- Multilingual Learners (MLs) are students whose primary home language is a language other than English – the student or adults speak or understand another language at home.
- This can also include students who code switch at home going back and forth between multiple languages including English.
- English Learner (EL) and English Language Learner (ELL) are also commonly used terms. We recognize that students may be bilingual or multilingual already, and are working on mastering their language skills in English.
Anytime a student is registered in Granite School District, the registration card or form includes the Home Language Survey. If a language other than English is identified on the Home Language Survey, the student will take an initial language test called the WIDA Screener. The WIDA Screener helps us know the student’s language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
There are 6 levels: 1 (entering), 2 (beginning), 3 (developing), 4 (expanding), 5 (bridging), and 6 (native-like proficiency). We inform the student’s teacher of his or her English level. This information helps the teacher identify the best ways to support the student.