English Language (EL) & Gifted Services
EL Department Vision
English language acquisition and academic success encompassing high expectations and social development through rigorous coursework, ...... English Learners
The Arizona Department of Education approved four new structured English immersion (SEI) models to support the new language development approach (December 2019). The models main focus is ensuring all teachers share the responsibility to ensure success of the English language learners based on four principles; asset-based behaviors and expectations, integrated instruction in disciplinary language and content, targeted and explicit language instruction, and assessment, monitoring and feedback.
This approach is carried out through four approved SEI model options; pull-out model, two hour model, newcomer model, and 50-50 dual immersion model . At PUSD we are committed to utilizing the Pull Out Model K-12. We believe all individuals at every level within the educational system have an active role in ensuring the success and achievement of the over 150 multilingual learners who attend our schools. EL students receive on grade level standards based education focusing on the Arizona Standards as well as the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.
- Design the EL instructional program; delivery, method of instruction and curriculum to meet the needs of English learners’ and increase student achievement on AZELLA and other state and district assessments.
- Provide professional development to all teachers who directly interact with EL students in the district on the inclusion of language expectations; and provide targeted and integrated instruction in the mainstream classrooms.
- Include parents of English learners in decision making, as well as increasing their agency and advocacy in their childrens’ education.
In December of 2019, new ELP standards, with greater alignment to grade level English Language Arts standards were introduced. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, teachers will begin implementing the new ELP standards. The AZELLA will reflect the changes in standards in 2021-22. For more information please visit the OELAS page on ELP Standards.
What is the AZELLA?
The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) is a standards based assessment that measures students' English language proficiency based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs). The AZELLA is used for placement and reassessment purposes for students who are identified as second language learners. Students who are placed into an English language learner program will take the AZELLA reassessment once a year until they achieve English proficiency.
Who takes the placement test?
The placement test is administered within the first thirty days of the new school year or two weeks of enrollment to new students who have another language other than English noted on the school registration form or Primary Home Language Other Than English (PHLOTE) survey and have no prior AZELLA test history.
Who takes the reassessment?
Students who have been identified as an English language learner and students whose parents have refused services take the reassessment. Refusal students are tested on the AZELLA until English proficiency has been obtained.
Family nights are held at least twice annually. Family nights are designed to celebrate EL student work as well as engage families in their own learning about their students' education and their language needs. We encourage families to come celebrate their students as they share class work and new learning. Families also have the opportunity to engage in learning for themselves and network with other parents. Learning opportunities on how to bridge the home to school experience as well as how to support your students are also provided. We hope to see you all there.
Supporting Student Reading
History and Science Reading Resources (3-8)
Current Events (K-12)
Classic Literature (K-12)
Science News for Kids (K-12)
Teaching Kids News (Current Events) (2nd - 8th)
Sports Illustrated for Kids (K-12)
Learn English Teens
Fun Brain Grammar Gorillas
ReadWriteThink - Student Interactive (K-12)
Interactive Sites for Grammar, Writing, Rhyming practice (K-5)
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Listening & Speaking
PBS Listening and Speaking for Students
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Vocabulary Lists and Games, Daily Word of the Day - there's an app
Learn English Teens