Elementary English as a Second Language

Elementary ESL

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.

Elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) program

What is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

  • ESL is intensive English language instruction by teachers trained in effective language acquisition strategies who work with English Learners.

  • ESL instruction shall be equivalent 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 competence in English.

  • An ESL program prepares students to be successful in all academic subjects. 

  • An ESL program emphasizes the mastery of English language skills using research-based sheltered instructional strategies. 

Who is eligible for an ESL program?

  • Student in prekindergarten through high school who speak or hear another language other than English in their home

  • 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.

  • Yes, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies are fundamental  parts of the state mandated curriculum.

  • Yes, students will have opportunities to participate in arts, music, and physical education which are part of a balanced curriculum.  

    Texas Education Code§29.051 STATE POLICY. English is the basic language of this state.  Public schools are responsible for providing a full opportunity for all students to become competent in speaking,

    reading, writing, and comprehending the English language.  The mastery of basic English language skills is a prerequisite for effective participation in the state’s educational program. 

 Who is responsible for teaching an ESL program?

  • Teachers, who are highly qualified, specially trained, and certified to teach in ESL programs that meets the language needs of 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 areas 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 become involved at home by encouraging their child to achieve, providing him/her a place to study and showing interest in his/her schoolwork.

  • Parent can review social and academic English with students on a regular basis. 

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