English Learners (EL)

Chesapeake Public Schools provides an individualized tutorial program for students who do not speak English as their primary language.  The goal of the English Language Learner (ELL) program is for students to become proficient in English and successful in the classroom.

Students are identified using the Home Language Survey at the time of enrollment.  A diagnostic test is administered to determine whether the student qualifies for English Learner (EL) tutorial services.  Parents are notified of the test results.

Each student receiving services is initially placed in an age appropriate grade level.  An EL tutor is assigned to work with or monitor the progress of the student.  The tutor reinforces the Standards of Learning (SOL) and utilizes the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) English Language Proficiency Standards in instruction.

For further information, please contact Deana G. Otwell-Clinton, Coordinator of EL Services, by calling 757-436-3316 or emailing deana.otwell@cpschools.com.


RESOURCES FOR EL FAMILIES:

English Learner Guidelines for Participation in the VA Assessment Program

LEP Legal Definitions

WIDA Amplified English Language Development Standards (pdf)

WIDA “Can Do” Booklet – Grades 1-2 (pdf)
WIDA “Can Do” Booklet – Grades 3-5 (pdf)
WIDA “Can Do” Booklet – Grades 6-8 (pdf)
WIDA “Can Do” Booklet – Grades 9-12 (pdf)


USEFUL WEBSITES FOR EL FAMILIES:

www.colorincolorado.org

www.eslcafe.com

www.eslflow.com/esllessonplans.html

www.eslgold.com

www.esl-lounge.com

www.eslpartyland.com

www.pdictionary.com

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

www.starfall.com

Additional Useful ESL Websites (pdf)


For additional information, please visit the ELL program section on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website.


Revised 10/17/2017