St. Cloud Area Schools offers the following models of service for our Multilingual Learner students:
Content-based ESL: English Langauge instruction is taught by EL licensed teachers in preparation for grade-level content instruction in English. The emphasis is on teaching academic language through content.
Sheltered English Instruction: ELs are taught academic content in English by content licensed teachers. The MN state content standards are integrated with language in order to differentiate learning to the English proficiency level of the students.
Designated English language development (ELD): Licensed EL teachers meet separately with MLs depending on the students English proficiency level to focus on the MN State English Language Development Standards.
Co-Teaching: Our general education, content , special education and English Language teachers co-plan, co-instruct, and co-assess to differentiate instruction for all students in a class. Teachers work together to accommodate language proficiency levels, cultural diversity and educational backgrounds of all students in their class.
In-Class Support instruction: The licensed EL teacher supports MLs during content-area lessons and plans the instruction for ML small groups in this model.
Elementary Delivery Model
The English Learner (EL) Program in St. Cloud Area Schools provides our Multilingual Learners in Grades K-5 with an intensive focus on academic English Language Development (ELD) to support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Instruction happens primarily in the general education classroom with licensed classroom and English Learner teachers working in co-teaching integrated models. We also provide specific programming for Multilingual Learners with limited or interrupted education with daily intervention support in developmental numeracy, literacy and language instruction in addition to the EL service minutes specified in our delivery model for K-5 MLs.
Secondary Delivery Model
The English Learner (EL) Program in St. Cloud Area Schools provides our Multilingual Learners in Grades 6-12 with an intensive focus on academic English Language Development (ELD) to support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Delivery models include service minutes in content based EL, dual language, Sheltered Instruction, Designated and Integrated models depending on ML student’s individual English Language Proficiency Model. District 742 provides comprehensive English foundation courses for Recently Arrived English Learners (RAELs) for 3-5 hours per day in our designated and content based English Academy Courses.