English Language Learners

Program Philosophy

Students residing in the United States today will be living in – and contributing to – an increasingly global society. The challenge of today’s educational community is to prepare all students, including students who enter the school system with a primary language other than English, for life in this global society. English Language Learners must learn to communicate effectively in English in order to realize their academic, social, and career potentials. The Francis Howell School District ESOL support program provides English Language Learners the opportunity to study with their age-appropriate peers in emotionally supportive environments. Instruction that allows English Language Learners to master the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting in English is provided. The ESOL support program moves students along the continuum of English language acquisition and provides English Language Learners a bridge to full access of the Francis Howell School District’s curriculum. 

 

 

Program Goals

1.     Students will communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for a variety of purposes and audiences.

 

2.     Students will know and understand the culture of the United States both formally (government, history, literature, music, art, etc.) and informally (beliefs, values, and behavioral patterns) and recognize similarities and differences with other cultures.

 

3.     Students will use English for collaborative skills, research skills, and higher order thinking skills to make connections and reinforce knowledge across academic, vocational, and technical disciplines.

 

4.     Students will use effective communication skills in English in relationship to career choices, social relationships, citizenship, and lifelong learning.

 

 

Program Description

The Elementary ESOL Program, Kindergarten through fifth grade, is offered at four schools: Becky-David Elementary, Central Elementary, Harvest Ridge Elementary, and Warren Elementary. English Language Learners living outside these attendance areas are provided transportation to one of these schools. At these elementary schools, the ESOL teacher utilizes an appropriate teaching model. During instructional time, an ESOL teacher works with individuals or small groups of students on focused English language lessons. The remainder of the students’ school day is spent with age appropriate peers. Classroom teachers modify instruction and activities to meet the language needs of each student. The ESOL teachers collaborate with regular classroom teachers to provide academic support for English Language Learners. Students who qualify for additional services will receive instruction from appropriate educational specialists. 

 

At the middle school level, ESOL classes for sixth through eighth grade are offered at Barnwell Middle and Saeger Middle. English Language Learners living outside these attendance areas are provided transportation to one of the schools. ESOL teachers deliver curriculum content using English in a way that makes the content understandable to language learners while, at the same time, focusing on English language instruction. The remainder of their daily schedule is in regular content area classes with age appropriate peers. Classroom teachers modify instructional activities to meet the language needs of each student. The ESOL teachers collaborate with regular classroom teachers to provide academic support for the English Language Learners.

 

At the high school level, the ESOL program for ninth through twelfth grade is offered at Francis Howell North. English Language Learners living outside this attendance area are provided transportation to this high school. The high school ESOL Program utilizes specific ESOL classes in reading and studies. The ESOL staff “pushes into” many of the core courses needed for high school graduation. Depending on English proficiency, students are enrolled in regular core area classes. High school English Language Learners pursue courses that meet graduation requirements while they continue learning English. The ESOL teacher collaborates with regular classroom teachers to provide academic support for English Language Learners.