English language learners (ELLs) learn the language in a way parallel to how infants learn to speak. Listening is the first step--tied to thinking about what they hear. When they are ready, they begin to speak and to watch the way their words influence the people around them. Later they learn to read the words they have been speaking and, once they know what these words look like, they begin to write.

In classes we will be using all of these modes of communicating in English. With the help of computers and other technology, we will be recording our conversations to capture quality thinking before it can be turned into quality writing.

We have additional support in the form of multidisciplinary projects and computer programs which focus on developing skill as we work with the programs. While every effort is made to accomodate our diverse needs in class, computers can provide a great support for all levels of learners. Students are encouraged to make the most of the computer support available in school, after school, and at public libraries. Students with computers at home are encouraged to use those as well.

Most of the time assignments are made and time provided in class to complete them. Work outside of class will usually be to improve the quality of the work to the standards of the class. All work is expected to be completed at a 90% quality-level--with opportunity to revise and improve as we continue to learn.