English Language Acquisition
Madison School District is committed to meeting the needs of our English Language Learners (ELLs). To this end, we have Structured English Immersion (SEI) classrooms in schools that have 20 or more ELL students in a three grade level span. The instruction in these classrooms provides ELL students with explicit support for the development of critical language skills. All SEI classroom teachers are highly qualified and have an SEI or English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. The combination of smaller class sizes and highly qualified teachers enables students to access essential academic standards by providing the English language proficiency and fluency necessary for success in school. The curriculum is focused on accelerating the development of critical literacy skills such as reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and vocabulary through instruction specifically designed language proficiency standards.
If a school, or grade level, does not have enough students to constitute an SEI classroom, every ELL student at that school will be placed on an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Throughout each day, these students will receive instruction to assist in their English language development. This consists of instruction through speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary lessons.
Throughout the year, student progress in language acquisition is monitored and the information obtained is shared with parents.
For more information, please contact:
ELD Coordinator/ Instructional Specialist