Elementary Instructional Model


The majority of EL student instruction takes place in the general education or content classroom.  Classroom teachers have the primary responsibility for all students, including those with language learning needs.  In order to meet the unique needs of all students, these guidelines may be used to develop appropriate instruction. In addition to EL services, EL students may also qualify for Title I and other academic support services.  Multiple services should be coordinated to provide comprehensive support that appropriately addresses multiple and varied students.

Co-teaching or Inclusion Model:   Wherever possible, the EL teacher co-teaches in the mainstream classroom with the classroom teacher.  The EL teacher supplements the academic instruction of the classroom teacher, providing flexible grouping options so students receive smaller group or individual instruction.  The EL teacher strives for increased meaningful interaction within the classroom. Co-teaching ensures minimal disruption for the EL student. Teachers use the classroom curricula as a resource, as well as other appropriate supporting materials.

Pull-out Model:  If the EL teacher must pull students from the regular education classroom, she or he will be supporting the academic content of the classroom, and in the four domains of language -- speaking, listening, reading and writing.  In addition to state and district content standards, EL teachers use the ELD standards from WIDA to guide instruction.

Newcomers [WIDA Level of 1-1.9]:  In addition to the above services, students in grades 1-5 identified as newcomers receive approximately 30 additional minutes of EL instruction.  Students are typically taken to a separate room with a licensed EL teacher for this service. Students learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure, as well as social language.  Teachers currently use the Oxford Picture Dictionary Curriculum as well as other appropriate materials. Instruction should focus on the four domains of language -- speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Kindergarten newcomers may receive an additional 20-30 minutes of service daily, depending on overall student needs in the building.