A majority of students in ELL here at Horace Mann would be considered intermediate, intermediate-advanced, or advanced English learners. This means that their speaking and listening with social English is like that of their peers, but they are working towards grade-level, academic goals in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
These students meet for 4-5 days a week for 30 minutes each day. They are normally pulled from reading or writing time in the classroom to work on these same skills in a smaller group in the ELL room.
Because writing includes total language use (academic vocabulary understanding, listening, speaking, reading and writing) - much of the pull-out ELL class time focuses on the writing process. Using Common Core State Standards in writing, and the English Language Proficiency Standards, students in grades 1-6 focus on genre-specific reading and writing. This means they will work on narrative, opinion, and informative writing styles throughout the year. The writing units we work on are based on the language arts focus from HMH Journeys reading materials in the mainstream classroom.