ENL-English as a New Language

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The Lakeland Central School District’s high school English as a New Language program is housed at Walter Panas High School. Students are placed at levels determined by screening with the NYSITEL for new students or the annual NYSESLAT exam for continuing students. Each course level correlates to a minimum number of state-mandated instructional minutes.

Entering
A student at this English language proficiency level relies heavily on teacher supports and instructional scaffolds to advance his or her academic language skills. As measured by the NYSITELL or the NYSESLAT, a student at this level has yet to meet the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts within his or her grade level.
Emerging
A student at this English language proficiency level relies on teacher supports and instructional scaffolds to advance his or her academic language skills. As measured by the NYSITELL or the NYSESLAT, a student at this level has yet to meet the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts within his or her grade level.
Transitioning
A student at this English language proficiency level shows increasing independence in advancing his or her academic language skills. As measured by the NYSITELL or the NYSESLAT, a student at this level has yet to meet the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts within this grade level.
Expanding
A student at this English language proficiency level shows great independence in advancing his or her academic language skills. As measured by the NYSITELL or the NYSESLAT, a student at this level is approaching the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts within this grade level.
Commanding
As measured by the NYSESLAT, a student at this level has met the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts within his or her grade level. This student is designated as a Former ELL and is entitled to receive two years of former ELL services.