Students will receive the appropriate amount of instructional time in Language Arts with the ESL teacher commensurate with their level of proficiency and in accordance with the current BEC (Basic Education Circular) “Educating Students With Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English Language Learners, 22 Pa. Code 4.26,” April 14, 2009.
The results of the Home Language Survey (HLS) will be utilized as an initial identifier of students in need of ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction. Students will be assessed for their initial levels of English proficiency (Entering, Beginning, Developing, Expanding, Bridging) using reliable and valid assessment tools. Appropriate placement for English language acquisition will be initiated. ESL students will be provided with the appropriate curriculum materials in language arts to meet their current English instructional levels and to insure growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing. ESL students will learn Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) through direct involvement of the ESL teacher supported by other classroom and content area teachers. Working in collaboration with the classroom and content area teachers, appropriate modifications should be included for the student. ESL students will be provided with instruction in Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) with the help of the ESL teacher and other classroom and content area teachers. ESL students will be provided access to the full school curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. The languages and cultures of English Language Learners will be integrated into the regular classroom curriculum. ESL students will be exited from ESL services based on criteria required by the state of Pennsylvania.