The Goals of the EL Program
Instructional practices in the ESL classroom have a strong focus on language development and teaching language through content area themes. Students receive differentiated instruction according to their proficiency level, learning style, and academic needs in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The overall goals of the program are to attain communicative competence in English and cognitive academic language proficiency. Assessment in the ESL classroom is ongoing as the ESL teacher observes and analyzes students’ oral and written language and reading performance through individual student conferences and small group instruction. The ESL teacher also ensures that there’s ongoing consultation with the regular classroom teacher and other building teachers providing interventions in order to gather a complete profile of each ESL student’s academic progress and needs.