The English Language Learner (ELL) program is designed to support students in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District who have 'limited English proficiency' (LEP.) It is available for all students who qualify in the district in grades K-12.
The mission of the ELL program is to offer support for English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as well as to assist with academic content.
The ELL teachers are trained and highly qualified to work with students needing language support. They follow philosophies and implement methods that help students to progress in learning the English language and academic content as well as meeting grade level expectations.
Our goal is for each ELL student to not only speak and understand English, but to also become proficient in reading and writing by meeting academic expectations. - ELL team
Services and support
Sheltered Language Arts/English class
In sheltered classes, English is introduced in a way that can be understood by ELL students. The teacher uses English at the students’ level. The teacher often uses visual aids, concrete experiences, and manipulative materials.
Students have the opportunity to develop the oral and written language skills they need to make academic progress. Students do not compete academically with native English speakers.
Small group sessions
Individual or small-group sessions may focus on basic English communication skills or on English for academic purposes.
In-class support (Inclusion)
ELL students are together with native-English speaking students in the same classroom. An ELL specialist is also in the classroom to support the ELL students. For example, the ELL specialist may provide guidance to the ELL students as they work on a group or individual assignment.
In tutoring sessions either during or after school, students receive various types of support. Depending on the program, this may include homework support, content area support, and/or extra English language instruction.
Leveled literacy intervention (LLI)
LLI is a reading program in which students work with reading teachers in small groups.
Reading recovery is a reading program in which students work with reading teachers in small groups.
Imagine Learning is a computer program that helps students with reading skills.
In these programs, students receive various types of support.
Depending on the program, this may include homework support, content area support, and/or extra English language instruction.
Summer school program
ELL students are invited to participate in an exciting learning adventure with small class sizes and creative ways to learn. It offers a positive educational experience for every child.