English Language Learners
ELL Director Don Lawson
ELL Program Overview
The English Language Learner (ELL) program serves student for whom English is not their primary language, and who score below 4 on the Woodcock Muñoz assessment, and/or below the grade-level benchmarks on the English OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). The ELL program provides techniques, methodologies and specialized curricula designed to teach students English language skills, including: listening, speaking, writing, study skills, content vocabulary and cultural orientation. Instruction is mostly in English with limited use of native languages. Our goal is for students to reach English language proficiency, as demonstrated by passing the English OAKS.
Our programs at the middle and high schools focus on students receiving weekly tutoring and assistance from the ELL staff. ELL staff also work directly with subject teachers to provide effective strategies to address each student’s needs in language acquisition.