West Maple Elementary

Inspiring all learners to positively impact their world.

Welcome to ESL (English as a Second Language) at West Maple!

We all smile in the same language!
  •  ESL Program Goals for Newcomers (Levels 1 and 2) in Grades K-5

    • To develop English language proficiency as quickly as possible by providing comprehensive and directed English language instruction.
    • To provide orientation and basic survival skills for American culture and schools.
    • To build oral language, which is vital in order to read.
    • To provide appropriate instruction at the appropriate level in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
    • To enhance English Leaners’ self-esteem. 

    ESL Services for Newcomers (Levels 1 and 2) in Grades K-5

    • Oral language 
    • Word work
    • Guided Reading
    • Guided Writing
    • Up to 120 minutes/day in grades 2-5
    • Up to 90 minutes/day in grade 1
    • Up to 45 minutes/day in kindergarten

    ESL Services for English Learners (Levels 3-5) in Grades 1-2

    • Focus on reading and writing in response to reading
    • Small literacy groups of 3-5 students
    • Comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary
    • Fiction and non-fiction texts
    • Resources such as: Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and Patricia Cunningham's Making Words
    • Up to 30 minutes/day

    ESL Services for English Learners (Levels 3-5) in Grades 3-5

    Any intervention or combination of interventions:

    • Focus on students reaching grade level in reading and on the reading units and strategies being taught in their classrooms
    • ESL teacher collaborates with reading teacher and pushes into reading class up to 60 minutes/day
    • Small literacy groups of 3-5 students up to 30 minutes/day
    • Strategy groups in comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and/or vocabulary
    • Strategy groups in writing
    • Fiction and non-fiction texts
    • Resources such as: Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and AARI expository texts and text structures

    Support in other content areas may be provided to English Learners of all levels. Focus is on providing access to the curriculum. 

     

     

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