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Assabet Valley

Regional Technical/Vocational School District
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ELL, Reading

The main objective of these courses is to support students in achieving success at Assabet. They are designed to aid students in their development of English and to build upon their strengths and grow as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners by offering a welcoming and safe environment for language practice, academic work completion and sharing/discussing school culture.

Courses for Reading

Reading A is a course designed for the student who requires instruction in decoding, encoding, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Students will improve literal, inferential and critical thinking skills through a variety of genres. Writing pieces will be woven into the reading curriculum to strengthen the ability to write pieces that entertain, present factual information, and to examine a controversy. Approaches include direct instruction, group work and computer assisted learning.
   
Reading B and C are courses designed for the student who has acquired decoding and encoding skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and improve literal, inferential and critical skills through reading a variety of genres. Writing pieces will be woven into the reading curriculum to strengthen the ability to write pieces that entertain, present factual information, and to examine a controversy. Approaches include direct instruction, group work and computer assisted learning.
Highlights
    • Multisensory approach to reading
    • Computer-aided reading programs
    • Technology incorporated into the reading classroom

Courses For English Language Learners

EMERGING ENGLISH (Grades 9,10,11,12)
This course is designed for students who are English Learners and have been assessed at Level 1 or 2 on the ACCESS assessment. Placement will be determined by the results of formal student testing and teacher input. Emphasis will be on acquiring proficiency in reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills and oral language skills.  There are different levels within the course which target students’ levels of proficiency.  The curriculum is aligned with the strands of the ELA frameworks as well as the World-Class Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards incorporating the mandated requirements by the DESE Office of English Language Acquisition. The ELL student will be mainstreamed into English classes upon acquisition of necessary skills.
 
DEVELOPING ENGLISH (Grades 9,10,11,12)
This course is designed for students who are English Learners and have been assessed at Level 3, 4 or 5 on the ACCESS assessment. Placement will be determined by the results of formal student testing and teacher input. Emphasis will be on acquiring proficiency in reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills and oral language skills.  There are different levels within the course which target students’ levels of proficiency.  The curriculum is aligned with the strands of the ELA frameworks as well as the World-Class Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards incorporating the mandated requirements by the DESE Office of English Language Acquisition. The ELL student will be mainstreamed into English classes upon acquisition of necessary skills.
 
ACADEMIC LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND SUPPORT
(Open to students based on their English Language Proficiency Level)
The main objective of this course is to support ELL students in achieving success at Assabet.  It is designed to aid students in their development of English skills by offering a welcoming and safe environment for language practice, academic work completion and sharing/discussing school culture. There will be dissemination of school information and extracurricular activities and events. Instructor will facilitate academic work by supervising/working with small groups of students or with an individual student on assignments brought in from his/her content classes.
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
(Open to students based on their English Language Proficiency Level)
This course is offered during students’ technical week to allow for the continued development of English language acquisition. Students continue through the English Learner curriculum and World-Class Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards. Students are  supported and instruction is delivered through organized and individualized journal writing, reading and computer programs.
PAGE CONTACTS & RESOURCES

PAGE CONTACTS & RESOURCES

Reading
Ms. Heenan
 
ELL
Ms. Sussman-Ghatak, ELD Teacher/Family Liaison - Español 

Ms. Bitencourt, ELD Teacher and Bilingual Family Liaison - Português 
 
Ms. Goodman, ESL Teacher 
   

Resources

Students at desks reading from books
Students working together at desks side by side
Students at desks working