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English Language Learners (ELL)

Canton City Schools has over 500 English language learners (ELL). English language learners are students who speak a language other than English or who have a second language spoken at home.

Our English Language Teachers (ELTs) are trained in this specialized area and are licensed and certified to offer modified and specialized language supports in and out of the traditional classroom setting. Our ELTs focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If you have questions about the services provided to students at Canton City Schools, please contact Jolinda Seiple (for grades K-6) at or Gary Kandel (for grades 7-12) at

For more information on ELL and EL programming, please visit: ODEW’s English Learners in Ohio

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  • Within 30 days of enrollment, our licensed English Language Teachers use the Language Usage Survey to determine if a student may be eligible for EL support. Our ELTs will then move forward with administering the OELPS, which is an ODEW-approved online screener. The screener will determine a student’s English proficiency level in the 4 domains of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. This screener will help our ELTs create the appropriate lessons and support for our English Language Learners throughout the academic year.

  • CCSD’s ELLs receive daily or weekly support from their ELT. The ELTs monitor the progress of their ELL students and collaborate with the student’s classroom teachers and other professionals that support the ELL student. The lessons and other supports created for the ELL students are planned around the current linguistic needs while taking into account the child’s cultural and social-emotional needs.

  • Our ELTs aim to create a confident, linguistically-supported student with the end goal of exiting EL services. 

  • Exiting EL services is achieved via the OELPA, which is an ODEW-approved language test. This test is taken each winter, typically between the end of January through the end of March. The OELPA is administered by a licensed teacher. Level 5 is the highest level, however, a student can exit EL service with all 5’s, all 4’s, or a combination of both in all four domains- Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.

  • Depending on the level of the incoming student, research says that a non-English speaking student may take 5-7 years to become fluent in another language. 

  • CCSD takes into account the student’s age, educational history, and transcripts.

  • Canton City Schools ELL students and/or their families are from all over the world. We have/had students from many Central American countries, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, as well as Greece, Syria, multiple African countries, Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Jamaica, and many more. Our most dominant language, of our ELLs, is Spanish.