ESL

English as a Second

Language:

Mr. Bruno

Ms. Savarese

Mrs. Holmsen

 

You might be wondering what the ESL Program is, and why your child was invited to be a part of it. When you entered the district, you filled out a Home Language Survey as required by the state. There are two important questions on this survey. If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the questions:

 

• Does your child speak any language other than English?

• Does anyone in the child’s home speak a language other than English?

 

Then, we are required to give your child the WIDA screener test to see if your child qualifies for ESL support. If he or she does qualify,

you were sent a letter home in order to notify you.

 

Overview:

We use small group instruction based on the students’ instructional levels and grade levels. We use a push-in and pull-out model to provide your child with 30 minutes of instruction per day. The lessons are based on reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and are also aligned with the standards as well as grade level content.

 

Materials:

We use regular grade level curricula. We have access to the same textbooks and resources. We also use leveled readers and extension activities based on what the children are learning.Technology is an important component of the ESL curriculum. We use a variety of websites and software programs as it correlates to the grade level instruction, as well as the needs of each individual student.

 

Monitoring and Exit Criteria:

 

The mission of the ESL program is for the students to be successful in school and using the English language. Therefore, the students exit the program when their goals have been met in conversational and academic English. The students take the ACCESS test each year in January. Based on those results, as well as  teacher recommendations, we will determine if the student is ready to exit the program or not. Even after the student exits, we have monitors in place.

 

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