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The Home Language Survey (HLS) is included on the school registration form and is completed by the parent/guardian when a student is registered. When a parent or guardian responds to any of the following HLS questions with language other than English, the student is assessed using the WiDA Screener to determine if s/he qualifies for alternative language services (ALS).

  1. What was the first language the student learned to speak?
  2. List all languages spoken or understood by the student.
  3. List all languages spoken in the home. 
  4. In what language do you need to receive communication from the school?

If the student qualifies for ALS, the parent is notified of the WIDA Screener results and the placement of the student in the ALS program.  Parents have the right to refuse ALS, however, if they do, this decision must be documented in writing. Although ALS are refused, the school is still responsible to ensure that the student is progressing in their academic English language acquisition.

Prior to creating the student’s class schedule, the student’s English language proficiency must be assessed.  To accomplish this, it may be necessary to have the student return at a later time after registration to be tested. Once the ALS testing is completed, the class schedule will be finalized and the student may begin attending.

Student Placement

Students who qualify for ALS are placed in an English language development class that is taught by a teacher who has the Utah English as a Second Language endorsement.  This will help to ensure that ELLs receive instruction that is above and beyond that which is provided for native English-speaking students.  These services must include the following activities as organized by proficiency level.

Levels 1-4

  • One class period of English language development Two different content areas that are delivered using sheltered instruction strategies  Daily instruction with English proficient students in one of the following classes: physical education/health, music, art, or other electives
    • Teacher-lead English language development focusing on the components of literacy:
      • Phonemic Awareness
      • Phonics
      • Fluency 
      • Vocabulary Development
      • Comprehension
  • Teachers will also continually review their ELLs’ English language proficiency in relation to grade-level requirements and adjust the strategies implemented during instruction to reflect the students’ increasing English proficiency skills.
  • Students are assessed annually using the WiDA ACCESS assessment. These results are used to determine the ALS placement for the coming school year. 

Level 5

  • Students are enrolled in the appropriate grade-level and content-area classes. 
  • The academic progress of these students is formally monitored twice a year for two years.


A student is exited from ALS when s/he has achieved proficiency by scoring level 5 on the WiDA ACCESS assessment.


English as a Second Language
121 West Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
T: (435) 673-3553
Department Coordinator
Randy Richardson
(435) 673-3553 

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