Language Instruction Education Program
Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs provide instructional models that promote the natural abilities of non native speaking students to acquire the English language. They are characterized by creative teaching strategies, which both inspire and challenge students. Our program utilizes the ESL instructional philosophy which is an academic discipline that is designed to teach language learners social and academic language skills as well as the cultural aspects of the English language necessary to succeed in an academic environment and contribute to society. All of our program models involve teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing at an appropriate and developmental proficiency level with little or no use of the native language. The language instruction of our ESL program models strive to accommodate individual proficiencies by presenting learning activities at the appropriate level of difficulty. Our ESL instructions vary in scope and incorporate content areas into lessons when appropriate and/or necessary. All modalities of cognitive and learning styles are included to make instruction relevant and comprehensible. Our ESL teachers are highly-qualified ESL teachers, trained to provide the most authentic language instruction to create an atmosphere of acceptance and support for the language learner. Positive attitudes of our teachers and researched based approaches to instruction are used so that students will find a freedom to experiment with language and not be afraid to make mistakes.
- To prepare students to function in the regular class environment and in society while maintaining their cultural identity.
- To increase each student’s English language ability so that he or she can meet district and state academic standards.
- To help each student become comfortable in his or her new culture.
Levels of Proficiency
English Language Proficiency Levels:
Each student will move through these levels at a pace that is appropriate to their ability. With time and ELD support, English Learners will reach the Bridging level and then be ready to exit the Language Instruction Education Program.
- Score of Basic on the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).
- Level of Proficient (Bridging) in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing on the annual state English Language proficiency assessment.
Plus 1 of These Additional Criteria
- Final grades of C or better in core subject areas (Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies).
- Scores on district-wide assessments that are comparable to the Basic performance level on the PSSA.