Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts


the name that ArtsConnection gives to all its work with English Language Learners (ELLs)

DELLTA Residency Model:  Students learn to work and think like artists

    Our DELLTA Residency Model is grounded in research that shows students develop language skills in an engaging, authentic context that they care about, and that provides opportunities for self-expression.

  • An inquiry-based approach engages students in authentic arts-making experiences and provides opportunities for self-expression
  • Small group work facilitates collaborative discussion and decision making
  • Peer assessment practices help students analyze and improve their work
  • Targeted teaching strategies that support language development

Digital DELLTA Residency Model for Middle School students

Building upon the DELLTA Residency Model, middle school students learn to document, synthesize, analyze, and assess their learning processes in the arts through collaborative digital media portfolios. Portfolio Presentations shared with the school community give ELs the opportunity to present their work in a coherent manner with pertinent evidence of learning drawn from oral, written and digital content.

DELLTA Professional Development Model

Using Video Study—a professional development model for building new teaching strategies and language supports based on the study of student work samples captured on video by teachers. School-based teams of ENL and classroom teachers, ArtsConnection’s teaching artists and program staff, collaborate to support inter-disciplinary teaching and learning and build Professional Learning Networks within and across schools through 30 hours per year of facilitated professional development. (CTLE credit available.) Teams develop a shared knowledge base and experience within and across schools through three years of facilitated professional development in which they learn to:

  • document and assess student learning on video
  • identify students’ strengths and challenges, and strategies to help them meet those challenges
  • develop teaching strategies that cross disciplines

Educator ePortfolios for Middle School Teachers

Educator ePortfolios include inquiry questions, action plans, identified language objectives, video evidence of student learning in the arts and language acquisition, and reflections on their own learning. The portfolio process improves educators’ facility with iPad technology and develops their capacity to provide support to students engaged in a parallel digital portfolio process. This is an intensive, three-year process that requires the commitment of school-based teams of ENL and classroom teachers, ArtsConnection’s teaching artists and program staff. Educators learn to incorporate the purposes, activities and benefits of the Digital DELLTA program into their ongoing teaching practice. CTLE credit available.

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