What Does Your ELL Program Look Like?
by Marlene Bylenga, SCSBC International Education Coordinator ◊
Is your ELL Support Program meeting the needs of students whose first language is not English? Are students receiving the support they require so that they are able to function in a regular classroom? Are the services provided to English Language Learners similar in quality to the other support services provided in your school? These questions and many others should be a topic for discussion as schools begin planning for the upcoming year.
Providing additional services comes at a cost, and as budgets and tuitions are set for the upcoming school year, it is important that International Student tuition fees reflect the cost of providing ELL instruction. Parents, who send their children from overseas to study, believe that improving their child’s English skills will give their child better opportunities in the future. Decisions to send their children overseas are not taken lightly; both personal and financial sacrifices are made so that their children will have opportunities that they may not have in their home country.
If your school is enrolling students who are English Language Learners, it is imperative that the students receive the necessary support services so that they can be successful in their studies. A combination of integration and pullout ELL support enables the student to become a competent and capable student in the mainstream classroom.
Tuition fees for International Students should reflect the services you provide. These fees should not be viewed as profit-making but should be used to provide the necessary instructional services for English Language Learners.