Alyson Glenz, email@example.com
Laura Brueggeman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sparta ESL Newsletter
The purpose of this newsletter is to share tips, tricks, and
information to help all of us serve our ELLs. It is brought to you
by your ESL department: Laura Brueggeman
(Lawrence-Lawson and MVI), Michael Castle (MVM and
High School), Alyson Glenz (Southside and MVI),
and Daniel Gatica (Bilingual Aide). We thank the
Sparta Learning Community, especially those extending their efforts
beyond what is asked of them in order to help ELL students. We
welcome your comments and questions!
TIPS AND TRICKS IN THE CLASSROOM
- Use templates, graphic organizer and story
maps for ELLs for projects or writing. Most of what you do
in the classroom can be adapted so that ELLs can participate in
- Take notes with a bubble web or in guided
notes (students just fill in the blanks)
- Be culturally responsive. Please learn and use
the correct pronunciation of your students' names. In
addition, try to include famous people from different cultures
within your lessons. For example, if students are writing a report
on inventors, you could add one or two Hispanic inventors to the
list of possible topics.
- Recognize their hard work. It takes tremendous
effort to do what they do. They are learning the curriculum in a
different language with little support at home if parents don't
speak English. They are working harder than you think. ELLs with
lower proficiencies are apt to get tired and give up.
- Encourage their efforts. Effort affects
progress more than innate qualities. Encouragement like, "I noticed
you working hard." "Thank you for listening." "I can tell you work
hard." "I can tell you listen to your teachers." is more effective
than "I can tell you are smart." or "I can see you are
intelligent." By recognizing effort, students realize that success
is within everyone's reach: "If I continue to work hard, I will
learn." On the other hand, emphasizing intelligence may make some
students feel that success will never be within their reach: "I
don't get it, so I must not be smart, so I'll never learn."
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR COMMUNICATION WITH
- Please send notes home in Spanish for parents who speak
Spanish, even if the student speaks English.
- On conference scheduling notes, please ask in Spanish, "Do you
need an interpreter?" Yes/ No "¿Necesita Ud. un interprete?" (Sí/
- Be sensitive to parents' work commitments. Many families have
one parent outside the home working (day and night), and they
exchange roles as caregivers. Try not to get upset when they cannot
come to school.
ACCESS for ELLs Testing began in December and will end in
February. Thank you for your cooperation as we interrupt our
regular schedules to complete the testing.
* ACCESS for ELLs is an annual standards-based,
criterion referenced K-12 English language proficiency assessment
(as required by NCLB legislation) given to students who have been
identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is used to
monitor students' progress in acquiring social and academic
English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as
the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science,
and social studies within the school context across the four
language domains. Test forms are divided into five grade-level
clusters: Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and
Grades 9-12. Within each grade-level cluster (except Kindergarten),
ACCESS for ELLs consists of three forms: Tier A (beginning), Tier B
(intermediate), and Tier C (advanced). This keeps the test shorter
and more appropriately targets each student's range of language
* taken from www.wida.us and www.isbe.net
- www.wida.us -
Information about language proficiency assessment and
- www.ell.dpi.wi.gov/ - The
state of Wisconsin Bilingual and ESL programs.
- www.isbe.net - ELL link for
Illinois State Board of Education info regarding
Classroom Spanish: Mira. = Look.
Ven aquí. = Come here. (Bayn A KEE)
Escucha = Listen.
Siéntate. = Sit down.
Levántate. = Stand up.
(Lay-VAHN-tah-tay.) Escribe. = Write.
Please contact ESL staff for additional Spanish language