English Language Learners Overview

  • The primary goal of the English Learners (EL) Program is to help students use US academic English, understand the culture of US schools, and be successful learners. In our program, students will understand:

    • English is used to communicate for a variety of purposes in social, cultural, and academic settings.

    • English language strategies support academic achievement in content areas.

    • English language mastery requires proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


    English Language Instruction:

    • Direct English language instruction is delivered by licensed EL teachers.

    • All teachers are teachers of students that qualify for EL services.

    • Direct EL instruction is provided in small EL group classrooms. 

    • EL teachers build a foundation of content knowledge, academic problem-solving skills, and language proficiency.

    • Curriculum and instruction is aligned to WIDA English Language Development Standards as well as the Minnesota K-12 Academic Content Standards