ESOL – Levels of Support

Our district supports our English Language Learners in a variety of ways. An English Language Learner may experience one or more of these supports:

  • Intensive Language Centers: The purpose of the Intensive Language Centers is for students new to the country to gain the cultural, social, and language skills necessary to navigate successfully in American classrooms and schools. Intensive language support is provided in a safe / sheltered classroom environment for the majority of the day with opportunities to work with English speaking peers through mentorship and participation in electives / specials. When a student is ready to move out of the ILC, he/she will return to his/her home school.
    • The ILCs are located in the following buildings:
      • High School – Harmon and Washington
      • Middle School – Arrowhead and Central
      • Elementary – Eugene Ware (3rd-5th) and Frances Willard (2nd – 5th)
  • Direct Service Language Courses (English Language and Fundamentals of English Language): Instruction will focus around gaining LANGUAGE skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to be successful in content courses. This support is available primarily at the secondary level.
  • Sheltered Courses: The students in these courses have acquired the necessary LANGUAGE skills, but still need the scaffold supports provided by sheltered instruction to meet the content specific standards. This support is available primarily at the secondary level.
  • Co-Teaching: Students in a co-teaching classroom will receive instruction from two instructors: one being the content expert and the other being the language instructor. This method can be achieved in a variety of ways.
  • Mainstream Courses: Students in these courses will receive content instruction with significantly reduced language scaffolds. They may receive support services through push-in support by an ESOL Instructional aide or through consultative services by an ESOL staff member.
  • Young Adult Center (YAC): The Young Adult Center is housed at Wyandotte High School and intended for students new to the country whose age causes a concern around the ability to graduate due to a lack of appropriate time to earn the required credits. The purpose of this program is for students to gain the cultural, social and language skills necessary to navigate successfully in a work setting. There will also be a focus on preparing for the GED to lead to post-secondary educational opportunities. Intensive language support is provided in a safe / sheltered classroom environment with the opportunity to experience real-life working scenarios / opportunities with a built-in early release time daily. It is important for students / families being recommended for this center to understand that a traditional diploma will NOT be earn through this program.