Bilingual Programs

The goal of the Programs for English Learners (ELs) is to provide English language and content area instruction to students that are learning English, thus, leading to proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, comprehension and writing skills as well as academic excellence. 


Dual Language Immersion Program: (K-5) at Jennings Elementary School - A program of instruction whereby the students are taught in two languages (Spanish and English) by alternating weeks in a 50/50 model.  Students in this program will:

• Achieve academic excellence in all content areas.

• Develop high levels of achievement in their first and second language. They will be bilingual and bi-literate.

• Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

All elementary level Spanish-speaking students who are identified as ELs have the option of attending the Dual Language Program at Jennings School (K-5).  Speakers of other languages (Albanian, Creole, Greek, and other languages) or for families who do not wish the Dual Language Program, will be placed in a mainstream class and ESL services will be provided.


English as a Second Language (ESL): (K-12) All Schools- A program of instruction where students are taught English as a second language.  In the case of newcomers in the elementary schools, the ESL Teacher or tutor may work with students in a pull-out or push-in basis. Bilingual support services are provided by Spanish-speaking as well as Haitian/Creole-speaking tutors in their content classes. ESL tutors provide additional support to speakers of other languages.


Sheltered Content Instruction (SI): (9-12) at New London High School- An approach for teaching language and content to ELs.   In our district, sheltered English is presently used as a program of instruction at the secondary level.  Academic subjects are taught using English with specific strategies that allow for comprehensible input. Teachers use the core curriculum that is modified to meet the language development needs of ELs.

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