Levels/Niveles

General descriptions of the ELL levels 


bl Beginner/Advance Beginner- Level 1 Proficiency 
Beginners range from having no English to demonstrating a minimal understanding and use of English. Their comprehension is limited to simple language containing mostly high-frequency vocabulary and simple grammatical patterns. These learners derive a great deal of meaning from the context and nonverbal cues that accompany any English input, and benefit from repetition, rephrasing and a slower rate of speech. They can express basic personal needs. They tend to communicate about very familiar topics based on personal experience. Errors are frequent, expected and characteristic of language production at this stage. With appropriate instructional strategies and scaffolding of materials, beginning ELLs can learn age-appropriate academic content in English through instruction using sheltered English techniques and/or bilingual education. 


el Intermediate- Level 2 Proficiency 
Intermediate-level learners can comprehend short conversations and simple written narratives in familiar contexts. A limited vocabulary range necessitates frequent repetition and rephrasing for their understanding. They frequently use contextual and visual cues to derive meaning and also rely on guessing. Their production is characterized by simple vocabulary, verb tenses and syntax. Many errors occur, some of which interfere with meaning. With appropriate instructional strategies and scaffolding of materials, intermediate ELLs can learn age-appropriate academic content in English through instruction using sheltered English techniques. 



dl Advanced - Level 3 Proficiency
Advanced-level learners can understand much of the speech delivered in authentic settings with some repetition or rephrasing. Understanding grammatically complex structures proves problematic but, with support, these learners are able to master some grade-level academic content. Their productive vocabulary, with some circumlocutions, is adequate to accomplish many tasks. They can produce many of the basic and most frequently used grammatical structures, but their errors may become more abundant as they venture into less familiar topics and as they test hypotheses or take risks with more complex language structures. With appropriate instructional strategies and scaffolding of materials, advanced ELLs can learn age-appropriate academic content in English through instruction using sheltered English techniques. 


3rd Transitional/Monitor - Level 4 - Exited from Program 
Transitional learners still benefit from ELL support, but they understand most standard speech and writing in a variety of settings. These learners are approaching fluency in speaking and writing in a variety of settings. These learners are approaching fluency in speaking and writing in the content areas. They demonstrate an increasing ability to successfully use language to convey their intended message. They do not produce error free.  Instructional strategies and scaffolding of materials is vital for continual language growth and fluency. Transitional ELLs can learn age-appropriate academic content in English. However, they may not fully function at grade level for several more years.

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