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The English Language Learner (ELL) program is a program that focuses on students in the K-12 setting who are not currently proficient as English speakers and are in the process of developing their English language proficiency skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Response to Intervention (RTI) is a tiered process of instruction that allows the school to identify and help struggling students, who are at-risk for future reading, early and provide appropriate instructional interventions.The ELL and RTI teacher works with students one-to-one or in small groups (usually two to five at a time) in a relaxed environment which gives them the chance to connect with individual learners, address the gaps in their knowledge, evaluate their learning strengths, and tailor lessons to them. To identify students who qualify for ELL or RTI programs, students are assessed at the beginning, middle and end of the year to  provide diagnostic background knowledge, help decide their placement, measure their learning and achievement, and improve or inform instruction.


By the end of the ELL program, students will be able to:

  • become competent in understanding the English language through the development of literacy and   academic skills in grade level content areas
  • reach a level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening as outlined in the Alabama State Standards
  • reach a level of proficiency in all content areas

By the end of the RTI program, students will be able to gain:

  • Fluency
    • Ability to read with speed and accuracy
  • Vocabulary
    • Understanding of individual word meanings
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Ability to get meaning from text
    • Ability to identify the main idea and key details
    • Ability to sequence a passage into an ordinal series
    • Ability to answer direct recall questions
    • Ability to make Inferences and/or predictions
    • Ability to identify unfamiliar vocabulary.