Queen Kaahumanu School's English Language Learners (ELL) Program continually seeks ways to provide learning opportunities for ELL students and their parents, and cultural awareness opportunities for teachers working with these students. This has been (and currently is) done through the inclusion of research-based instructional philosophies and methods, a variety of parent involvement activities, innovative grant ideas, school-based projects, and coordination of school-wide and complex-wide events.
Extended School Day - Two extended school day programs (before and after school tutoring) for grades 3, 4, and 5 ELL students focusing on language skills are held if funds are available.
Extended School Year - A two week summer program for ELL students is held if funds are available.
Parent Involvement continues to rise as parents are extended invitations to participate in activities such as informational meetings, hands-on workshops, projects, and appreciation hours. Parents become more knowledgeable and empowered as they work together with the school to help their children become successful learners.
ELL SWAP Meet (The ELL Program holds an annual SWAP Meet in the month of November. The purpose of this mini fund raiser is to raise funds to support program activities. Donated items from the school faculty and staff are sold at bargain prices.)
ELL Teachers' Survival Kit (The ELL Teachers' Survival Kit is a project which was started a few years ago. It is based on a suggestion made by a parent. The purpose of the survival kit is to provide teachers with a basic survival communication tool to use with ELL students who may be at the beginning stages of English language proficiency. Components of the survival kit are a binder with language/cultural information and lists of school and classroom phrases (both in the students' first language and English) and recordings of the phrases on cassette tapes. Parents met for several months and participated in this project. Each homeroom teacher was provided with a survival kit. The survival kit enables the comprehension of basic phrases as the teachers use the binder and cassettes to aid in the initial communication they have with the students. Languages included in the survival kit are Korean, Japanese, Marshallese, Chuukese, Chinese, and Vietnamese, with others to be added at a later date.)
ELL Lesson Plan Manual (The ELL Lesson Plan Manual is a collaborative project which provides ELL teachers an opportunity to share ideas on how to help ELL students. For the past three years, approximately 100 letters were sent to all elementary school ELL teachers in the four Oahu school districts at the beginning of each school year. Teachers were asked to share lessons and strategies that they have found successful when working with ELL students. After these were received, they were complied into a manual. Each teacher who participated received a copy to share with his/her school.)
Culture Day - Every year, the ELL Program coordinates its annual school-wide event, the ELL Culture Day, which brings together students, parents, school and district staff, and community members. The purpose of Culture Day is to provide opportunities for ELL students and their parents to showcase their languages and cultures and to bring awareness of the diverse cultures represented at our school. This is done through cultural activities which are held for the entire school over a two day period.
Community Day - In April, the ELL Program coordinated its annual school-wide event, the ELL Community Day, which provides teachers, students and their parents the opportunity to meet representatives from community organizations and learn about their functions. Approximately 35 community organizations from the fields of safety, health, retail, recreation, transportation, small business, finance, and government also have the opportunity to meet and interact with the students, parents, and teachers on this day.
McKinley Complex Schools ELL Speech Festival (see grants section)
(Though the Oral Communication standards are being emphasized, the other Language Arts standards will also be addressed since language skills are always integrated.)
The ELL Outreach Literacy Centers will be mobile work stations which can move from classroom to classroom. There will be one literacy center per grade level. Each literacy center will include, but not limited to, tape recorders, headphones, books, cassette tapes, charts, flash cards, and manipulatives. These items will be transported in pull-carts from classroom to classroom. The literacy centers will be set up in a designated area of the classroom which is conducive to independent learning. Different language learning activities will be set up for the students to practice and apply their communication skills in the literacy centers. Through practice and application, the students' needs to acquire basic English language vocabulary and skills will be addressed when they are in their regular program class, which in turn will assist the student as he/she strives to meet the standards listed above.
On the day of the festival, judges will be on hand to rate the performance based on specific criteria important in public speaking/speechmaking.
Awards will be given for exemplary performance, with all participants receiving certificates of participation. Participating schools will be given a school award for engaging their students in the process which provided their students with an opportunity to practice and demonstrate their public speaking/speech skills, and which will enable the schools to continue to provide opportunities for oral communication activities at their respective schools.