English Language Learners Program


ENGLISH LEARNER PROGRAM, ELL Coordinator: Rachel Winet
English Learner Instructional Assistants: Lidia Vandevelde and Sue Reich

English Learner Program:
We have a dual obligation for the education of English learners. These responsibilities include developing students' English proficiency and providing access to academic content instruction. Expected levels of English language proficiency are based on a projected increase of one Overall Proficiency Level per year, as measured by the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The district expects reclassification to fluent English-proficient status within five years for students who enter the district at the "beginning" level.
At Black Mountain Middle School, all English learners typically increase one proficiently level for each year they are enrolled. Students are reclassified as Fluent English Proficient when all subscores on the CELDT for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and their Overall score is Advanced and/or Early Advanced along with a score of 320 in English/Language Arts on the CST.

English Language Development:
English learners receive concentrated instruction in the use of the English language that is appropriate for their grade and English language proficiency level. Such instruction must be provided by a CLAD teacher with advanced training in special strategies to help students increase their English proficiency and learn academic subjects taught in English. English language development (ELD) is embedded in all activities conducted in English throughout the school day, and students receive focused ELD instruction targeted to their specific proficiency level in their English/Language Arts class.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT):
Any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) within 30 days of his/her first date of enrollment in a California school to determine whether the student is "fluent English proficient or an English Learner." The CELDT is then administered each year to English learners until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient. CELDT results establish one of five proficiency levels for each student: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, or Advanced. The CELDT enables the district and the state to monitor student progress in learning English and helps teachers diagnose students' instructional needs.

Black Mountain Supports:
All Black Mountain teachers are credentialed and have completed specific coursework and certification to support English language learners within their classrooms. English language development is an integral part of classroom instruction for English learners. At Black Mountain we have specific ELD classes for the Humanities Core (English/Language Arts and Social Studies). Students are recommended for these classes by multiple measures such as teacher recommendations, CELDT scores, CST scores, and MAPS. The focus of these classes are to build their academic language in the content area being taught along with building their overall fluency skills in English.

We have two English Learner Instructional Assistants that work with students and support teachers in meeting the needs of English learners. The Instructional Assistants usually focus their support with students at the Beginning and Early Intermediate levels. Parent meetings are held 3 times a year to discuss the English learner program at Black Mountain. If parents have specific concerns about their child's progress, they are encouraged to meet with the classroom teacher to discuss their questions.

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