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Welcome to the English Language Learner Department!
2012-13 RHS Graduation

The goal of the English Learner department is to build the academic language and content knowledge of our students so that they are able to successfully navigate secondary content classes and develop their skills so they are prepared for continuing their education or entering into a career after they graduate. 

ELLs at Roosevelt are served by licensed ESL teachers in Academic Language Development classes as well as collaboration and co-teaching between content teachers and ESL teachers.  In ALD classes students build their academic language skills to bridge the language and content gaps in their grade level content classes.  


We are proud to offer a welcoming academic community for new-to-country English Learners. We offer ESL classes for level 1-3 English learners, as well as sheltered content classes taught by skilled and dedicated instructors. Students who are new to Roosevelt, new to Minneapolis, and new to the USA will be welcomed with open arms here at Roosevelt. Our ESL classes help students build English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, while sheltered content classes help students meet grade-level content learning standards with modified instructional materials and assessments.


The goals of ESL classes are that all students develop grade level academic language proficiency and acquire high school academic skills.  Courses are aligned with grade level content courses as well as filling in academic gaps that students may have.  There is a focus on high school academic skills as well; skills which will support students throughout high school and futher on to post secondary education opportunities.  


ESL teachers support EL students in content courses, focusing on science and social studies.  Our goals are informed by two sets of principles:

  1. English language development
  2. Meaningful access to grade-level learning

 ESL and content teachers collaborate to develop lessons that support and spur language development, build background knowledge and  increase opportunities for academic langauge production.

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