The ELL student who cannot comprehend the language of instuction should not be assigned failing grades in grades K-8. He/she should be assigned grades based on:
If the ELL student is able to perform the skills in a subject, e.g. math, he should be given a regular grade:
A, B, C, D. If he cannot pass the regular or modified
tests because of limited English skills, he should receive
an N for "needs improvement".
In high school, ELL students can only receive N's for half of the year. The second half of the year, they must receive
regular grades based on a sheltered teaching
This information is found in the pupil progression handbook in the principal's office.
If you have questions about grading, promotion, or accommodations, please contact me by e-mail (see top of page).
OBJECTIVES FOR Beginning ELL STUDENTS:
1. Follows oral and written instructions.
2. Requests assistance or help, verbally or nonverbally
3. Interacts with peers and teachers to do classwork
4. Expresses likes, dislikes, and needs
5. Listens to and looks at subject matter
6. Repeats words and phrases when asked to do so
7. Infers meaning from speech, gestures, pictures, and
8. Looks at and copies the teachers' notes or the notes
9. Can draw to present information; can infer information
10. Can predict what action should come next after a routine
has been established
11. Can label drawings with appropriate words
12. Can engage in small talk with teacher and peers
MATERIAL TO BE TAUGHT to Beginning ELL students:
1. greetings (HI, Hello, How are you)
2. Everyday school intructions (sit down, stand up, be
3. Questions and answers (Do you understand, What's the
4. Basic school vocabulary (pencil, paper, book, board,etc)
5. School skills:
a. copying notes
b. highlighting or underlining important words
c. drawing, illustrating
e. labeling parts of a drawing or illustration
6. How to do a physical or hands on project
7. How to work in a group or with a partner
8. How to correct mistakes in his work
9. How to use different parts of a text book
10. How to use his dictionary or translator to assist
11. How to use pictures, drawings, and graphs
12. How to skim for words in bold print.
This information is from the National ESL Standards for Pre-K - 12 Students disseminated to the 66 ESL education district coordinators by Louisiana Association for Bilingual
Education under a contract with the Louisiana Department of
Education, Division of Special Populations 2000.