Our ESL Programs provide all students with the skills necessary to be fluent English speakers, readers, and writers in our diverse society. ESL classrooms in grades PK-12 utilize comprehensive English development methodologies and focus on a language acquisition approach to encourage English proficiency in the ESL classroom.
English as a Second Language Model
All campuses offer English as a Second Language to students who speak a language other than English. Certified ESL teachers provide sheltered instruction to ensure comprehension of the content as well as developing English language proficiencies. Our district goal is to provide programs which have educational, cognitive, economic and socio-cultural benefits for our students as individuals as well as members of our community.
Secondary students in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program benefit from instruction that is geared toward the needs of second-language learners. Our methodology focuses on delivering rigorous instruction in all the content areas through sheltered instruction that promotes language acquisition while developing the content knowledge base. In addition, educators implement the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in all content areas in order to facilitate increased English proficiency while building academic language.
Our International Newcomer Center serves students 6th-8th grades and is housed at Fannin Middle School. The center provides intensive instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. This highly effective transitional program focuses on rapid language development by researched, evidence-based sheltered instruction.
Assist campus administrators and classroom educators in implementing the ELPS and TEKS for Limited English Proficient students:
- Support teacher education through District professional development for sheltered instruction and other secondary ESL instructional needs
- Support and advocate structure, uniformity and implementation of the articulated secondary ESL/sheltered instruction program with specific knowledge of Newcomer students
- Measure and evaluate the use of ESL researched, evidence-based practices and teaching strategies
- Maintain and inform stakeholders on current knowledge of secondary ESL program (e.g., laws; changes and trends)
- Use data to assist teachers and administrators in creating language goals for their students
- Design and implement effective summer language program for English Language Learners
- Review and select ESL secondary materials appropriate for sheltered instruction, ESL, and the Newcomer Program in collaboration with the specific content area facilitators.