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English Language Learners

ELL (English Language Learners) Resource Team

According to Iowa Code section 280.4, a limited English proficient student is defined as follows: "a student's language background is in a language other than English, and the student's proficiency in English is such that the probability of the student's academic success in an English-only classroom is below that of an academically successful peer with an English language background." The term English Language Learners (ELL) will replace the term Limited English Proficient (LEP).


Lynn Tiemann
GWAEA Speech-Language Pathologist/ELL Consultant


Lisa Haverkamp
Regional Administrator


Department of Education - ELL


Translated School Forms

Select registration, compliance and NCLB forms for parent communication available in 23 languages. Available to school district employees in Iowa at no charge.


I-ELDA Assessment


Student Materials

RHL School - features free original grammar worksheets for teachers and parent-teachers to copy for their kids. Use them for teaching, reinforcement, and review.


Special Education Technology British Columbia - pictures communication boards and social stories. 


Read Write Think - educators and students access to resources in reading and language arts instruction. - ESL site for studying English and learning English online, including ESL Forums, ESL Chat, online TOEIC tests, ESL Materials and much more.


Purdue Online Writing Lab - Different materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises. You can also get printer-friendly and Adobe PDF versions of these handouts and exercises in our printer-friendly handouts section. You can also get a printer friendly web page or PDF version of each handout or exercise by clicking the links on each page. Over 60 other handouts and exercises concerning grammar are also available in our grammar handouts section.

Activities for ESL Students
- Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL). This project of The Internet TESL Journal ( has thousands of contributions by many teachers. Looking for free materials for studying English? Need something interesting for your next class? Want to talk to someone in English?


Parent ELL links

Iowa's Statewide parent Information - Internet Resources

Iowa's Statewide Parent Information - Cultural Competence

Colorin Colorado

References and Resources on International Adoption

Los Niños en Su Casa - in Spanish

Reading Rockets - website with Spanish and English available with information for parents to support their children

Sites for Parents - links for many sites

Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration - resource lists for families

Washington Learning Systems - free parent education handouts


Teacher Links


Pre-K Pages  - includes resources and picture supports for early ESL

IES What Works Clearinghouse - What works clearinghouse for ELL


Migrant Education

The Help!Kit: A Resource Guide for Secondary Teachers of Migrant English Language Learners - This guide is a compendium of the latest research about best practices in teaching English language learners in content area courses. It is the middle and high school level sequel to Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit for Primary Teachers.

AEA Resources

If your English Language Learner has no English language proficiency, AEA resources to consider include:

• Native language resources
• ClipArt (online, funded through AEA’s) available to support making your own visuals.


If your English Language Learner has developed oral English language proficiency skills, but is a non-reader, AEA resources to consider include:

• Videos (a rich resource for any discipline. A student not ready to read about the Civil War might learn much about the Civil War via a heavily visual format).
• Read-Alongs
• Books on tapes


If your English Language Learner is a limited English language reader, AEA resources to consider include:

• Read-Alongs
• Closed Caption Videos
• High Interest/Low Vocabulary books (e.g.High interest fiction set 01 #178248, High interest fiction set 02  #178362)
•  Books on tapes


Materials available for checkout from Grant Wood AEA’s ELL collection. Contact Lynn Tiemann at 319-399-6811.

TELPA screening version of the ELDA

IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT) for ELL placement decisions- preschool through 12th IPT Spanish oral version for oral language K-6
Learner English- provides information about impacts of native languages on learning English
• “Our Kids: English Language Learners in Your Classroom”- DVD training to provide information about serving English Language Learners in your schools
Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach
Classroom Strategies for the English Language Learner- a guide for accelerating language and literacy development
Scaffolding Reading Experiences for English-Language Learners- information for grades 1 through 9
Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students- An Educational, Cultural and Linguistic Guide

• Spanish and English Language Leveled Books available for check out from

National Geographic Language, Literacy and Vocabulary adapted materials for science and social studies units



The Stuttering Foundation - multilingual information on stuttering for families and professionals.


ELL Webinars - Archived

ELL Professional Development Opportunities


Courses and Workshops

Kirkwood Paraeducator- Level II ELL Endorsement Fall, 2015


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development


State level

National level

Paraeducators Level 2 ELL Certificate

Iowa Department of Education - English Language Learners


Assessment Resources




District Resources
District Resources.doc
Student Materials.doc

Links to ResourcesPreschool Links

ELL parent links.doc
Preschool links.doc
Professional Links.doc

Professional Development

Cultural websites.doc
Teacher Links.doc

Student Activities

Student activities.doc


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