Secondary English as a Second Language

Secondary English as a Second Language (ESL) program

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

  • ESL programs are designed to make grade level academic content accessible to English learners.

  • ESL programs target English language development, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive. 

  • ESL programs use the academic, linguistic, and cultural background of English learners as a platform for acquiring grade level content in English. 

What is the state-approved secondary  ESL program model in LCISD?

  • The state-approved ESL program model is pull-out ESL.

What is the goal of the pull-out ESL program?

  • English learners will attain full proficiency in English in order to participate equitably in school.

What is instruction like in a pull-out ESL program?

  • A pull-out model can be implemented within the English learner’s classroom, or the English learner may be provided his or her English language arts and reading instruction by an ESL certified teacher in another classroom setting.   ESL certified teachers create lessons and provide learning experiences to improve the linguistic and academic growth for students while relying on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills combined with English Language Proficiency Standards.  This combination supports students attainment of full proficiency in English in all content areas.   

What are the benefits on an ESL program?

  • Academic instruction is provided by teachers who are trained in second language acquisition methods.

  • Teachers understand the specific language needs of English learners and how to address them.

  • Recognition of an English learner’s academic, cultural, and linguistic background.

  • Adapted instruction, pacing, and materials to target an English learner’s language proficiency level.

Can a child who is also receiving other services participate in an ESL program?

  • Yes, students who receive services in other programs, such as special education, 504, response to intervention, and gifted/talented or advanced academics, may also participate in the ESL program. 

How can parents help support their child who participates in an ESL program?

  • Provide opportunities to practice English as well as increase skills in their child’s skills in their primary or home language.

  • Read to their child in English and/or the primary language.

  • Engage in conversations that promote a wide-range of vocabulary in either language.

  • Use oral storytelling in the family’s primary language and/or English.

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