Welcome to ELL!
Elementary Program Models
ELL students spend the majority of their day in their classrooms with English speaking peers. This allows them to be part of the student body, meaningfully and equally within their school. ELL students are provided services through sheltered content instruction and/or co-teaching of core content subject areas. The ELL teacher works closely with the classroom teacher to provide the most appropriate services and to support the academic content being taught within a language framework. This is done by reinforcing academic vocabulary, using strategies specific to ELL instruction, and by modifying and adapting materials, instruction, and curriculum based on individual student language needs.
In some instances, ELL students may also receive assistance for a portion of the day through the pull-out component of the ELL program. In pull-out, ELL students are taught in a separate small group setting for intensive instruction in English and also to receive language support with content area subjects. Pull-out classes may be grouped by grade-level or proficiency level with English instruction that is adapted to students' proficiency levels.
Meet the ELL Teams at Sugarland Elementary School!
Kindergarten ELL Team
Ms. Gyves, Ms. Compton, and Mrs. Sullivan
Grade 1 ELL Team
Ms. Shah and Ms. Gagaki
Grade 2 ELL Team
Ms. Thompson and Mr. Myers
Grades 3-5 ELL Team
Mrs. Lopez, Mrs. Gimenez-Krzysko, and Mrs. Yarborough
What do students learn in ELL?
Students learn how to read, write, speak and listen in English in ELL classes. ELL students are grouped by level. Beginning English language learners work in a small groups with students who are just like them. ELL teachers test all students to give them a level in ELL.
Level 1 students are beginning students who are learning to speak, read and write basic English.
Level 2 students are intermediate English language learners. They need help strengthening reading and writing skills.
Levels 3 and 4 level students have strong reading, writing and speaking skills, but they may still need help to reach the reading and writing level of other students in their grade level.
ELL students in Loudoun County Public Schools usually spend about five years in ELL. Sugar land Elementary is an elementary school in Loudoun County, Virginia with a school population of over 500 students. The ELL program at Sugarland serves approximately 350 children in grades kindergarten to grade 5. Ten full-time teachers work together with classroom teachers to support ELL students.
In- Class Support:
Most ELL students receive help in their regular classrooms. An ELL teacher works with the classroom teacher to teach reading, writing, science, social studies and math lessons to the students. Sugarland staff uses the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocal) approach to Content and Language learning. Classroom and ELL teachers team-teach lessons in the content areas to best meet the needs of all students. In-class team-teaching support can be from thirty to sixty minutes long.