An English Language Learners Program (ELL) provides the opportunity for students to become proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English. This program includes cultural study and develops an understanding of the American Society. It provides a positive environment where the student’s culture is valued and the study of their first language is encouraged.
According to Iowa Code, Section 280.4, a limited English proficient student is defined as follows: “a student’s language background is in a language other than English and the student’s proficiency in English is such that the probability of the student’s academic success in an English-only classroom is below that of an academically successful peer with an English Language background.”
This plan has been put into place to help identify language minority students. Assessing these students’ skills is a critical step in determining their need for placement in the English Language Learner Program.