12

1

Year

English Lang & Literature

10634135

Eng4

English 4

9-12

1

Year

Sp./Exceptional Ed.

10632153

Eng1

English 1

9-12

1

Year

Sp./Exceptional Ed.

10632154

Eng2

English 2

9-12

1

Year

Sp./Exceptional Ed.

10632144

Eng3

English 3

9-12

1

Year

Sp./Exceptional Ed.

10632145

Eng4

English 4

9-12

1

Year

The course description which will be added to the 2010 -2011 Career Cluster and Pathways booklet is as follows:

Use language to expand your communication skills and increase your proficiency in English. Instruction in language skills will integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing while placing great emphasis on individual student progress. These courses meet graduation requirements and credit.

Professional Development

One of the major requirements of Title III under the NCLB Act (2001) is that the district supports professional development activities that assist personnel in meeting state and local certification/licensing requirements for teaching EL students. To meet this requirement, GISD has increased its effort to provide professional development in the areas of English Language Acquisition, English as a Second Language and Differentiated Instruction.

The district has developed a plan to endorse Language Arts and Content Area teachers of EL students in TESOL (see A.5 Staffing); the district in the interim will provide professional development in ELD pedagogy and methodologies. The district’s strategic and systematic professional development plan will include:

1.    Culture and Issues of Language Minority Education

2.    Theories of Second Language Acquisition

3.    Language Proficiency and Language Objectives

4.    Assessments of EL students

5.    Overview of ALP models

6.    Classroom Sheltering/Differentiated Instruction Strategies

The Bilingual Department is also providing staff development to secondary teachers teaching the newly-created ELD courses. These professional development sessions provide teachers with quality interaction tasks to support EL’s. The English Language Development standards with the Language Arts content Standards will be addressed and planned. These tasks are structured so that students share the same knowledge and work collaboratively to produce new knowledge and understandings. Sessions also provide teachers with activities and strategies to support EL’s. Examples of these are: building background knowledge, making connections, using Bloom’s Taxonomy, cognates, cooperative learning and multiple intelligences. Teachers do all of this while maintaining high academic rigor and expectations.

After teachers attend the professional development, the LPTs continue supporting them by coaching and mentoring teachers in lesson planning and in the classroom.

(K-12) ELD ModelPull-out Model

 

Elementary EL:

Kindergarten to 6th Grade

ED (English Dominant)                EO (English Only)

BPT (Bilingual Post-Tran)

English Curriculum

Secondary EL:

7th to 8th Grade

ED (English Dominant)                EO (English Only)

BPT (Bilingual Post-Tran)

English Curriculum

Secondary EL:

9th to 12th Grade

ED (English Dominant)           EO (English Only)

BPT (Bilingual Post-Tran)

English Curriculum

ESL-ELD

Code 1063

English Language Development (ELD) K-6

60 Minutes daily

Code 1063

ELDLangA7                  

ELD Language Arts 7

ELDLangA8                  

ELD Language Arts 8

90 Minutes daily

Code 1063

ELDEng1    

ELD English 1

ELDEng2    

ELD English 2

ELDEng3    

ELD English 3

ELDEng4    

ELD English 4

Daily per semester as per school schedule

Language Arts

English Balanced Literacy

Components:

Readers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop

120 Minutes

Mathematics

90 Minutes

90 Minutes daily

3 Credits: Mathematics

    Algebra I

    Algebra II

    Geometry

As per school schedule

Content Areas:

Science

Social Studies

Science/ Social Studies

 

60 Minutes

7th/8th Integrated Science

90 Minutes on A/B schedule

3 Credits: Integrated Science

As per school schedule

7th/8th Social Studies

    NM History

    US History

90 Minutes on A/B schedule

4 Credits: Social Studies

   US Government,

    NM History/Geography,

    US History,

    World History

As per school schedule

NM Standards-Based Assessment (SBA)

English

With State-Approved EL accommodations as needed

English

With State-Approved EL accommodations as needed

English

With State-Approved EL accommodations as needed

Language Instruction

Spanish = 0 Hrs.       (0%)

English = 5.5 Hrs.   (100%)

Spanish = 0 Hrs.       (0%)

English = 6 Hrs.      (100%)

Spanish = 0 Hrs.       (0%)

English = 6 Hrs.     (100%