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Carter Lake Language Policy
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Carter Lake Elementary

 Language Policy

School language philosophy 

At Carter Lake Elementary, we believe that language is the foundation for all learning and understanding. Language is an integral part of social interaction, self expression and effective communication that allows for a deeper connection between staff and students. We believe that every adult within our school community is a teacher of language and that families have an opportunity to support and help build language development, through rich experiences at home.  Language is best developed in an environment which includes modeling, sharing and demonstrating language tasks commonly expected in real world settings. The primary language of instruction at Carter Lake is English. However, all students have the opportunity to become knowledgeable about an additional language. We believe that the acquisition of more than one language enriches personal development and helps promote international mindedness, and thus the attributes of the Learner Profile.  

School Language Profile

Diversity of language needs

Carter Lake Elementary has a population of approximately 360 students.  7% have a Mother Tongue other than English.  Languages spoken by students at school include English, Spanish, Karen and Nuer.

Non-verbal students communicate, using a variety of communication devices and technology.

Languages used for teaching in and out of school

All students at Carter Lake Elementary are instructed in American English using the Common Core State Standards. If needed, students may communicate using American Sign Language and AAC devices.

Home Language

Carter Lake Elementary supports native languages through promoting, highlighting and sharing home languages in authentic and organic opportunities during instruction. Making connections between languages and attributes of the learner profile are valued in our learning environments. Students are encouraged to enrich content and classroom conversation to enhance multiculturalism in our practices. Carter Lake Elementary recognizes the importance of connection and belonging in personal and cultural identities.

All school to home communication is available in English and in Spanish.

School has access via telephone to translators in all languages mentioned above.  The Council Bluffs Community School district has a Spanish translator available to meet with families, in person, via email and by phone.

The library includes materials in both English and Spanish. Students have access to various resources both physical and digital promoted through our media center and in the classroom. Parents and community members are included and invited to participate in student learning through parent nights, assemblies, guest speakers, units of inquiry, and Exhibition.  

Current practice related to language teaching: 

The Common Core State Standards will be used to support students in their acquisition of language, reading and writing. Teachers and students co-construct anchor charts to support learning.  Students also learn patterns and rules of language usage in school. Students will be inquirers and use a variety of physical and virtual resources to facilitate language development.

Students receive instruction in Spanish using the same instructional skills and processes as taught in the classroom.

English  Learners

Language Policy Review

The Carter Lake Leadership team will reflect on and update the language policy on an annual basis.

Updated January, 2022