Long Term English Learners (LTEL) are students who need focused English language instruction even though they have attended U.S. schools for the majority of their elementary and secondary education. LTEL students have a basic level of oral proficiency needed for informal and social communication. Gaps in learning and language development increase from being placed in regular college prep/mainstream classes without academic English support. In these classes, teachers assume all students have academic English proficiency. And since LTEL do not need intervention courses designed for native English-speaking struggling readers, nor do they need beginner language development classes, LTEL students go through their schooling without the unique support they need.

According to Laurie Olsen--the author or “Secondary School Courses Designed to Address the Language Needs and Academic Gaps of Long Term English Learners”--LTEL students “do not have the English skills needed for academic success and have accumulated major academic gaps in their elementary and/or middle school years.” Based on her research, Olsen concludes that schools that offer an additional course designed specifically to address LTEL students’ academic gaps have the greatest success. A LTEL course should focus on…

  • Oral, academic language
  • Expository reading and writing
  • Rigorous reading and writing tasks
  • Consistent routines
  • Engaging lessons
  • Goal setting
  • Community and relationships
  • Study Skills

The ZAP LTEL elective class delivers what Olsen recommends. Our ZAP LTEL class is an additional class in the school day designed to fit the needs of your Long Term English Language learners. Our curriculum is relevant to LTEL's unique academic needs and supports their English language development in a very systematic way. In the ZAP LTEL class, teachers explicitly teach reading, speaking, and writing skills, engage students in higher level thinking, and give them access to challenging curriculum.


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The purpose of the ZAP class is to accelerate students' reading, speaking, and writing skills, improve their study habits, strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills, and build confident students with outstanding character.

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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