• Being actively involved in the mainstream classroom and curriculum as much as possible.
• A caring environment that provides the support needed to be successful in the mainstream curriculum.
• Challenges that encourage achievement of personal best.
• A focus on fluency that helps students view language errors as natural and valuable learning opportunities.
• Developing strategies for monitoring personal progress and achieving academic goals.
• Small learning groups that provide unique learning opportunities with quality interaction and support.
• Ample opportunities to practice new concepts and skills in a variety of contexts.
ELL PROGRAM LEVELS
Students new to TAAS are given an examination that evaluates their English language skills. This examination and other factors aid the ELL program in placing students in the best learning environment. Student progress in the ELL program is closely monitored and periodically evaluated. Students that demonstrate improved levels of English will be considered for placement in either a more advanced ELL level or in the mainstream classroom (exiting the ELL program).
About ELL Homeroom
This level is designed especially for students in the grades five through eight needing a significant amount of support as they enter a school that uses English as the language of instruction. Students at this level spend the majority of their day with their ELL teacher. An emphasis is placed on learning English and acquiring skills necessary to be successful in an American school. ELL Homeroom offers an eclectic approach to the majority of the curriculum, selecting the most valuable concepts, skills, and vocabulary covered in the different grade levels.