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English Learner Education

Welcome to the English Learner Website!

The mission of the Reading Public Schools’ program for English Learner Education is for our students to acquire sufficient social and academic skills in English to fully participate and succeed in becoming innovative leaders of tomorrow.  We will accomplish this by actively engaging and inspiring our students in second language acquisition by understanding their native cultures, utilizing their skills in their native languages, supporting their families and delivering curriculum that teaches the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary for social well-being and academic success.

The English Learner Education department will work collaboratively as a team comprised of school administrators, teachers using SEI strategies, parents and students to ensure growth in English language proficiency; this team will create and administer a Student Success plan for English learners who are not meeting benchmarks as measured by summative and formative assessments.  

Newsletters

October Newsletter 2018

January Newsletter 2019

May Newsletter 2019

Resources

Support- Learn your rights and help your child succeed

Family Toolkit- Help for understanding the U.S. school system. Includes family and student rights, questions to ask schools, tips, and resources.  Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, and Spanish.

Mass. Dept. of Education ELL Information- State level information for families about curriculum, guidance, laws, and more.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition- Information, support, and legal services for immigrants and refugees.

Informed Immigrant – Guides and support for undocumented immigrants.

Colorin Colorado- Strategies (especially for reading) to help your bilingual child succeed in school.

Mentors for Kids- Find an adult mentor to support your child academically, socially, and emotionally.

Parents Helping Parents MA- trained counselors help parents with problems related to their children and run support groups.

Adult ESL Classes- Learn or expand your English

Mass. Adult Literacy Hotline- Provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs

English at Large- Greater Boston-based FREE conversation groups and tutoring

Reading Public Library English Conversation Group- Meets every Tuesday 7-8:30

Middlesex Community College English Learner Institute- A noncredit program that focuses on helping members of the community develop basic English and other skills

Woburn YMCA ESOL Program- Advanced English classes through the YMCA's International Learning Center

Community Links- Get involved in the town of Reading

Town of Reading Website- News and information about our community

Town of Reading E-Subscribe- Sign up for email newsletters from the town on different topics

Reading Public Library- Books, homework help, museum passes, story times, book clubs, and more.

Burbank YMCA- Gym and pool facilities, swim and sport classes for children, teens, and adults, child care, day camps, and more.

Reading Recreation- Sports classes and activities for kids: basketball, baseball, karate, soccer, etc.

Burbank Ice Arena- Year-round ice skating, lessons, hockey, parties, etc.

Newcomers & Neighbors - A social club for meeting other Reading families

Dictionaries and Tips

Advice for Learning English- Helpful tips and ideas to improve your English

Content Glossaries (grade 3-12)- Bilingual glossaries organized by content area.

Enchanted Learning- Picture Dictionary- English picture dictionary (Bilingual also available by clicking at the top of the page)

Google Maps- Find almost any location on earth in map or 3D view

Google Translator- Translate text or documents into another language.

Language Guide: Spoken Visual Dictionary- Choose a language and a category to see pictures and hear words pronounced.

The Internet Picture Dictionary- Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

Speaking and Pronunciation

Learn English Series- YouTube Series to practice speaking English

Learn English with Jokes – Lots of fun jokes to practice your English!

English Club: Pronunciation- Interesting activities to understand and practice pronunciation in English.

howjsay.com- Type in English words to hear how they are pronounced

Language Guide: Spoken Visual Dictionary- Choose a language and a category to see pictures and hear words pronounced.

Vocabulary

Grades 3-12 Content Glossaries by Language- Bilingual glossaries in over 30 languages organized by subject area and grade

A4ESL: Bilingual Quizzes- English vocabulary quizzes translated into over 40 languages.

About.com- Advanced TOEFL Practice- Collection of links to help with TOEFL study

Enchanted Learning- Picture Dictionary - English picture dictionary (Bilingual also available)

English Club: Vocabulary- A few interesting articles about important and challenging English vocabulary.

ESL Games: Memory Games- Games to practice different categories of vocabulary.

The Internet Picture Dictionary- Words sorted by category and shown with pictures.

Vocab Ahead- Videos to help learn advanced vocab for SAT prep.

 Word Sift- Enter text to generate visuals for vocabulary

Grammar

BBC: Blast the Rocket Game Practice regular and irregular past tense verbs with this fun game.

