Excell (Excellence for English Language Learners) is a language development program for high-school aged students. The idea is to provide a “soft landing” orientation course for students to show what they know (allowing for more accurate initial class placement) and for ELL teachers to help prepare students to enter the U.S. educational system, which may be vastly different from their own.
Excell will give students a safe place to become acclimated. If there has been interrupted formal education, teachers will be better equipped to provide foundational instruction to support success. Teachers will work on survival skills, interspersed with skills and language needed in U.S. classrooms.
An essential part of the curriculum will be field trips to introduce students to their own neighborhoods. Content will emphasize involvement in the community and in school.
This blog will document our journey through the year.