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Multilingual Learners 

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RESOURCES

MULTILINGUAL LEARNERS

CONTACTS

Multilingual English.pdf

Purpose


Auburn School District places a high value on the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of our students and families.  Over 80 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students and over 40% of our students utilize multiple languages in their daily lives.


The goal of the Multilingual Learner Program is to accelerate development of English language proficiency through grade level content while promoting the value and continued development of home languages.


Program Model in Elementary

Students who qualify for support in grades K-5 receive instruction in general education classes by teachers using appropriate strategies for accelerating language development.  In addition, students in the earlier stages of English language development receive direct support one or more periods per day from EL/DL endorsed EL teachers.  This support model is called Supportive Mainstream.


Program Model in Secondary

Students who qualify for support in grades 6-12 receive instruction in general education classes by teachers using appropriate strategies for accelerating language development.  In addition, students in the earlier stages of English language development receive direct language development instruction and content instruction at the same time, in classes taught by EL/DL endorsed teachers.  These include such content areas as ELA, Social Studies, and Science.  This support model is called Content ESL.


Eligibility for EL Services

All students registering for school in Washington complete a Home Language Survey. If this survey indicates that the student's primary language or home language is something other than English, the student will be assessed using a test called the WIDA Screener.  This initial assessment will be used to measure the English language proficiency level of new students whose first language is a language other than English.  


Annual Testing

All students who are eligible for support through the EL Program will participate in the WIDA ACCESS test each spring to determine continued eligibility.  Students whose WIDA ACCESS score indicates an English proficiency levels consistent with high levels of success in school may be exited from the program.   Students with significant cognitive delays may participate in an alternative assessment called WIDA Alt ACCESS.

Assessment

WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in grades K–12 to help educators identify whether they are English language learners (ELLs). It is a flexible, on-demand assessment that can be administered at any time during the school year. 

The annual WIDA ACCESS assessment is an online or paper annual assessment given to EL students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services through the WIDA Screener. The annual assessment measures students' English language proficiency, both knowledge and skills, in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students remain eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (Alternate ACCESS) is a large-print, paper-based test individually administered to students in Grades 1-12 who are identified as English language learners (ELLs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Alternate ACCESS is intended for ELLs who participate, or who would be likely to participate, in their state's alternate content assessment(s).

Elementary (PreK-5)

High School (Grades 6-12)


MAEGHAN BOWMAN

Director of Multilingual Learners (6-12)

EMAIL: mpbowman@auburn.wednet.edu

PHONE: 253-931-495

PETER LAMB

Assistant Director of Multilingual Learners (PK-5)

EMAIL: plamb@auburn.wednet.edu

PHONE: 253-931-4950 



Parents/guardians are welcome to request interpreter services. The Department of Multilingual Learners provides translation and interpretation to all families at no cost to our students, parents/guardians and staff in the Auburn School District.

To request an interpreter or translation, please submit an interpreter or translation request to Interpreter Services at interpreters@auburn.wednet.edu


For more information please refer to the Interpreter and Translation Services webpage.


JENNIFER BOLIN

Interpreter Services Specialist

EMAIL: jbolin@auburn.wednet.edu  or interpreters@auburn.wednet.edu