Email: Cynthia Silva
Phone number: 817-547-4575
Tutorial times: Wednesday and Thursday afternoon upon request
Online Reading in Different Languages
The International Digital Children's Library
Brain POP ELL
ELL Best Practices
- Use pictures, drawings, body gestures, or act-out words
- Partner students with others who speak their native language
- Content and Language Objectives clearly stated
- Graphic organizers, manipulatives
- Slower speech, enunciation
- Opportunities to speak in English
- Extended time for assignments and tests
- Bilingual dictionary
- Speak slowly with mouth visible
- Google Translate (last resort)
- Lesson Preparation (Content and Language Objectives)
- Building Background
- Comprehensible Input
- Practice and Application
- Lesson Delivery
- Review and Assessment
English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs)
Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs)
- Advanced High
You may check out bilingual dictionaries from our Librarian, Sherry Lesinski.
ELL vs. Newcomer
Newcomers have been in US schools for less than one year.
English Language Learner (ELLs) have completed one or more school years in the US.
Newcomer Languages this Year
French, Spanish, and Arabic
ELLevation for Teachers(ELL testing and instructional accommodations, LPAC reports, TELPAS)
How to input your ELL accommodations
Students will be tested for English proficiency in the Spring semester. Teachers will collect writing samples in Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Writing samples will be rated and reported to administration.
Newcomers and ELLs may be eligible to take STAAR L online.
ESL Department Contacts
Ross Nelson - RMS LPAC Administrator
Cindy Silva – RMS Newcomers Teacher and LPAC Facilitator
Regina Walker - ESL Coach
Ramona Bribiesca – BISD LPAC Liaison
Mirian George - RMS ESL Educational Assistant
Marycruz Polit - BISD Coordinator of Bilingual and ESL
StarfallStarfall is perfect for English Language Learners. It develops phonemic awareness, reading skills, and math skills through fun learning activities.
Unite for Literacy
Online books of all levels and interests translated into many languages!
ABCYAGrade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills.
PBS KidsFun Learning Games
Learn a language for free!
If you are interested in learning English or any other language this is a great place to start!
Literacy CenterLiteracy Center Education Network has designed an integrated learning system that allows parents to teach home language skills before sending their children to school. Teachers can use the same method to teach English Language Learners (ELLs).Teaches English, Spanish, German, and French!
Learning ChocolateTeaches English vocabulary words in many different categories! The site can be translated from Spanish, Chines, Japanese, and German. Awesome for ELLs!
Reading PlanetThrough the site, kids of all ages can join the free RIF Reading Planet Club; design their own homepage; and find writing contests, reading games, activities and booklists.
Leading To ReadingRIF's fun and interactive site offers stories, games, music, and other engaging activities for adults to experience together with young children.
Math in EnglishMath in English has a large collection of math resources such as worksheets, workbooks, great number puzzles, online math games, math videos and much more!
ESL Games PlusThere are activities for teaching and practicing English grammar, vocabulary, sentences, listening and pronunciation skills. By playing our fun educational games, students learn English vocabulary, sentence structures, grammar, listening, pronunciation and phonics.
Game GooLearning games perfect for ELLs!
Scholastic Parents PlayLearning games for all ages!
Fun BrainArcade learning games
Story Line OnlineBooks read aloud by famous actors!
Story PlaceA children's digital library in English and Spanish