Welcome to English Language Learning!
November Monthly News
The kindergarten students are working on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while learning about the weather. They are learning to describe and explain content related to weather patterns. They are also practicing their sounds, sight words, print concepts, and writing sentences interactively. Great work, grade K!
Grade two is working on Seesaw to practice using their oral academic content related to the scientific theme of matter. They are learning to identify non-fiction text features and to close read scientific text to continue to build their academic vocabulary and comprehension. They are also working on writing paragraphs with beginning/closing sentences and three or more details. Furthermore, they are learning to edit their own work. Nice job, grade two!
Grade three is learning to wright a tight paragraph with all of the needed conventions. They are also learning to expand their writing to the essay format. They are working on research related to the scientific theme of plants. They will continue to present orally in their classroom and discuss academic content with their peers.
Grade four is working on using academic content to orally recount, explain, argue, and discuss academic themes. They will be honing these skills in order to present on various academic topics.
Grade five is working on higher level vocabulary structures including Greek and Latin roots. They are also working on reading comprehension strategies and learning to self-edit their writing.
This month, a Spanish club is starting during recess once a week for native and non-native Spanish speakers. The club will run in five week cycles, so that all those that are interested can have a chance to participate.
Are You New to Ardmore?
We are proud of our students! There are many people in our school community that are multilingual. Ardmore has a Multiethnic Committee that works to plan and provide opportunities for our school community to celebrate the ethnic heritage of all students. Below is a link to an article that describes some of our school's present and past activities. At Ardmore we celebrate being bilingual!
English Language Learning (ELL) Program
English language learning (ELL) students in the state of Illinois are now referred to as emergent bilinguals instead of English langauge learning students. This title reflects and honors the students' heritage and bilingualism.
Academic support is provided for qualifying students who are building English proficiency from kindergarten through fifth grade. Once it is determined that a child qualifies to receive bilingual/ELL services, our staff determines the level of support needed and works to provide appropriate programing. The state of Illinois requires that all emergent bilingual students are tested yearly with the ACCESS 2.0 test in order to gage progress in their English language proficiency. This enables students and their families to see academic growth and provides our staff with information to help to continue to provide appropriate programming for students.
The main goal of our English language learning team is to help our students in their acquisition of English in all four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while encouraging support for their native language as well at home and in school. This is done using a variety of strategies, materials, and technology in order to help tailor each student's learning to his/her needs. In this way, Ardmore staff works to provide a child centered academic program in which everyone collaborates to help support each student.
Please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the emergent bilingual resource teacher, if you have questions.
Emergent bilingual students participate in the ACCESS 2.0 test every year while they are in the program. Illinois is part of the WIDA consortium which creates and scores the test. Please contact Mrs. Bohlin for more information about this test. Click for ACCESS 2.0 samples.
Ardmore Parents as Partners
Ardmore Parents as Partners progam is a series of events where the parents of the students who are emergent bilinguals meet with various staff to discuss information, ways to support student learning, and celebratory activities for emergent bilingual students and their families. Topics of interest can include information regarding ACCESS 2.0, ways that you can help support your child academically at home, and/or participate in school celebrations. Do you have any topics of interest? Please contact Mrs. Bohlin.
Reading at Home
The first link below will take you to some reading tips for parents. The second link will take you to a chart that you can use with early readers to help them keep track of what they read at home. Both resources are from the ReadWriteThink website. Please let us know how we can help support you with reading at home.
Do You Need Assistence?
For more information regarding the ELL program at Ardmore School, please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the Ardmore emergent bilingual resource teacher.
Contact Information for Mrs. Bohlin
Phone (630) 516-7370
Please supervise students when they are using any of the website links on this site.