The ENL Department at Cesar E. Chavez School employs a combination of RTI, CALL and SIOP methodologies guided by the New York State Blueprint for English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Success and the Bilingual Common Core Progressions to synthesize language acquisition instruction. We also incorporate initiatives issued by Yonkers Public Schools and our district office's Language Acquisition Department.
Response to Intervention (RTI) Instruction is a district-wide initiative that consists of multi-tier pedagogy and support for students of varying academic and behavioral needs and abilities. This method utilizes ongoing formative assessment and tiered (leveled) instruction, along with consistent communication between parents and teachers, to provide well-designed interventions that lead to the achievement of target outcomes.
Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) employs many of the tools used in mainstream classes for exam preparation and exercises in the core subjects. This includes Skills Navigator, Readworks, Khan Academy and other online applications that support language learning and literacy development, which are assigned both in class and as extended learning.
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) provides a framework for ENL instructional planning that focuses on eight researched-based components that support language acquisition during content lessons. These components include building background knowledge, preparing comprehensible input, and targeting language objectives and vocabulary development.