English Language Learners (ELL)
English Language Learners:
The English Language Learners (ELL) Program at Linn-Mar is designed to help students acquire the English language. We work with students whose first language is not English, or who speak more than one language at home. We currently are working with students from 20 different countries, speaking 25 different languages.
The Linn-Mar District has ELL services at all 11 schools. Students are able to attend their neighborhood school and the ELL teachers travel from building to building. The ELL teachers work to help support students in the general education classrooms, along with teaching skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English.
At the elementary level and intermediate schools, students spend most of their day in the classroom with their English speaking classmates, with some daily small group instruction time for English language instruction. During small group instruction, students work on the five areas of language: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension. The elementary and intermediate ELL curriculum is content-based and students work on language acquisition through the areas of science and social studies.
At the middle schools and high school, students spend one period or more a day in ELL class where we use a research-based curriculum and/or a combination of other materials to work on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Students may also be in a co-taught classroom or a content area classroom with an ELL support teacher. We also work closely with the content teachers to assist students in comprehension and completing assignments.
- K-12 instructional program for English Language Learners
- Assist students to reach full English proficiency
- Small group and individual instruction
- Support students who represent over 25 different languages and cultural backgrounds
- Alicia Jessen supports Westfield Elementary
- Katie Towns supports Westfield Elementary
- Maddie Spencer supports Westfield and Novak elementary schools
- Anna Ranbarger supports Wilkins, Indian Creek, and Linn Grove elementary schools
- Carol Stamp supports Echo Hill and Bowman Woods elementary schools
- Brianna Baranowski supports Hazel Point and Boulder Peak Intermediate Schools
- Brianne Arnold supports Excelsior and Oak Ridge Middle School
- Sarah Kelley supports the high school, Compass, and the ATLAS Program
A summary of the 2020-2021 Lau Plan was developed and can be found below. Because of the changes and demands that this school year is bringing to us, this document is very much a work in progress and the ELL department is making changes as we need to.