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English Language Development

Ruth HainesRuth
Director of ELD
Phone:    440-392-5092
Yaritza Alamo
Bilingual Secretary
Phone:    440-392-5082
Welcome English Language Learners Families!

The Painesville City Local School District’s English Language Development (ELD) program helps students assimilate to their new language, culture, and community. Through the ELD program, students learn insightful skills that help them to succeed in learning how to speak, read, and write in their new second language. The District’s ELD program provides students the necessary skills to succeed academically and is in accordance with Federal and State mandated requirements. Each English Language Learner (ELL) is assigned to a regular classroom where both the regular classroom teacher and Teacher of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) work together to modify curriculum as needed.
Who qualifies for English Language Development service?
Students who do not demonstrate the necessary language skills as measured by district approved Language Proficiency Assessments and “Any individual who:
  • Is between the ages of 3 and 21;
  • Is enrolled in an elementary or secondary school;
  • Has a language other than English as the native/home language, whether born in the United States or another country; and has such difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English that the student may be unable to perform well enough in class or on state tests to meet state expected standards for achievement” (Ohio Department of Education)."

How are Students Identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP)?
In accordance with No Child Left Behind, any student enrolled in Painesville City Local Schools must fill out a Home Language survey as part of the enrollment process. If another language other than English is indicated on the survey, we are required by law to assess the students English language proficiency.

A district and state approved language assessment is used by highly-qualified personnel to then indentify a student’s level of English language proficiency within 14 days of enrollment. The student’s proficiency level determines if he or she qualifies for service.
Parent Involvement
ELD staff has several opportunities throughout the school year to meet with parents. They can include but are not limited to:
  • Open House or Meet the Teacher Night   
  • ELD Night
  • Conferences
  • Math Nigh
  • Reading Night
ELD teachers are available to meet with parents throughout the school year upon request.
Interpretation and Translation Services
In order to effectively communicate with LEP parents, staff will in a timely manner obtain qualified language assistance, which includes the use of interpreters when staff receive or make phone calls and translators for school/home written communication. Families that need these services are identified at the time of enrollment and flagged in Infinite Campus

Painesville City Local Schools currently employs Spanish/English bilingual staff members who provide interpretation and translation services. If interpretation/translation services are needed in a language other than Spanish, the District contracts the services of a Language Bank.
Amount of ELD Services
The amount of service is dependent on the following criteria:
  • Pre/Post Language Assessment
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Academic Achievement

How long will my child be in the ELD program?
The length of time an English Language Learner (ELL) student spends in the program is dependent on their level of proficiency. Research indicates it can take from 5 to 7 years to acquire academic language proficiency compared to a native speaker. Therefore, the amount of support given to an ELL student will depend on his/her progress in the new language. The typical path of an ELL is from full support, to minimal support, to progress monitoring by the ELD teacher. When the student becomes proficient in the four domains of language acquisition Listening, Speaking,Reading, and Writing (as indicated by their scores on the state language assessment), the student is then exited from the program.

To be exited from LEP programs in Ohio, students must demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They must be able to:
  • Achieve successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is in English
  • Meaningfully participate in academic assessments in English; and
  • Attain the state’s required level of English proficiency. This includes:
    • A composite score of 5 on the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA); or
    • Obtains a composite score of 4 on the OELPA, subsequently completes a trial period of mainstream instruction and obtains a composite score of 4 or above on the OELPA during the trial period of mainstream instruction.
What will my child be taught?
Our district’s ELD Program addresses the four basic skills in English: listening, speaking, reading and writing. These skills are introduced and reinforced throughout the year in order to increase the language proficiency and standardized test-taking skills of each student to help him/her meet the state’s academic standards.
Who provides service to English Language Learners?
Highly qualified educators who are certified in elementary and/or secondary education and are TESOL endorsed.
Is it required for the ELD teacher to speak my child’s native language?
No, it is not required. However, there are bilingual and trilingual staff members who help service our ELL population and are also available to address the needs or concerns of parents.
Will the emphasis on English cause my child to forget his native language?
English Language Learners are taught to assimilate to their new language and American culture while being encouraged to value their native language and ethnicity.