This article is a part of a four-part series highlighting the LRHS English Learner Language (ELL) program.

Angel Markoski – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – A lot of activities can be done to help English Language Learners (ELL/ESOL). These activities may include playing games and watching videos.

LRHS ELL teacher Dawn Haushalter uses a variety of activities in class.

Haushalter said “We do a lot of phonics activities to help with pronunciation and reading fluency and a lot of vocabulary activities to build English language vocabulary. There are four facts to English language learning, and they include reading, writing, listening, and speaking, so I try to incorporate these for things in each day’s activities.”

For the school to know the speaking level of ELL students, tests must be taken.

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“When they first arrive from another country, we have a speaking test called an IPT,” continued Haushalter.

“If they do not score fluently, they are automatically put into the program. If they score fluently, they are given the reading and writing portion of the IPT. If they do not get a certain score on those, they are also placed into the program,” she added.