Here you will find useful program information
and links for helpful resources.
English language learners (ELLs) are students who cannot
communicate fluently or learn effectively in English. They need specialized
instruction and support to develop the English skills required to successfully
work at grade level expectations. ELLs often come from non-English speaking
homes and backgrounds.
Please note these students may be referred to as English
Language Learners (ELLs), English Learners (ELs) or Limited English Proficient
(LEP). All three titles mean the same.
Ohio Department of Education Guidelines for Identification and Assessment of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students – English Learners
The Ohio Department of Education defines a student who is
an English learner as one who has a primary or home language other than English
and needs special language assistance to effectively participate in school.
Ohio’s public school districts are required to identify and serve ELLs. The process begins with a home language survey which is included in all new student’s registration paperwork. Students with a second language in their homes are then screened by a certified ELL teacher. This assessment identifies a student’s level of English proficiency to determine if the student qualifies for service as an English learner.
Canal Winchester Local Schools English Language Learners (ELL)
The Canal Winchester Local School District’s ELL program has multiple elements to help ensure the success of our English Language Learners and provide meaningful access to district educational programs. Our ELL program focuses on the four foundational skills of language learning:
An identified ELL student will receive services based on
their initial assessment given by a certified ELL teacher and later skill
development. These services may include:
from classes to receive direct English instruction
push-in to classes for language support
immersion with check-ins from the ELL teacher
Certified ELL teachers also work with classroom teachers to
create learning environments based on the Principles of Second Language
Development. Classrooms that support the acquisition of English skills.
friendships among ELL students and their peers/teachers
cooperative learning activities
for peer study partners
language skills and cultural knowledge of LEP students as resources in the
learning setting in which students feel at ease
plenty of opportunities for students to read literature that is age appropriate
student is evaluated by a team of academic professionals and services will be
customized to best meet the needs of the student which could include a
combination of supports.
Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
Ohio’s Department of Education requires the annual Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). The OELPA is given to all K-12 ELLs each spring.
The OELPA monitors an ELL’s progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Performance levels for these four language skills, with potential district interventions, are:Level 1 = Beginning Level 2 = Early IntermediateLevel
3 = Intermediate Level
4 = Early Advanced Level 5 = Advanced (Exit
program, if scored in all four skill areas)
OELPA scores from the four foundational skills are combined into an overall
proficiency rating. These levels are:
A combination of 4’s and 5’s in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
See the below for important links and parent resources!
Ohio Department of Education English Language Learners
English Language Learner Program Contacts:
Ms. Natalie Friend – [email protected] : Kindergarten – Indian Trail Elementary (614) 833-2154
Mrs. Jody Clemens – [email protected] : Grades 1-2 – Indian Trail Elementary (614) 833-2154
Ms. Shauntiel Qualls – [email protected] : Grades 3-5 – Winchester Trail Elementary (614) 833-2150
Ms. Natalie Friend – [email protected] : Grades 6-8 – CW Middle School (614) 833-2151
Mrs. Megan DeHays – [email protected] : Grades 9-12 – CW High School (614) 833-2157
Mrs. Cyndi Toledo – [email protected] : Director of Curriculum & Instruction/ELL Coordinator
Mr. William Whitlatch – [email protected] : Director of Data & Assessment
Education Center – (614) 833-2172