Bexley City School District’s program for English Language Learners (ELLs) is guided by the idea that a new language is learned best when learned within the context of real life experiences. Bexley students in the program set classroom goals and pick projects to learn words and their meanings by completing activities that connect them with the American culture while honoring their own culture and language.
Higher Numbers of Students
Like many school districts across the United States, Bexley has seen increases in the number of entering students who need additional support in learning the English language. Many of these students are immigrants and all qualifying school districts receive some support from the U.S. Department of Education to fund programs to assist students in learning English.
The district employs a full-time ELL teacher who works to support students learning English as a New Language (ENL). Languages spoken by Bexley's ELL students and their families include: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French German, Hebrew, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Kazak, Omoo Afraan, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Faculty member Tiffany Meyer
is highly qualified and thoroughly trained in the field of language acquisition; she spends quality time with her students both in and out of school
ELL students participate in experiential and field learning opportunities, such as hatching heirloom chicken eggs, growing vegetables, visiting COSI exhibits, and taking part in a trip to Slate Run Farm. They are supported with technology: Rosetta Stone, Brain Pop, Brain Pop ESL, Study Island, Reading A to Z (RAZ) Kids, Reading Assistant and interactive grammar sites provide stimulating tech environments to the students to support their English language learning.