English Learners of all English Proficiency Levels (WIDA ACCESS scores 1.0 – 4.3) are placed in mainstream classrooms. They receive language instruction with an EL teacher which is also based on the academic language used in the content areas studied in school such as the language we use in Language Arts, the language of Mathematics, the language of Social Studies or History, and the language of Science. The amount of time an English Learner receives support from an EL teacher is based on their English Proficiency level as well as individual student needs and progress. Most elementary English Learners receive approximately 30-60 minutes of language instruction with an EL teacher per day.
English instruction in academic content areas focuses on four areas of language development: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The goal of the EL program in Winchester Public Schools is to support our English Learners in becoming proficient English speakers, readers, and writers in all content areas.
English language instruction provided by the EL teacher is usually provided in an inclusion or co-taught classroom to support the language and content area development in a setting where the classroom teacher and EL teacher work together with students. In some cases the English Learner may be pulled out of the classroom for targeted English language instruction. This is usually necessary for a short period of time with very new English speakers (Newcomers or WIDA ACCESS level 1).