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ELL Overview


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ELL Plan

The vision of DeSoto County Schools is that it will be a system of star schools that ensures academic excellence and ignites a passion for learning for all students, including students whose primary language is not English. In order to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL), the district is committed to implementing programs and providing resources that will maximize their potential for reaching English language proficiency while continuing to hold them to the same high academic standards that are expected of all students.

DeSoto County Schools' goal for English Language Learners is to provide each student with the English skills necessary to function in an academic and social setting. Linguistically diverse students can achieve academically and socially at the same level as all students given the right tools and strategies. Therefore, DeSoto County Schools is committed to providing professional development and training opportunities to all district employees that work with Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. By providing these opportunities, there will be a heightened awareness of the importance of these students meeting the annual measurable achievement objectives in order to meet the requirements of the state and No Child Left Behind, and to support the vision of being a district of star schools. Through the use of technology, learning tools, resources, supplies and parental involvement activities, teachers will be more focused on the differences and individual needs of their ELL students which will lead to these students having every opportunity to progress in learning English, attain English proficiency, and meet AYP.

The English Language Learner (ELL) program for DeSoto County Schools is a "pull-out" program. The ELL teacher will work with each student in proficiency levels 1-3 a minimum of one session per week and a maximum of two. This session may be one-on-one or a group session depending upon scheduling and needs. This means the majority of the ELL student's time is spent with the regular classroom teacher. According to No Child Left Behind, the regular classroom teacher is ultimately accountable for the ELL student's progress.

The ELL teacher stresses to the ELL students and parents that the students' main responsibilities are to (a) pay attention and participate in class as much as possible, (b) attempt all homework, and (c) prepare adequately for tests. If the ELL student does these things, he should not fail the class. An ELL student can fail a class, but documentation including accommodations made, opportunities given to help the student succeed, and what the student did or did not do in response to the teacher's help will be required from the classroom teacher.

The success of the ELL student will be a group effort. It will take the instruction and accommodations of the regular classroom teacher and the ELL teacher. It will take the involvement and support of the parents. Ultimately, it will take the efforts and positive attitude of the ELL student.

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