Bilingual & ESOL 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: (PreK-8) A program of instruction whereby the students are taught in two languages (Spanish and English) by alternating weeks in a 50/50 model.  Spanish-speaking students who are identified as ELs have the option of attending the Dual Language Program at C.B. Jennings (PreK-5) or Bennie Dover (6-8). The Dual program is also open to native speakers of English.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Bilingual Support: (K-12):  A program of instruction where students are taught English as a second language.  ESOL teachers or tutors may work with students in a self-contained class or through a pull-out or push-in model. Bilingual support services are provided by Spanish-speaking as well as Haitian/Creole and Arabic-speaking tutors in content classes. 

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. ESOL tutors provide additional support in content classes. 

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