English Language Learner Program

  • Students learning together at school

  • The purpose of the English Language Learner (ELL) Program is to ensure that all ELL students in our district become proficient in the English language.

  • Below are some commonly asked questions that may assist you in understanding your child's role in the English Language Learner Program:


    How did my student qualify tor this program? 

    When a student is enrolled in school, parents must complete a Home Language Survey and the Student Enrollment Form that indicates a student’s primary language.  If a student’s primary language is NOT English, then he/she is assessed to determine his/her proficiency level in English using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA).  If the results indicate the student is NOT proficient in English, then the student qualifies for placement for English Language Development (ELD). 


    What is English Language Development (ELD)? 

    The content of ELD emphasizes the English language itself.  ELD instruction includes pronunciation (phonology), word building blocks (morphology), word order (syntax), and vocabulary (lexicon and semantics).  These elements are foundational for proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 


    ELD Instruction 

    Arizona has passed a law for students who are not proficient in English, also known as English Language Learners (ELL).  Our district delivers the instruction through an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP).  The class structure consists of: 

    • English as the language of instruction
    • Four (4) hours of English Language Development daily in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Grammar
    • Materials in English
    • Instruction taught by highly qualified teachers

    The expectation is that a focused, directed instructional approach based on time-on-task research and explicit English acquisition instruction will produce dramatically improved results for our English Language Learners.  


    What happens when my student becomes proficient? 

    When a student scores “Proficient” on the AZELLA, he/she has attained the English language proficiency level necessary to be exited from English Language Development. 


    You will receive a parent letter from the school advising you that your student has learned enough English to exit the ELL program. 


    The student will continue to receive customized instruction in a mainstream classroom by a teacher trained in Structured English Immersion (SEI). 


    The student will be monitored for two (2) years following his/her exit from the ELL program to ensure continued academic success. 


    The student will be eligible to receive extra help if needed.  Please contact your student’s school if extra help is needed.


    For additional information, please contact MUSD’s ELL Program Facilitator.

    Frances Gastelum
    ELL Program Facilitator
    (520) 682-1065