The ELPS—English Language
Proficiency Standards
The English Language Proficiency Standards
(ELPS) were approved by the State Board of
Education on November 16, 2007, and will
replace the ESL TEKS beginning in the 20082009 school year, and may be found online at
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/biling/
elps.html.
What are the ELPS?
Part of required curriculum for
each subject including
proficiency standards and level
descriptors
What are Level Descriptors?
 Beginning Students- few
simple conversations
 Intermediate Studentsrequests clarification,
needs adaptations and
supports
 Advanced Studentsseeks clarification with
some processing time
 Advanced High
Students- longer
discussions on
unfamiliar topics
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High School
What does this mean?
 ELLs need social
and academic
English language
proficiency to be
successful.
 ELLs must READ,
WRITE, LISTEN,
and SPEAK in
increasing
complexity.
What are the District’s
Responsibilities?
 Identify students’ proficiency levels
 Provide linguistically accommodated
content instruction
 Provide linguistically accommodated
content-based language instruction
 Focused, targeted, and systematic language
instruction for beginning and intermediate
ELLs (Grade 3 or higher)
What do I need to do now?
 TEACH students
language and
strategies to use
when they don’t
know what to say.
Strategies to Encourage
Proficiency
 Encourage
students to speak
in complete
sentences. This
should be the
culture of the
classroom.
What Else Can We Do Now?
 Use response signals
for students to
monitor their own
comprehension
(thinker’s chin,
thumbs up).
 Use strategies for
pre-reading, during
reading, and post
reading.
Encourage Whole Class
Participation
It’s all about
accountable
talk!
Engagement
 Make sure you ask
every student in the
classroom to
participate. Turn to
the person next to
you and discuss a
strategy you will use
this year in your
classroom to ensure
whole class
participation.
Lesson Plans Are All In My
Head!
Lesson
planning is
essential in
order to
differentiate
instruction!
Good Teaching Is Something
We Already Do!
 Prompt
elaboration
 Use effective
questioning
strategies
Formative Assessment
Can someone tell us
what the ELPS are,
and what part they
must play in our AISD
classrooms?
Think-Pair-Share
 Turn to the
person next to
you and discuss
how these
strategies will
help your ELLs
in your
classroom.
A Question for the McCallum
Knights…
 After a brief
discussion, share
with us a strategy
that works well
for promoting
accountable talk
in the classroom.
Confused? Don’t Be!
 BE AWARE of
the linguistic
level of your
students!
 Plan
accordingly!
More Information on the
ELPS to come!
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 The district and
your campus will
High School at
provide more
information on this
new standard during
the school year.
Your campus ELA
teachers will be
quite well-versed in
more ELPS
strategies next week!
GO RAMS!
Assessment Time…
Proud members of our
EMHS at the Johnston
Campus student body.
 Turn to the person
next to you and
explain to one
another what the
ELPS are, and
what we are
expected to do in
our district to
incorporate them
into our lesson
planning and
teaching.
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The ELPS—English Language Proficiency Standards