Grandhaven Elementary

English Language Program

Meet our teachers and assistants

Lisa Venable


Sylvia Benitez

Shauna Zavala


Gabi Anguiano

Our program / Nuestro programa

Each day, students in our program receive 30 minutes of pull-out instruction focused on English language.

More about the McMinnville English Learner Program

Cada día, estudiantes en nuestro programa reciben 30 minutos de instrucción fuera del salón enfocado en el idioma inglés.

Resources / Recursos

English Language Proficiency(ELP) Standards

Standard 1:

An EL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

Standard 2:

An EL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

Standard 3:

An EL can speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

Standard 4:

An EL can construct grade-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence.

Standard 5:

An EL can conduct research and evaluate and communicate findings to answer questions or solve problems.

Standard 6:

An EL can analyze and critique the arguments of others orally and in writing.

Standard 7:

An EL can adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

Standard 8:

An EL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

Standard 9:

An EL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Standard 10:

An EL can make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing.

Language Proficiency Levels

Niveles de Competencia en el Idioma Inglés

What should students be working towards at each proficiency level?

Beginning / Principiante

  • Uses present tense of basic verbs
  • Can use present progressive
  • Responds to basic questions: (Do you…, can you…are you …)
  • Can follow basic commands in imperative form (stand up)
  • Auxiliary verbs (can)
  • Regular plural nouns
  • Common and proper nouns
  • Simple prepositions (in, on, up, out, down)
  • Subject Pronouns (I, we, you, it, they)
  • Concrete descriptive adjectives (number, color, size, sensory)
  • Adjective placement
  • Possessive pronouns (my, your, his, her, our, their)
  • Conjunctions (and and or)
  • Definite/ indefinite articles ( the, a, an)

Early Intermediate / Pre-intermedio

  • Present tense irregular verbs
  • Uses past progressive
  • Regular Past Tense
  • Auxiliary verbs (do, can)
  • Uses the future tense (going to, will + verb)
  • Past tense of the verb to be (was there, were there/, there was/were)
  • Can use basic commands in imperative form
  • Can ask and answer basic questions using (are you + verb + ing…may I…)
  • Can ask and answer basic questions using (do/ doesn’t/ did/ didn’t)
  • Contractions (don’t, doesn’t, isn’t aren’t, can’t)
  • Irregular plural nouns
  • Uses a few prepositions with accuracy (next to, on top of, between)
  • Possessive Pronouns (my, your, her, his, their)
  • Object Pronouns (me, you, him, her, it)
  • Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those)
  • Possessive adjectives (your, my, our)
  • Comparative adjectives (- er)
  • Conjunctions (but)

Intermediate / Intermedio

  • Irregular past tense verbs
  • Present perfect (has/hasn’t have/haven’t been)
  • Modals (will, can, may, shall, might, should, could, would…)
  • Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those)
  • Possessive nouns (singular & plural)
  • Uses some prepositions (location, direction, time)
  • Object pronouns (it, me, her, him, you, us, them)
  • Possessive Pronouns (my - mine, her - hers, her - his, their - theirs)
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives (-er, -est; 1 & 2 syllable words)
  • Multiple adjectives
  • Conjunctions (introduction to FANBOYS & AAAWUBBISS)
  • Adverbs (too, very, so, barely, always)
  • Subject-verb agreement for high-frequency verbs (both questions and statements for both affirmative and negative forms)

Early Advanced / Pre-avanzado

  • Phrasal verbs (get down, get up, ran off)
  • Conditional (if + modals)
  • Past Perfect
  • Future Perfect
  • Passive voice (The ball was thrown by…)
  • Uses the majority of prepositions accurately (about, according to, among, because of, besides, despite, due to, for, throughout, within)
  • Reflexive & Reciprocal Pronouns (myself, himself/herself, ourselves, themselves) & (each other, one another)
  • Indefinite Pronouns (somebody, anybody, nobody, everybody, someone, anyone, no one, everyone, something, anything, nothing, everything, somewhere, anywhere, nowhere, everywhere)
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives (irregular & 3 or more syllable words)
  • Conjunctions, including to summarize (either/or, neither/nor, not only/ but also, although, however, yet, therefore)
  • Adverbs ( -ly)
  • Some idiomatic expressions
  • Similes
  • Subject-verb agreement for verbs (both questions and statements for both affirmative and negative forms)

Advanced / Avanzado

  • Present perfect progressive (has been _____ + ing)
  • Past perfect progressive (had been _____ + ing)
  • Future Perfect Progressive (She will have been ___ +ing).
  • Conditional Statements (If she would have…)
  • Tag Questions (aren’t you / didn’t she?/wasn’t he?/haven’t they?)
  • Relative pronouns (who, whom, whose, which)
  • Adverbs of frequency (usually, frequently, rarely, seldom, often, never, sometimes, whenever)
  • Adverbial clauses (As soon as it was his turn, … Whenever she reads, …)
  • Conjunctive Adverbs (however, therefore, after all, nevertheless, furthermore)
  • Advanced idiomatic expressions
  • Abstract similes and metaphors
  • Subject-verb agreement for verbs (both questions and statements for both affirmative and negative forms)

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