ELA: English Language Acquisition
Due to the various language backgrounds of the 27J student population there are varying types of English Language Acquisition programs in place in the school district. Such programs may include: English as a Second Language Classes, Sheltered Language Classes and/or Native Language Instruction in Spanish.
An English Language Learner (ELL) is a student who has a primary language other than English and whose English has not yet reached proficiency in English. An ELL student is identified using the home language survey and the Colorado English Language Assessment (CELA).
As our District grows, our student body is becoming increasingly diverse. There are approximately 30 languages spoken in our District. The number of home languages has increased steadily, and this trend is expected to continue. Approximately 11 percent of our student body is Non- (NEP) or Limited-English Proficient (LEP) and in need of specialized instruction to develop their English proficiency. This percentage has remained a steady proportion of our student body and is expected to remain so.
Regardless of the program, all Negligibly English Proficient (NEP) students receive English Language Development (ELD) instruction. Colorado ELD standards are the basis for this instruction (see ELD Standards in the Resource Section). ELD methods include Total Physical Response, music, storytelling, singing, role-playing, drama, games, and direct instruction in English literacy skills. 27J staff is committed to developing teaching skills and strategies to help all students learn and succeed.
Peggy Robertson, Director of Organizational Measurement
Norma Craig, Translation Services
Links and Resources:
Colorado Affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Colorado Association for Bilingual Education
Colorado Department of Education English Language Acquisition Unit
Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center (CPIRC)
Colorín Colorado: A Bilingual Site for Families and Educators of ELLs