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ESL - English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program assists our students whose first language is not English. Our English learners (ELs) take content and special area classes with their native English speaking peers while also being provided with accommodations and adaptations to make the content accessible for them. They additionally receive daily pull-out ESL instruction in English with a certified ESL Program Specialist.
The focus of the ESL class is to help students gain English language proficiency in the areas of:
  • reading
  • writing
  • listening
  • and speaking
The students are assessed annually with the WIDA ACCESS for ELs assessment. When they meet the criteria to exit the program based on the results of this assessment, they continue to be actively monitored for an additional two years.
The goal of our ESL program is to make our ELs feel comfortable as well as proficient with their newly acquired language while also supporting them as they participate in their grade-level classes with their peers. 
For more information:
Maria Magnotta
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
Kelly Primary and Turner Intermediate