E.S.L and E.L.L
Global Educational Excellence seeks to provide every child, regardless of national origin or native language, quality, and meaningful educational instruction. Each students is evaluated on his/her English language proficiency. In addition, academic performance is considered to determine eligibility. Consequently, students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) are provided instructional services through English as a Second Language (ESL) program which is designed to meet their unique needs.
English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)
The goal of the ELPA is to measure the English language proficiency levels of Michigan students who are English Language Learners.The ELPA is required by the State of Michigan, and measures the progress of each English Language Learner from year to year. Both oral and written language are included in the assessment of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills for academic and social settings. Comprehension is assessed through the Listening, Speaking and reading sections of the ELPA. The test provides five performance levels: Advanced Proficient; Proficient, High Intermediate; Low Intermediate; and Basic.
Who takes the ELPA test?
Any K-12 student who speaks another language at home or lives with family members who speak another language will take the ELPA test each Spring until they are exited from the program.
How are the results used?
Your child’s score (level of mastery) on the ELPA helps us know how much time he or she needs ESL services each week. We can also find out what your child needs the most help in, and work on those skills through our ESL programs.
Students will be placed at one of these levels:
Basic: Very little or no English mastery.
Low Intermediate: Be- ginning skills in English. High Intermediate: Some skills in English. Instruction is still needed for academic success.
Proficient: Developing skills in English. Instruction is still necessary for academic progress.
Advanced Proficiency: This student may be exited from the ESL program if class performance is acceptable.
SIOP-Based ELL Program
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) is a model that works well with English Language Learners, developed by the National Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence funded by the US Department of Education. The theory behind this model is that language acquisition is enhanced through meaningful use and interaction with the English language. Through the study of content, students interact with the English Language Learners in a meaningful way with material that is relevant to their schooling. All content lessons incorporate activities in the language processes; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The teachers make the content comprehensible for all students through techniques such as the use of visual aids, modeling, demonstrations, graphic organizers, vocabulary, adapted texts, cooperative learning, peer tutoring, and native language support. All professional staff members are trained on this instructional model and, through its use, students are able to master the state- required expectations for yearly improvement.