ELL Resources for Staff

WIDA “CAN DO” Descriptors by Grade Level:


You are probably aware of the English Proficiency level of the English Language Learners in your classes, but how does this translate to classroom expectations?  By using these “Can Do” descriptors provided by WIDA, you can get a better picture of how your students can actually be expected to perform in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  These descriptors are immensely helpful when writing and modifying lesson plans and activities.  They are useful for both classroom and exploratory teachers!

Grades 1-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

Classroom Teacher Professional Development:

Mainstream Teachers of ELL Handbook

Translation Requests:

For classroom-related requests (newsletters, classroom events, etc.) contact Home-School Liaison, Briana Boodry at bboodry@waunakee.k12.wi.us.

Tips for Helping ELLs Succeed in Your Classroom:

Tips for Working With Language Interpreters
Cognates - Words That Sound Similar in Spanish/English
Content Area Challenges for ELLs
Language Acquisition Chart - Includes Tips for Teaching to Each Proficiency Level
Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
Speaking & Writing Rubrics for Classroom Assessment of ELLs
Tools for Monitoring ELL Language Skills in the Classroom
Understanding the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards - Resource Guide

Follow the links below to see all of the pages on ELL:


          English Language Learner (ELL) Services

               About the ELL Program

               ELL Resources for Staff

               ELL Resources for Parents

               Translation Resources

Last Updated: 11/7/16
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