English Club: Grammar Lots of interesting articles about different grammar points.

English Club: Parts of Speech Click on the different parts of speech to learn more.

ESL Games: Sentence Monkey Games Games to practice different parts of speech and grammatical structures.

Fun English Games: Grammar Fun games to practice punctuation, sentence structure, prefixes, suffixes, and parts of speech.

Listening

Duolingo- Practice reading, speaking, and listening while having fun!

English Club: Listening- Lots of fun listening exercises with new updates weekly.

Reading

BBC World News- News available in 32 Languages (scroll to bottom to choose language)

Classic Fairy Tales- Animated video book versions of classic fairy tales with games and activities after reading.

Duolingo- Practice reading, speaking, and listening while having fun!

English Club: Reading- Interesting activities to practice reading in English.

English Club: Reading (grades K-2)- Interesting activities to practice reading in English for young learners.

Frankfurt International School (Grade 4+)- Reading activities to help you learn different reading strategies.

Fun English Games: Reading- Fun games to practice reading comprehension

Starfall: Learn to Read (grades K-2)- Interactive activities to help young students learn to read.

Rewordify - Use to simplify English text. Also provides vocabulary exercises for the text you submit.

Academic word finder - Copy and paste a passage to get a list of grade level vocabulary words with definitions.

Text to Speech Reader- Copy and paste text to have it read aloud.

Cognate Linguistics - Highlight cognates in passages, download cognate lists by grade level and curriculum area, etc.

Convert an Image to Text using Google Docs – Helpful for accessing all the tools listed in this section. Take a picture of a book and convert it to text.

Writing

English Club: Writing- Interesting activities to practice writing in English.

 Frankfurt International School (Grade 4+)- Writing activities to help you learn different writing strategies.

 Fun English Games: Writing- Fun games to practice writing letters, stories, news articles, debates, advertising and instructions

 Graphic Organizers- Use these awesome graphic organizers to help plan what you will write!

 Make your own Comics!- Write your own comic using fun characters, speech bubbles, and more.

Math

Cool Math (grades 6-12)- Fun and visual review all middle and high school math topics.

Cool Math 4 Kids (grades K-5)- Fun and visual review all elementary math topics.

Teacher Resources:

Curriculum and Instruction

General Resources and Information:

WIDA Can-Do Descriptors K-12- Can do Descriptors by English Proficiency Level. Choose the “Can Do Descriptors Name Charts” for your grade level and print on ledger-sized paper.

MA DESE EL Information - Curriculum, resources, professional development, etc.

25 Quick Tips for Teachers of ELLs- Pick a few tips to try today!

Info. and Advice for Generalist Teachers - Frankfurt International School's ESL site includes extensive information for generalist teachers

Colorin Colorado for Educators- A wealth of resources for curriculum and instruction ideas when working with ELs

NCELA Resource Library - The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition has a huge database of articles, reports, classroom materials, curricula, fact sheets, and more.

Picture Books for Older Students - Here is a bibliography of picture books for secondary teachers, organized by subject.

Sentence Frames - Use sentence frames to help ELs (and all students!) build proficiency with academic language.

Transfer Errors Language Guide - Chart with examples of transfer errors (the impact of students' first languages when acquiring English).

Transfer Issues in Different Languages - 10+ Languages with examples of transfer errors. Click on “Some Other Language Differences” for Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, and Portuguese.

Online Tools for Supporting Instruction:

Grades 3-12 Content Glossaries by Language- Bilingual glossaries in over 30 languages organized by subject area and grade

Rewordify - Use to simplify English text to be more easily understood by ELs and their parents. Also provides vocabulary exercises for the passage you submit.

Academic Word Finder - Copy and paste a passage to get a list of tier 2 vocabulary with definitions.

Text-to-Speech Reader- Copy and paste text to have it read aloud

Cognate Linguistics – a variety of tools to support students’ with romance languages as their first language to make connections to English cognates. Highlight cognates in passages, download cognate lists by grade level and curriculum area, etc.

Convert an Image to Text using Google Docs – Helpful for accessing all the tools listed in this section. Take a picture of a book and convert it to text.

Laws and Guidance

Mass. DESE ELL Guidance and Laws- State level resources regarding ELs' rights

ELs with Disabilities- Information from the U.S. Department of Ed. on distinguishing language acquisition from learning disabilities and supporting ELs with disabilities.

