English as a Second Language
In compliance with federal law,
ESL department administers
all education programs, activities and
admissions without discrimination
against any person on the basis of
gender, race, color, religion, national origin,
age or disability.
De acuerdo con ley federal, El Departamento de ESL
administra todos los programas de la educación,
actividades y admisiones sin discriminar
a cualquier persona por su género, raza, color,
religión, origen nacional, edad o discapacidad.
Dans l'acquiescement avec la loi fédérale, les Écoles de
ESL administrent tous les programmes d'éducation,
les activités d'emploi et les admissions sans discrimination
contre n'importe quelle personne sur la base du genre,
la course, la couleur, la religion, l'origine nationale,
l'âge ou l'infirmité.
The English as a Second Language Department of Glen High School is dedicated to providing the Limited English Proficient (LEP) students the opportunity to be academically successful. Our goal is to produce students competent in the English language through the implementation of a challenging curriculum and proven teaching strategies directed toward academic, social and emotional skills. We believe these skills to be the cornerstone for shaping students who will become life-long learners and contributing members of a global society.
The goal of English as a Second Language programs shall be to enable limited English proficient students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking reading and composition of the English language methods. The English as a Second Language program shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable Limited English proficient students to participate equitably in schools.
What is English as a second language?
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a systematic approach using a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate the formal and complete acquisition of the English language. In order to be successful in this type of setting a student must have some basic knowledge and skills of the oral English language. Throughout every subject area the emphasis is placed on vocabulary. This enables the student to transition concepts into the proper terms in all aspects of the English usage. The goal of the ESL program is to enable learners to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading and writing of the English language through the integrated use of second language methodology.
In an ESL classroom all instruction is conducted in English. Although it is beneficial for the teacher to speak another language, it is not necessary in order to be successful in an ESL classroom. Consideration should be placed on the diversity and unique differences among students. It is important that the teacher values and understands the culture and realizes that language is closely affiliated with culture.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT :: ORGANIZATION OF THE CURRICULUM
The English Language Development Standard Course of Study is organized around four goals. Objectives have been developed for each of six proficiency levels grade by grade at K-8 and for the cluster of grades 9-12.
The four goals of the English Language Development Standard Course of Study are related to the four language skills and define the major program outcomes. They apply to all limited English proficient students K-12. They are:
Competency Goal 1: Listening-The learner will comprehend spoken English in a variety of personal, social, and academic contexts.
Competency Goal 2: Speaking-The learner will communicate in appropriate spoken English in a variety of personal, social, and academic contexts.
Competency Goal 3: Reading-The learner will comprehend written English in personal, social and academic contexts from print and non-print materials.
Competency Goal 4: Writing-The learner will communicate in appropriate written English in a variety of personal, social, and academic contexts.
The goals are not listed in order of importance; all are interconnected and dependent on one another.
Under each goal, there are a series of objectives at each grade or grade cluster for each of the 6 levels of proficiency. These objectives are observable and measurable learning targets which contribute to the attainment of the broader goal. They reflect the academic language required at each grade and coincide with the cognitive level of the student. The objectives at the Superior level reflect what all students are expected to know and be able to do in English language arts at each specific grade and are linked directly to the English Language Arts Standard Course of Study.