Addressing the Needs of
English Language Learners
Diane Murakami
Queen Kaahumanu School
ELL Program
PURPOSE
The purpose of this presentation is to
share information about some of the
ways Queen Kaahumanu School is
addressing the needs of its English
Language Learners.
(Please note that this is just a brief
overview of some of the program’s
components.)
QKS ELL Program
INTRODUCTION
Queen Kaahumanu School
Grades K-5
615 students (as of 9/11/13))
345 identified ELL (as of 9/11/13)
199 (J/K status: direct servicing)
95 (M/L status: monitoring)
51 (I/N status: initial exit/prev. ELL)
QKS ELL Program
Our ELL Program
VISION…Students who have English as their
second language will be able to function in
the mainstream school population and
become productive members of society.
MISSION…To provide instruction to these
students based on their needs and strengths
so they will demonstrate positive
achievement.
QKS ELL Program
Our ELL Program
GOAL…To provide each student who is
identified as an ELL student appropriate
services based upon district/state/federal
guidelines.
OBJECTIVE…To develop the student’s
communicative competence in the English
language to a level which will allow him/her
to function on a peer group level
academically, socially, and culturally.
QKS ELL Program
QUEEN KAAHUMANU SCHOOL
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT SYSTEM
Queen Kaahumanu School
English Language Learners (ELL) Program
Comprehensive Support System
INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES
PARENT INVOLVEMENT/
EMPOWERMENT
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT/
SHARING
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
New Student Support Center
(Newcomer Support)
Parent Meetings/Workshops/Activities
(All ELL Parents)
ELL PD Days
(ELL Staff)
Volunteer Programs
Transition Class
J-Homeroom
(Upper Grade NEP/LEP Support)
Regular Education Grade 3/4/5 Class
Parent Support Program
(All ELL Parents)
Training on topics of interest
to parents
ELL Information/Dissemination
Policies/methodology/cultural awareness
(All School Staff)
Events
(Culture Day/Community Day, etc.)
ELL Classes
(NEP/LEP Support)
Supplementary Services
Bilingual Parent Support Program
(Targeted ELL Parents)
Outreach Services
In-school Assistance
ELL Learning Team
(Grade Level Teachers)
Tutorials
(NEP/LEP Individualized/
Differentiated Support)
Title III Project
(Targeted ELL Parent Support)
Outreach Services
ELL PDERI Course
(Teachers)
Extended School Day/Year
(NEP/LEP Support)
Before/After School Tutoring Program
Summer Program
QKS ELL Open House
(School Staff and ELL Elementary
Teachers on Oahu)
Bilingual Support Program
(Transitional Bilingual
NEP/LEP Support)
QKS ELL Website
(Home/School/Community)
http://qks-esll.k12.hi.us
Technology Program
(NEP/LEP Support)
Computer Assisted
Differentiated Instruction (CADI)
QKS ELL Program Visitations
Upon Request
Title III Project
(Targeted Student Support)
QKS ELL Discussion Group
(Teachers)
Online Discussion on ELL Topics
QKS ELL Program
IDENTIFICATION
SIS-10 (language other than English)
Teacher referral
Parent request
QKS ELL Program
ASSESSMENT
WIDA ACCESS TEST
SOCIAL & INSTRUCTIONAL LANGUAGE
LANGUAGE OF MATH
LANGUAGE OF SCIENCE
LANGUAGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES
Initial Placement
Annual reassessment
Native Language Proficiency (NLP) Test
Used in all schools in Hawaii
QKS ELL Program
PROGRAMMING
ELL Program Instructional Services
Average time = one period per day.
Additional Support:
For the upper grade Non-English proficient (NEP)
students, an additional period may be given if
needed.
