About English Learning (EL)
The mission of the Perry Local Schools English Learning Program is to ensure equal access to standards and school success for English Learners in the state of Ohio.
Perry Local Schools will provide each English Learner (EL) student with a quality instructional program based on their individual needs. Emphasis will be placed on providing students with the greatest possible access to the general education curriculum and to provide students access to appropriate English Language instruction that will ensure progress from the student’s current level of proficiency to proficient level of English understanding. Perry Schools wants to encourage parent and family involvement in school and community activities.
What is EL?
According to the Ohio Department of Education, the term "English Learners" (EL) refer to those students whose native or home language is other than English, and whose current limitations in the ability to understand, speak, read or write in English inhibit their effective participation in a school’s educational program.
Parent Rights (Title III and Parent Notification)
The purpose Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act is to help meet the needs of EL students, develop high quality language instruction programs, build agencies’ capacities, promote parental involvement, streamline programs, hold state and local educational agencies accountable, and provide flexibility for agencies. For more information visit Ohio Department of Education: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
School districts have the flexibility to decide on the educational approach that best meets the needs of their EL students and leads to the timely acquisition of the level of English proficiency the students need to succeed in school. Presented here is an overview of different approaches used in Ohio.
Small Group Instruction for English Learning (EL)
Using this educational approach, EL students are directly instructed in the use of the English language. Instruction is based on a special curriculum that typically involves little or no use of the students’ native language and is usually taught during specific class periods. For the remainder of the school day, students may be placed in mainstream classrooms. EL classes may focus on teaching formal English grammar and on promoting natural communication activities (free conversation, games, discussions on familiar topics). Reading and writing are practiced as well as oral communication skills in English.
Individual or small-group tutoring sessions are used most commonly when there are very few EL students enrolled in a school district. The tutoring sessions may focus on promoting basic English communication skills or on English for academic purposes.
In-class Support (Inclusion and Co-teaching)
In this approach, EL students are together with their native-English speaking peers in the same classroom, but an EL or bilingual education specialist is available in the classroom to support the EL students. For example, the EL or bilingual education specialist may provide guidance to the EL students as they are working on a group project or individual assignment.