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.
Level 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.
Many beginning ELL students in grades 1-5 go to pull-out classes for ELL. In pull-out classes, students come to the ELL teacher’s classroom to practice English reading, writing and speaking skills in a small group.
Most ELL students receive help in their regular classrooms. An ELL teacher or assistant 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.