ESL

Description

 

The Solanco School District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English. The goal of the ESL Program is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our schools and in their social lives in our community.

The objectives of the ESL program are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). The ESL program  each student receives is geared towards helping the student achieve the PA academic standards in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and allowing the students the opportunities they need to become proficient in the use of the English language.  The ESL program provided to ELL students will include direct language instruction as well as adaptations to instruction and assessment in all content areas, both of which must be commensurate with the student’s level of English proficiency. Students in the ESL program must be provided with meaningful, comprehensible access to instruction in all content areas required by Pennsylvania academic standards.

The PA ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) are an overlay to the academic standards and will be incorporated in planned instruction for ELLs by all teachers. Content area instruction will be aligned with the corresponding standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students. Accommodations and modifications provided to the student will be provided by the ESL teacher, which will be collaboratively developed by the ESL teacher and grade level/content teacher(s). ELL students must be graded using the same grading system as all other students. Grading of ELL students must reflect what the students know and are able to do at their level of English language proficiency.

The content teacher(s), ESL teacher, school counselor, and principal will monitor all ELL Students’ progress during the school year to determine if programming changes are necessary. The linguistic program goal of the ESL program is developing literacy in English using Content-Based ESL as the program model. English instruction is adapted to student’s proficiency level and supplemented by visual aids, and manipulatives.  This approach of teaching ESL makes use of instructional materials, learning tasks, and classroom techniques from academic content areas as the vehicle for developing language, content, cognitive, and study skills.

 

Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Robert J. Dangler – (717) 786.5609