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In Arizona, the law requires that all students who have been designated as English Language Learners per the AZELLA (Arizona English Language Learner Assessment) will receive a minimum of 120 minutes per day of English language development (ELD) for grades K-5 and a minimum of 100 minutes per day of ELD for grades 6-12.

All English language learners will participate in one of two programs: Structured English Immersion (SEI) or Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP), depending on the model criteria set forth by the Arizona Department of Education. The ILLP is the written plan in the mainstream classroom that specifies what happens, instructionally, for the particular English learner (EL). Teachers strategically identify the Performance Indicators that will be used for the differentiated instruction of English learners in the mainstream classroom. The ILLP team at your school will work together to create a schedule and goals tailored to a student's English language learning needs. The instruction is focused on students becoming proficient in English. Therefore, the implementation of the ILLP is language driven with academic content as the vehicle, where appropriate.

Most schools meet the ILLP model criteria, which is a delivery option for schools with low numbers of EL students. The ILLP model allows EL students to receive some or all services within the mainstream classroom. A portion of the service minutes may also be delivered by an English Language Development (ELD) teacher.

If elementary students leave the mainstream classroom with an ELD teacher, they may be grouped with other English language learners. At the middle and high schools, a student may take an English Language Development class in lieu of an elective. The students may also receive support through educational assistants in the classroom.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Matyjasik, 209-8081.

Important resources for English Language Learners are listed below:

English Language Learner Definitions (PDF)
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Important links related to English Language Learners are listed below:


AZELLA Parent Brochure

Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS)

Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models


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