District 35 will be administering the ACCESS test from January 12, 2022 - February 15, 2022.
The ACCESS test will include assessments in the four domains of language proficiency: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We anticipate receiving results in the fall of 2022 and individual results will be mailed home at that time.
If you have any questions about the ACCESS testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s EL teacher at South, West, or Central School.
Multicultural literature serves as a powerful tool in enabling students to gain a better understanding of both their own culture and the cultures of others. It helps to stimulate an understanding of diversity in the classroom and the world around them. Below are various read aloud options that promote multiculturalism and inclusiveness.
A New Home by Tania Regil
A Ticket Around the World by Kim Smith
Abuela by Arhtur Dorros
All Are Welcome by Suzanne Kaufman
Biblioburro by Jeannette Winter
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee
Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh
Drawn Together by Minh Le
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
When a student takes an WIDA Access screener, you get a score. Often you’ll also get some indication of what that score means, expressed as an English level or label, for example “beginner” or “advanced”. There are many different English leveling systems in use, which have implicit or explicit leveling systems built into their scoring.
Level 1: Beginning - Entering
This student is often a new arrival with little previous English training and—this is the key—a very limited vocabulary. This student is lost in the classroom and has nothing on which to base his ability to function, comprehend, and respond. The student has no knowledge of English beyond... More
Below are a few articles which share helpful resources.
- Why Reading to Your Kids in Your Home Language Will Help Them Become Better Readers
- But What If I Don’t Know English?
- Learning Two Languages
Children Learning English on Websites
Work Together and Learn Together
Explore various websites and apps together. Let your child explore the various options and model your enthusiasm to learn.
Find Topics that Interest Your Child
Find your child’s interest and explore topics that personally motivate them to want to learn more
Make it Fun
Play games on the computer, have friendly competitions and make it interactive.
Don’t Take Too Long
Limit activities online to 10 minutes or less. If you are reinforcing an activity, spend no more than 20 to 30 minutes a day depending upon their age.
Browse and explore various websites where your kids can learn English at home and... More
In January of each year, your child will receive an English Language Assessment. This assessment will measure the progress that your child is making in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. In addition, it also determines whether or not your child continues to be an English Learner, and if so, the amount of support your child will receive.
EL Learners = English Language Learners
Educational Program for students who speak or are exposed to more than one language.
Need Support in understanding English used in the Classroom & by Peers
What does my Child do in EL Class?
- We work on Listening, Speaking, Reading, & Writing
- Offer support in Core Subjects such as Science, Social Studies, Math & Language Arts
- Students work one - on -one, small groups, and use technology.
How do I know my Child is learning?
- Progress Reports mailed home by EL Teacher every Quarter
- Report Cards posted on Family Access
- Parent Teacher Conferences in November (Central,... More