Newcomer Program (New Student Support Center)
QKS ELL Program
COMPLIANCE
100% compliance in servicing ELLs with ELL
Program supplementary instructional services
due to:
awareness of the needs and challenges of our
ELLs and commitment to help them by the entire
school staff
schoolwide scheduling agreements
support of our ELL Program by the teachers and
administration
QKS ELL Program
Basic 3-Step Plan
Queen Kaahumanu School
ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
BE
AWARE
BE
INFORMED
QKS ELL Program
BE
RESPONSIVE
BE AWARE
Learn about the students’ backgrounds
(cultural and language)
Assess the students’ needs and
strengths
QKS ELL Program
BE INFORMED
Know about the different philosophies of
language/culture learning.
Know about the research-based methods to
improve skills in the language domains of
listening, speaking, reading, and writing,
along with higher-order thinking skills and
academic content knowledge.
Know the English Language Proficiency (ELP)
and grade level content standards.
QKS ELL Program
BE RESPONSIVE
Differentiate instruction to address needs and
strengths through the use of:
Various instructional groupings
Strategies/techniques for teaching
English language learners
Adapted content, process, and product
Allow the students time, to first acquire the
new language (English), then learn the
required academic content.
QKS ELL Program
CURRICULUM
Students who have English as a second
language will be provided standardsbased language lessons focusing on the
communication skills of listening,
speaking, reading, writing, and
understanding, incorporating a variety
of techniques/strategies used in
language and basic skills instruction.
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PLANNING AND
IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
 1. Anticipate the need
 Assess and analyze
 2. Research and plan
 Identify standards and benchmarks
 Write goals and objectives
 Select methods and strategies
 3. Set the stage
 Create the learning environment
 4. Establish the foundation
 Present expectations
 Practice routines
 Introduce strategies
QKS ELL Program
PLANNING AND
IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
 4. Initiate the learning
 Implement learning activities
 Instruct explicitly
 Facilitate thinking
 5. Monitor progress
 Assess
 Re-evaluate needs/revise
plan
 6. Celebrate successes
 MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN IN WAYS THAT PROVIDE
THE BEST CHANCE TO SUCCEED
QKS ELL Program
DIFFERENTIATED SUPPORT
LEVEL ONE: Supplementary
language/academic content skills and
knowledge instruction “above and
beyond” the regular program
LEVEL TWO: Language instruction
delivered using a variety of strategies,
materials, and methods based on
students’ English proficiency levels.
QKS ELL Program
FACTORS WE CONSIDER
Learning Environment
Visual
Interactive
Comfortable
Non-threatening
Familiar
QKS ELL Program
FACTORS WE CONSIDER
Learning Content
Content selected to address student
needs/strengths
Material devised specifically for student
Adapted, leveled material
QKS ELL Program
FACTORS WE CONSIDER
Learning Process
Predictable routines
Various strategies/techniques
Attention to multiple intelligences/learning
styles
Different instructional styles (teacher, tutor)
Various groupings (small group, partners,
individual)
Technology integration
QKS ELL Program
FACTORS WE CONSIDER
Learning Product
Evidence of learning through physical
demonstration
Evidence of learning through
observation
Evidence of learning through traditional
means
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SOME SECOND LANGUAGE
LEARNING STRATEGIES
Visuals
Role Play
Realia
Imagery
Simulation
Gestures
Hands-On
Demonstration
Speech Adjustments
Translation
Adapted Text
Bilingual Aides/Tutors
Wait Time
QKS ELL Program
MATERIALS SELECTION
Research-based
Best practices in field of second
language learning
Inclusion of Language and Academic
Content Area skills and strategies
Potential for real life practice and
application
QKS ELL Program
MATERIALS
HamptonBrown, AVENUES (core program and
supplements)
HamptonBrown, ENGLISH AT YOUR
COMMAND
National Geographic (Non-fiction leveled
reading sets and magazines)
Rosetta Stone and MathWhizz (Interactive
computer programs)
Other supplementary materials
QKS ELL Program
THANK YOU!
VISIT US AT
http://qks-esll.k12.hi.us
QKS ELL Program
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Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners