English Language Learners Hail From All Around the World
Glendale Union High School District serves an international population of students in the English Language Learner (ELL) Department. 60% of our ELL students are international refugees who represent the nations of Africa, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
Here is a sample of the native languages of our ELL students: Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chin, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujatari, Italian, Karen, Karenini, Nepali, Romanian, Russian, Shan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tigrina, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and several local dialects and tribal languages.
ELL students participate in four hours of rigorous English instruction each day. In ELL classes, students study the distinct components of the English language: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. Like all GUHSD students, ELLs participate in AIMS and district assessments, and they are required to meet Glendale Union’s graduation requirements.
English Language Learners move out of the ELL program and into a full mainstream schedule when they achieve proficiency in English, as measured by the Arizona English Language Learners Assessment (AZELLA). Last year, 39% of Glendale Union’s ELL students attained proficiency in English.