Basic Information about Working with English Language Learners

What Every Teacher Ought to Know about Working with
English Language Learners
1. How can I find out what languages my students speak at home and basic information
about their prior schooling?
2. What types of ELD support programs are available in Washington?
3. In a nutshell, what legally-mandated responsibilities does a school have towards
ELLs and their parents?
4. Where can I find specific language learning curriculum ideas to help support ELLs’
English language development?
5. What is the purpose of the WELPA? What useful information can test scores provide
a teacher?
6. How can you find out what the different proficiency levels mean?
7. What should I do if I suspect an ELL might have special education needs?
8. What accommodations are available to ELLs on state tests?