Welcome Center for English-Language Learners (ELL)
We're Here to Help
Students and their families who speak languages other than English are welcomed to Cincinnati Public Schools at the district's Welcome Center for English-Language Learners (ELL).
When a nonEnglish-speaking family enrolls in a Cincinnati public school, school staff schedule an appointment for the family with the ELL Welcome Center and requests the services of an interpreter as needed.
The Welcome Center is designed to help English-Language Learners achieve high academic standards in English.
There are 63 languages other than English spoken by CPS' students and families. Spanish, French and Arabic, in that order, are the most common nonEnglish languages found among CPS' families.
Staff at the ELL Welcome Center give the ELL student an English-proficiency test. Parents are given the test results and an explanation of the English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in Cincinnati Public Schools. These ESL programs are designed to assist students whose native language, or home language, is not English.
Interpreters are provided, and documents are translated for school-related purposes. Students are provided with English/other-language dictionaries. The Welcome Center also provides volunteer tutors to help students succeed in school.
Educational Plans for Success
Some students lack the listening, speaking, reading or writing skills in English that allow them to participate in classes. These children are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). Staff at the ELL Welcome Center develop an initial educational plan for the student so that teachers and school staff can tailor the student's education for the best possible chance of success.
Programs & Services
The ELL Welcome Center also helps families with translations and assistance in filling out paperwork and forms required to enter students in school such as food-service applications, transportation forms, health forms, etc. At the same time, parents are introduced to district procedures and given information about the school calendar, school closings, discipline procedures, etc.
To provide a well-rounded, culturally diverse education, the ELL Welcome Center staff plan and assist with many cultural programs such as the Children’s Day “We Are All Neighbors" celebration. Staff also provide information about the culture of the United States.
Community Support and Resources
A large part of helping ELL students succeed in school involves helping parents fit into the community. The Welcome Center staff provides information about community resources, health-care services and social-service agencies that can help non-English speaking families. In addition, information is available about free English classes for adults, parenting classes and many other resources.
English Classes for Adults
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed for adults who do not speak English as their native language. Interactive, small-group, large-group, and computer-based instructional activities are offered to emphasize skills in reading, writing and conversational English.