In School District No. 83, the role of the ELL teacher is to help students to become proficient in English, to develop both intellectually and as citizens, and to achieve the expected learning outcomes of the provincial curriculum. ELL Teachers must meet the requirements for certification by the BC College of Teachers.
The ELL teacher works with both ESL and ESD students. ESL Learners are those whose primary language(s) of the home is other than English. ESD learners are those who speak a variation of English that is significantly different from that used in schools. These ELL learners require additional services in order to develop their individual potential within the British Columbia school system.
The ELL teacher is a member of the support team for the student and works with other members of the school team, parents, classroom teachers, administration and counselors in reaching outcomes and developing goals for the ELL students.
Assessment and Identification
For a student to be identified as an ELL learner, a referral is sent to the ELL teacher by the Learning resource teacher. An assessment of English language proficiency is then done by the ELL teacher. A language proficiency test is carried out annually to determine progress and eligibility for ELL funding (maximum of 5 years)
Delivery Methods (depending on the needs of the ELL student):
- One on one instruction to student by ELL specialist
- Consultative support to classroom teacher and SBT
- Collaborative support to classroom teacher and SBT
- Adapted/supplementary curriculum materials to student’s program
- Direction to a teaching assistant (CEA)
Description of Services of ELL teacher:
- Instructs ELL students whose English proficiency ranges from beginner to advanced (grades K-12)
- Teaches English as an additional language using strategies to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
- Introduce ELL learners to basic concepts in various academic subject areas
- Assess the needs of ELL students, using appropriate assessment tools
- Suggest appropriate placement, programming and service delivery alternatives in consultation with classroom teachers and administrators
- Suggest adaptations to the classroom environment or curriculum
- Help resolve any apparent behavioral problems that arise (cultural misunderstandings)
- Family liaison to ELL families
- Write Annual Individual Plans for ELL students
- Write progress reports for each reporting period