About EL

  • What is EL?
    The English Learner program is a sequenced program of instruction to develop students' English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English.

    Why do we have an EL program?
    Federal and state laws require that public schools provide instruction in English when language is a barrier to education.

    How do teachers teach EL?
    EL teachers teach only in English. EL teachers use a variety of best practice strategies to help students to become proficient in the English language.  EL teachers use simplified English, gestures, pictures, songs, role-play, and other techniques to help students build basic English speaking skills. EL teachers combine literacy, regular classroom content, and second language teaching methods to support students learning to read and write in English. EL teachers use a variety of service models to instruct the students. For example, EL students may receive EL services in a pull-out, push-in, co-teaching or a combination of each model.

    How long does it take a student to learn English?
    Learning English is influenced by many factors, but studies show that it takes a minimum of 5-7 years of high quality instruction for students to become proficient in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English.


    Do you have a question about our English Learner program?
    Please Email:  mschenck@shakopee.k12.mn.us