The mission of the English Language Development (ELD) Program is to provide meaningful supplemental instruction in English in order for non- or limited-English speaking students to become successful learners in an English mainstream classroom in a timely manner. Approximately 7 percent (7%) of our students have a primary language other than English. While a variety of languages are spoken, Spanish is predominant.  The English Language Development Program is essential for these English learners (ELs) in order to master academic vocabulary, access day to day instruction and actively participate in the classroom. 

ELD specialists work with students in small-group settings, enabling the students to comfortably take risks in their spoken English. Instruction is given in a clear manner with repetition when necessary. Learning takes place through reinforcement of CORE curricula, literature, games, and other hands-on activities so that real world connections can be made.These techniques are also used to preview classroom material, which helps to build confidence in the mainstream setting. Specific support for vocabulary and concept development in the subject matter content areas is also provided. The children are actively engaged in learning listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English. ELD specialists work collaboratively with classroom instructors, other service providers and administrators to ensure that the program is meeting the needs of our students and teachers, as well as state requirements.

For more information, please contact our ELD Specialist, Laura Symon or or Student Service Coordinator, Marta Batlle

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DELAC (Direct English Language Acquisition Committee) & Outreach
 

2017-18 Meeting Dates
PTA Outreach — September 12
DELAC — October TBD
 

DELAC is a committee made up of staff, a board member and parents of English learners. They meet four times a year to review the English Learner academic program. School Site Council provides oversight to ensure the DELAC addresses the needs of English Learners. DELAC reviews current program, seeks feedback from students, staff and parents about our English Learner program and makes adjustments to programs and future goals.

Outreach — The outreach committee is a joint PTA and staff committee made up of staff and parents. The outreach committee coordinates Tinsley and English Learner communications and outreach activities. One board member also serves on this committee.