Language Development Approach
The goal of the District 6 Language Development Approach is to provide students who learn English as a second language with challenging, personalized, high-quality, rigorous, grade-level standards-based instruction that engages, empowers, and inspires learning every day. Such grade-level standards-based instruction is coherent and anchored in D6's Vision for English Language Learners and the Six Principals for English Language Learner (ELL) Instruction.
Three Domains for English Language Learner Instruction
Each of the following three domains each include two principles of ELL instruction as developed by researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders through Stanford University's Understanding Language Initiative.
Opportunities to Learn
- Instruction provides ELLs with opportunities to engage in discipline-specific practices to build conceptual understanding, analytical practices, and language competence simultaneously.
- Standards-aligned instruction for ELLs is rigorous, grade-level appropriate, and provides deliberate and appropriate scaffolds.
- Instruction leverages ELLs' home language(s), cultural assets, and prior knowledge.
- Instruction moves ELLs forward by taking into account their English proficiency level(s) and prior schooling experiences.
- Instruction fosters ELLs' autonomy by equipping them with the strategies necessary to comprehend and use language in a variety of academic settings.
- Formative assessment practices are employed to gather evidence and guide (both teacher and students) productive next steps to support learning conceptual understandings, analytical practices, and language development simultaneously.