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ELL Program Model Description



Sheltered Instruction Model Description


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Sheltered Instruction Model Description


Edmonds School District uses a Sheltered Instruction model as an approach to serving students in our ELL Program grades K-12. Sheltered Instruction is used for teaching language and content to English language learners in all academic subjects. Sheltered Instruction is used in both classes comprised solely of English language learners, and classes comprised of native English speakers and English language learners when necessitated by scheduling considerations or by small numbers of English language learners.


(Description from Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program Guidelines)

Program Characteristics

• Core curriculum modified to meet the language development needs of ELLs.

• Specific strategies used to teach a particular content area in ways that are comprehensible and that promote English language development.

• Sheltered Instruction strategies characterized by careful attention to English language learners' distinctive second language development needs and gaps in their educational backgrounds.

• Integrates content area objectives and language development objectives,

• Provides instruction that meets the unique needs of English language learners enrolled in grade-level content courses.


What is the language of instruction?

• Subjects are taught using English as the language of instruction.


What are appropriate teaching strategies for language and content?

• Scaffold instruct to the students' capacity for working in English.

• Use supplementary materials such as graphs, models, hands-on materials, and visual aids to make lessons clear and meaningful.

• Adapted content of the materials to students' level of English proficiency.

• Adapt texts and assignments through a variety of means

o Dense text can be graphically depicted, outlined, or rewritten in more understandable language.

o Passages may be read aloud and paraphrased.

o Work on understanding the text together in pairs or small groups.

• Provide students with hands-on experiences that correspond to the subject area and grade-level curriculum.

• Integrate lesson knowledge and concepts with extensive opportunities for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


Teaching Materials

• Resources to provide hands-on materials, visuals, models, audiovisual resources, and supplementary reading materials.


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