English Language Learners

Who is the English Language Learner?


English language learners (ELLs) are those students whose primary or native language is one other than English or who live in a home where a 2nd language is spoken. Federal and state regulations mandate that local school districts provide appropriate services and equitable and effective learning opportunities for English Language Learners that ensure that ELLs have the language support that they need to succeed in school.
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ESL Program


East Greenwich Public Schools has developed a language program to support students who are English Language Learners. The program supports the students both in and out of the classroom with the ESL and general education teacher working together.


Program Goals


  • To develop social and academic language in English
  • To success in the general education classes
  • To participant in the new culture
  • To respect native cultures


Program Features


  • Supports the development of English in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Instruction tailored to individual needs
  • Sheltered instruction for beginning students
  • All instruction is in English

Screening & Assessments


  • ACCESS for ELLs
  • Home Language Survey
  • MODEL-Progress Monitoring
  • Parent Interview
  • W-APT/MODEL Screener

Program Supports


  • District Advisory Committees
  • Interpreters
  • Mailings and phone calls
  • Translations when available

Supporting Students at Home


  • Attend parent meetings/conferences
  • Checking homework folder/agenda daily
  • Reading, story-telling and singing in the native language
  • Set aside a quiet place for study/reading
  • Talking about school day