Sauk Rapids-Rice welcomes English Learners from many different countries and language backgrounds. Our English Learners (EL) program is K-12 offering that teaches the English language to students whose native language is not English. Students are taught by licensed EL teachers using methodology similar to that of teaching a foreign language to a native English speaker. Schools must provide equal opportunities to all students. Failure to take action to overcome language barriers impedes equal participation.
How Do Students Qualify for EL Services?
A Home Language Questionnaire is completed for all newly enrolled students. Any student who indicates that a language other than English is spoken at home, with family or friends, or was learned first, may be eligible for services.
Previous school records and an assessment of oral, reading, and writing proficiency in English are used to determine initial placement in EL services. If a student is not proficient in any area of the assessment, he/she meets state criteria for EL services.
Parents are notified within 10 days of the start of EL services. Parents may refuse services by returning a signed parent notification form to their child’s school.
What do EL Services Look Like?
In grades K-5, students leave their mainstream classes to receive pull-out services aimed at increasing English vocabulary and developing or strengthening skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Support is provided for content area instruction.
In grades 6-12, students attend a regularly scheduled EL class. The focus of instruction is on advancing English skills from whatever proficiency level students are at and on supporting content area instruction.
How do students exit the program?
Students exit the EL program by demonstrating appropriate achievement levels in mainstream classes and by achieving required proficiency levels on state assessments.
Resources and Links
– Adult Education Program: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
– for Families and Students – for District Staff
English as a Second Language Teacher, District