(ESL) ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The ESL program's main objective is to assist non-English speaking students develop the English language ability required to be successful in a mainstream class.

ESL Program

* The ESL program is flexible in order to meet the needs of our students at any given time.
* During ESL time, students develop their oral, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, reinforce the knowledge given by the classroom teachers, and receive emotional support.
* Students will gradually be mainstreamed. The progress of these students will be monitored for a suggested period of time.

ESL Student

*At the beginning, students are given an assessment of language proficiency in all four areas;listening, speaking, reading, and writing to ensure that students' language needs are properly identified and addressed through EBV's educational program.
*Students are given tests through the year to check if they are ready to be mainstreamed.
*Students are given an exit test from the program. Exit procedures suggest a score of IV or V on the WIDA language proficiency test.

ESL Classes

PULL OUT: Students are withdrawn for part of the day and put into groups according to their age, grade, and levels of English proficiency.

PUSH IN: ESL teacher works with the students in the mainstream class.

Proficiency Levels

1 : Knows and uses minimal social language and minimal academic language with visual and graphic support.
2 : Knows and uses some social English and general academic language with visual and graphic support.
3 : Knows and uses social English and some specific academic language with visual and graphic support.
4 : Knows and uses social English and some technical academic language.
5 : Knows and uses social English and academic language working with grade-level material.