ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
English Language Learners (ELLs) are identified through a Home Language Survey and the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) ™ more aptly known as a screening tool that is administered shortly after registration in a Brandywine School District school. This entry test determines eligibility and English Language Proficiency Levels (ELP) for each new ELL student that registers in our district.In Elementary schools, ELL students are provided services using an inclusion/push-in model that allows ESOL teachers/tutors to provide direct language instruction and regular classroom support based on the student’s needs. Secondary schools provide structured English immersion where students are scheduled into an ESL class period and receive direct language instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each school in the Brandywine School District is assigned an ESOL teacher or tutor to work with ELL students within each building.
We are currently serving approximately 500 ELL students through a variety of instructional strategies that include small group teaching and regular classroom assistance.