• English Language Acquisition Program - ELA What is the English Language Acquisition (ELA) program?

    The AACPS English Language Acquisition program is an instructional program developed according to research-based practices in language acquisition. English language development is taught through direct instruction to all students who qualify for the services.

    The goal of the ELA program is to help students develop listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in the English language, across all academic areas.

    Which students are eligible for the ELA program?

    Eligibility for the ELA program is determined by an English language proficiency assessment. All students who present a Home Language Survey indicating that their home language is one other than English are given the W-APT screening assessment. Any student demonstrating limited English language proficiency on the W-APT assessment (as defined by the Maryland State Department of Education) is eligible for instructional services.

    How does the ELA program work?

    The elementary ELA program uses the Integrated Language Development and Language of Mathematics curricula as an instructional guide, focusing on content language and helping students express their thinking and what they know. Depending on individual school needs, ELA teachers will either meet with students outside the classroom in small groups (pull out) or with students in the regular classroom setting (push in). ELA teachers are assigned to all AACPS elementary schools.

    The middle and high school programs use an integrated language development curriculum including the Language of Language Arts, Language of Science, Language of Mathematics, Social and Instructional Language, and the Language of Social Studies. Students may take specific ELA courses, and/or receive instruction with an ELA teacher within the regular classroom setting. Specific ELA Courses offered include ESOL 1– 5, ESOL Social Studies I and 2, Read 180, and Transitional Math.