English Language Learner Levels 

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Level 1 or Beginning ELL Literacy is designed for a beginning learner who has little or no ability to understand, speak, read, or write English and is unable to function independently using the language.  In listening, the learner can comprehend only short utterances, simple courtesy expressions, and main themes.  This reader recognizes a minimal sight-word vocabulary.  In writing, this learner is able to copy, list, and label concrete terms or fill in simple autobiographical information.

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Level 2 or Low Beginning ELL focuses on basic reading and vocabulary development techniques used to enrich the students’ working level of English.  The students will practice basic conversation, pronunciation and listening skills needed for language acquisition and career enhancement.

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Level 3 or High Beginning ELL the students will expand workplace and community vocabulary using idioms and expressions as well as begin to understand basic interviewing skills.  The student initiates conversations with others as well as listening for clarification.  The student demonstrates the use of language patterns and rules of grammar for the competencies of this level.  The students will work to identify main ideas, supporting details, analyze compound words, read experiential stories, and infer meaning.  The student will also learn to compose short paragraphs.

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Level 4 or Low Intermediate ELL students develop their vocabulary by studying definitions and pronunciation of words, parts of speech, and how to use specified vocabulary correctly in sentence writing. Students also develop fluency in reading a variety of texts and writing styles.

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Level 5 or High Intermediate ELL will learn heightened comprehension of technical writings, literature, newspapers, magazines, instructional manual, and workplace print, as well as utilize skills of inference and contextual analysis to learn new vocabulary.  At this level, students will be able to accurately reiterate stories, situations, and conversations, and correctly apply grammatical rules according to level 5 competencies.  Instructors focus on formal and informal conversational language using a variety of structural patterns.  Students participate in group  activities, and learn how to compose essays, reports, resumes, and business letters.

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Level 6 or Advanced ELL consists of learning about more complex day-to-day interactions.  For example, students will learn common phrases and idioms in both informal and formal speech, and have the ability to give speeches and presentations to fellow peers.  Students will acquire the ability to read critically, literally, and inferentially to maximize the reading experience.  Instructors teach students more advanced methods of composition and research.  Students also learn how to make decisions according to societal norms and customs.  They have the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process by analyzing past tests and evaluating study habits, and also apply various learning skills and strategies to their studies.