ESOL Instructional Programs

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    English Learners of all English Proficiency Levels (WIDA ACCESS scores 1.0 – 4.3) are placed in mainstream classrooms.  They receive language instruction with an ESOL teacher which is also based on the academic language used in the content areas studied in school such as the language we use in Language Arts, the language of Mathematics, the language of Social Studies or History, and the language of Science.  The amount of time an English Learner receives support from an ESOL teacher is based on their English Proficiency level as well as individual student needs and progress.  Most elementary English Learners receive approximately 30-60 minutes of language instruction with an ESOL teacher per day.Children around the world

    English Language Instruction in academic content areas focuses on four areas of language development:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  The goal of the ESOL program in Winchester Public Schools is to support our English Learners in becoming proficient English speakers, readers, and writers in all content areas.

    English language instruction provided by the ESOL teacher is usually provided in an inclusion or co-taught classroom to support the language and content area development in a setting where the classroom teacher and ESOL teacher work together with students. In some cases the English Learner may be pulled out of the classroom for targeted English language instruction.  This is usually necessary for a short period of time with very new English speakers (Newcomers or WIDA ACCESS level 1).

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    New English Learners (English Language Proficiency level 1) receive at least one block daily of targeted English instruction in a “Newcomers” classroom with an ESOL teacher.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English are the focus of this class which covers social and instructional English skills.  The class also serves as an introduction to academic content language in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies / History, and Science.  All English Learners (WIDA levels 1.0 – 4.3) receive English language instruction through content which is usually supported in a class co-taught by an ESOL teacher and a content area teacher. 

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    New English speakers (English Language Proficiency level 1) may take a full year of a course entitled ESOL Language I The goal of this course is to provide a Newcomer Program (social or “survival” English), and develop basic English vocabulary.  English reading comprehension and process writing skills will be introduced. 

    The high school ESOL program offers a sequence of support courses to be taken in conjunction with, or following ESOL Language I.  The ESOL course sequence may include:

    • ESOL Language II: Builds on all language acquisition domain areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and provides a transition to English 1 for English Learners. 
    • ESOL Reading: Offers reading and literacy development support to English Learners needing this.
    • Algebra Readiness: Prepares English Learners for either ESOL Algebra 1 (full year course), or Algebra 1. 
    • ESOL Integrated Science: Prepares students for entry into Biology for English Learners (full year course) or Biology. 
    • ESOL Integrated Social Studies (History): Prepares students for other history courses such as U.S. or World History.

    English Learners (WIDA level 2 – 4.3) receive language instruction from an ESOL teacher in these ESOL courses and/ or content classes which are co-taught by an ESOL and a content teacher according to their English Language Proficiency levels as well as their academic need for support.