Informed Immigrant – Resources for educators supporting undocumented students

Mentors for Kids- Find programs (like Big Brothers, Big Sisters) that pair at-risk youth with adult mentors.

Translation Resources:

DocTranslator – Use for informal translation purposes. Upload a pdf, doc, ppt, etc. and have it translated preserving your formatting.

Catholic Charities Community Interpreter Services – contact for interpretation (spoken) or translation (written) for important documents and meetings. 

NETA New England Translators Association - Another resource for interpretation / translation

National Association of School Psychologists – Look up school psychologists in the area for bilingual testing.

Contact Us

Carla Pennacchio
English Learner (EL) Coordinator/
PreK-12 teacher
carla.pennacchio@reading.k12.ma.us
Francine Rubano-Jones
English Learner (EL) Teacher
Grades PreK-8
francine.rubano-jones@reading.k12.ma.us
Karen Hall
English Learner (EL) Teacher
Grades PreK-8
Part Time: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
karen.hall@reading.k12.ma.us
About Our EL Program

Our Vision

  • The vision of the Reading Public Schools’ program for English Language Education is for our students to acquire sufficient social and academic skills in English to fully participate and succeed in becoming innovative leaders of tomorrow.  We will accomplish this by actively engaging and inspiring our students in second language acquisition by understanding their native cultures, utilizing their skills in their native languages, and supporting them and their families. The English Language Education department will work collaboratively as a team comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents and students to ensure a rich and varied approach to English language learning.  This learning encompasses direct second language instruction with units that teach the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary for academic success.  Students’ growth in English language proficiency will be measurable and lead towards fluency in social and academic language.

 

The Reading Public Schools value the linguistic and cultural diversity of all students and supports the linguistic and academic achievement of English Learners (ELs). An EL is a student whose native language and/or home language is one other than English, and who is still developing proficient English language skills. ELs have the dual challenge of acquiring proficiency in English in addition to acquiring academic content area knowledge.

The goal of the EL Department is to promote the continual development of ELs as they acquire English proficiency in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as acquiring content area knowledge.

Eligibility

A home language survey is included in the Reading Public Schools’ registration packet. When a language other than English is indicated the student is referred to the EL Department and the student’s proficiency is assessed using the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) to determine if EL support is needed. The amount of EL instruction students receive depends on their present level of English language proficiency and will continue until the student has achieved a level of English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to be able to successfully comprehend and access grade level curriculum. EL instruction and content area support is available to all EL students in grades K-12 and at all of the eight schools within the Reading Public Schools.

Transitioning

The decision to transition a student out of the ELL program will be made after a review of the following information: the Massachusetts DESE’s annual ACCESS for ELs English proficiency assessment, ELA MCAS scores, and overall classroom performance.  Upon exiting the EL program, all Former English Learners students (FELs) will be monitored for four years to ensure continuing academic success.  

Curriculum and Assessment

Curriculum

The EL Department teaches cross-curricular units focused on listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as acquiring content area knowledge. Our curriculum is aligned to the WIDA Can-Do Descriptors, as well as the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

 

Assessment

All English Learners (Grades K-12) must take the ACCESS for ELs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Learners) test in the winter each year.   This is a test to see how well the students understand spoken English, communicate in English, and read and write in English.

The grade level clusters include PreK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There are five content areas of the standards. The first is called social and instructional language (SI), which incorporates proficiencies needed to deal with the general language of the classroom and the school. The others are English language arts (LA), math (MA), science (SC), and social studies (SS).

For each grade level, then, the standards specify one or more performance indicators for each content area within each of the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

For grades 1-12, ACCESS for ELs is administered online. Grades 1-3 are tested on paper for the writing portion of the test only.   Kindergartners take the paper version of the test. 

For more information: Guide to Understanding the ACCESS Parent Report (Translations)

 

EL Progress Reports

Progress Reports for English Learners are issued in November, March and June of the school year.  The Progress Reports are aligned with the Mass. EL state standards (WIDA), and reflect your students progress in listening, speaking, reading and writing English.

The teachers in EL Department are available for conferences and are more than happy to meet with you at any time during the school year to discuss your child's progress.

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