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English Learner Programs

English Learner Programs

The English Learner (EL) Program in Minneapolis Public Schools consists of a comprehensive language development program for English Learners that incorporates an ongoing and intensive focus on academic English language development to support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. 

Programs that promote accelerated academic achievement for English Learners focus on:
  • Developing cognitive academic language proficiency as well as basic interpersonal communication skills
  • Building literacy skills in students' native language that will readily transfer to building literacy in English
  • Teaching specific English language development
  • Using instruction in students' first language to teach grade-level content (bilingual instruction)
  • Training teachers in the development of specific instructional strategies for dual language immersion or sheltered instruction programs