The Office of English Language Learners (ELL) provides a multi-faceted English language program for non-English speaking students in grades K-12. Eligibility for ELL services is determined through the use of the W-APT. The WIDA Consortium"s screening component is used to measure the students" level of English language proficiency. ELL services are offered to all eligible students either at their home school or at a nearby school.
The goal of the program is to provide ELL students with instruction in the English language by emphasizing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the use of a structured English language approach. The program is organized to provide ELL students with a blend of specialized instructional strategies which will allow them to participate in activities with fluent English language speakers. Teachers use a variety of age appropriate, research based techniques designed to maximize instructional time. ELL uses the curriculum, course syllabi, and Standards of Learning for each subject during our instruction of ELL students.
Ms. Susan Walker is the ELL teacher for both Banneker and Aldie Elementary Schools. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education in Spanish and Home Economics (both K-12) from Missouri State University. Ms. Walker additionally received a Master of Science in Education in Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Tech. Further studies added an endorsement in English as a Second Language (PreK-12). This is Ms. Walker's 30th year of teaching with 16 years spent teaching high school Spanish and almost 14 years spent teaching English Language Learners in all three educational settings -- elementary, middle, and high school.