Welcome to English Language Learning!
January Monthly News
Grade K-5 students will be taking the ACCESS 2.0 test in January and February. This test measures their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
The kindergarten students are working on comparing/contrasting, sequencing, and retelling stories. During guided reading, they are learning to predict, question, summarize, and clarify. They are also working on reading their sight words and writing one to three sentences on the same topic. Great work, grade K!
Grade one is working on foundational skills related to literacy. Decoding words and learning to ask/answer questions in text is helping to create a great foundation for academic success. Keep up the good work, grade one!
These students are working on their oracy and literacy skills as they create books related to the social studies theme of "Around the World". They are using Seesaw to present their information. Ask them to show you their books at the end of January!
Grade three is enjoying the study of figurative language. They are working to boost their English levels as they learn to use idioms and similies, etc. in their speech and writing. In addition, they are close reading text and creating presentations related to the social studies theme of community. A highlight of their work will be using technology and the green screen. It's great to see their progress!
Grade four is working on improving their speaking to build higher levels of oracy. They are using technology to work towards presenting information and narrative stories. A key factor in their learning is their own self-evaluation and analysis of their speaking skills. It's exciting to see them build complexity in their speech!
Grade five is working towards building academic vocabulary with higher level vocabulary (Greek and Latin roots). In addition, they are learning to build oracy/literacy through creating complex sentences.
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
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 ELL 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 ELL resource teacher, if you have questions.
ELL 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 ELL 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.