Elementary English as a Second Language

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District's English as a Second Language (ESL) Education Program begins with ESL classes in PK. For students in grades PK-5, LCISD implements a Sheltered Instruction model. Students receive 100% of their instruction in English. Teachers use research based strategies to assist students in acquiring knowledge of the English Language while learning content area concepts and skills.


Our ESL program will promote acquisition in the English language by providing instruction in English that is comprehensible to all ELL students.


  1. To enable ELL students to become proficient in comprehending the English language in Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing through the utilization of ELPS.
  2. To promote awareness and appreciation of all cultures.
  3. To achieve academic success in all content areas.
  4. To encourage ELL students to participate in meaningful and active social settings.
  5. To inspire ELL students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and self-motivators.

Program Overview:

The English as a second language program shall be an integral part of the regular educational program required under Chapter 74 of this title. School districts shall use state-adopted English as a second language instructional materials and supplementary materials as curriculum tools. In addition, school districts may use other curriculum adaptations that have been developed. The school district shall provide for ongoing coordination between the English as a second language program and the regular educational program. The English as a second language program shall address the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of English language learners as follows.

(1)          Affective. English language learners shall be provided instruction using second language methods in English to introduce basic concepts of the school environment, which instills confidence, self-assurance, and a positive identity with their cultural heritages. The program shall address the history and cultural heritage associated with both the students' home language and the United States.
(2)          Linguistic. English language learners shall be provided intensive instruction to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language. The instruction in academic content areas shall be structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher-order thinking skills.
(3)          Cognitive. English language learners shall be provided instruction in English in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies using second language methods. The instruction in academic content areas shall be structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher-order thinking skills.

What is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program? 
• ESL is an intensive English language instruction given by teachers trained in effective language acquisition strategies who work with English Language Learners. 
• ESL instruction shall be commensurate with the student’s level of English proficiency and academic achievement. 
• An ESL program provides intensive instruction that develops competency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. 
• An ESL program uses the academic and cultural background of the student as a platform to provide the appropriate instruction in English. 

What is the purpose of an ESL program? 

• An ESL program develops academic language proficiency in English. 
•An ESL program prepares the students to be successful in all academic subjects. 
• An ESL program emphasizes the mastery of English language skills in all four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as, mathematics, science, and social studies, using research-based methodologies appropriate for second language acquisition. 

Who is eligible for an ESL program? 
• Students in prekindergarten through high school who speak or hear a language other than English in their home and who are learning English are eligible based on information from their Home Language Survey.
• Students will be assessed in language proficiency and based on their results, a recommendation for placement will be made by the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), and parent permission will be required for participation. 

Will my child be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as students in the regular program? 
• Yes, all students in an ESL program will receive instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in English with linguistic accommodations based on their English language proficiency level using the ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards).
• Yes, language arts, reading, mathematics, science and social studies are integral parts of the state mandated curriculum. 
• Yes, students will have a meaningful opportunity to participate in art, music and physical education which are part of a balanced curriculum. 

Who is responsible for teaching an ESL program? 

• Teachers, who are highly qualified, specially trained in sheltered instructional strategies  and certified to teach in ESL settings/ classrooms/programs in a manner or approach that meets the special language needs of the students. 

How is an ESL program different from English language arts instruction? 
• The focus is on learning social and academic English within the context of all content area subjects. 
• State-adopted ESL materials and ESL certified teachers support students to become proficient in English, learn the knowledge and skills in the TEKS, and reach their full academic potential.

How can parents help their child learn by participating in an ESL program? 
• Parent approval is required to allow their child to participate and benefit from the program.
• Parents can participate as a member of the LPAC that helps determine how students are identified, placed, instructed and assessed. 
• Parents can become involved at home by  encouraging their child to achieve, providing him/her a place to study and showing interest in his/her schoolwork. 
• Parents can volunteer and help in classroom activities. 

TEA English Learner Portal

For more information, please see our flyers. 

Feeder Patterns:

LCISD Bilingual ESL School Feeder Patterns 2017-18

Gloria Stewart
Director BIL ESL Curriculum & Instruction

Aimee Mercado Betancourt
Administrative Assistant to Bilingual/ESL Director

Kim Lybarger
ALP Facilitator

Susana Benitez
ALP Facilitator

John Davin
ALP Secondary Facilitator

Marylou Garcia
ALP Facilitator