Advance English Language Learners to English language proficiency and AYP gains through Language Central’s
Advance English Language Learners to English proficiency and AYP gains through Language Central’s 30 minutes of daily systematic English Language Development (ELD) instruction.
All identified English-language learners (ELLs) take the same high-stakes tests as native speakers, but are reported as a subgroup for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting. They are expected to make one level of proficiency growth a year (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives or (AMAOs)). However, many programs lack the focus on language development, and ELLs get stuck at levels 3 and 4 of language proficiency (see more on those levels on page X). Language Central’s focus on ELD strives to advance ELLs with focused attention on language proficiency so they can be reclassified and move out of ELL status.
Ensure students become proficient with daily progress monitoring and leveled support that scaffolds teachers as much as students.
Since teachers do not always know what they need to look for when working with English-language learners (ELLs), Language Central supports them by identifying benchmarks through daily language objectives, student expectations, sentence frames, If/Then statements, and Wrap Up checks. This built-it professional development helps all teachers, even those without English Language Development (ELD) training, feel comfortable working with ELLs.
Build and reinforce concepts while building language so learning is done in context.
Language Central organizes instruction around unit and weekly concepts to create a familiar structure for student learning. Concepts and vocabulary are frontloaded by activating prior knowledge while building background. Students will make connections between learning and real life experiences, while being encouraged to take risks in English in a safe learning environment.
Grant Wiggins’s Understanding by Design (UbD) is integrated throughout the program with Big Questions and backward design. UbD is the centerpiece of Language Central’s content equity. These self-leveling questions invite all children in the learning community to the table of social cognition. Once this affective filter is lowered for children, they become motivated to participate and contribute their personal experiences and ideas. THAT is culturally responsive instruction!
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