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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


Emily Doolittle
GWAEA Speech-Language Pathologist/ELL Consultant


Lisa Haverkamp
Regional Administrator


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


Transact Translated School Forms

Transact is free for all area school districts and includes parental notification and other documents in native languages.


Office of Civil Rights

- Dear Colleagues letter


English Language Proficiency Assessment

- ELPA21


English Language Proficiency Assessment training available December 2016

- AEA PD Online


Teacher and Student Materials




Early Childhood


Parent ELL links



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

Search the GWAEA Staff Distribution Center for resources.


Recommendations for Materials


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



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