ESL Program Description- Parent Information

 ELL School Program

Two-way immersion or two-way bilingual

  ELL Instructional  Program Description

The goal is to develop strong skills and proficiency in both languages.  Instruction is in both languages.  Programs will include students with an English background and one other language background.

Dual  languageWhen called “dual language immersion,” usually means the same as two-way immersion.  When called “dual language,” may refer to students from one language group developing literacy in two languages.
Developmental bilingual;late exit transitionalThe goal is to develop some skills and proficiency in L1 and strong skills and proficiency in L2.  Instruction at the lower grades is in L1, gradually transitioning to English.
Transitional bilingual; early exitThe goal is to develop English skills as quickly as possible, without delaying learning of academic core.  Instruction begins in L1 but rapidly moves to English.
Heritage language or indigenous language programsThe goal is literacy in two languages.  Content is taught in both languages, with teachers fluent in both languages.  The differences between the two programs: heritage language targets students who are non-English-speakers or have weak literacy skills in L1; indigenous language programs support endangered minority languages.
Sheltered English instruction sometimes called Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) the CA model or Content-based ESLThe goal is proficiency in English while learning content in an all-English setting.  Students from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be in the same class.  Instruction is adapted to students’ proficiency levels and may be used with other programs.
Structured English immersionThe goal is fluency in English, with only LEP students in the class.  All instruction is in English, adjusted to the proficiency level of students so subject matter is comprehensible.  Teachers need receptive skill in students’ L1 and sheltered instructional techniques.
Pull-out ESL or ELD (English language development)The goal is fluency in English.  Students leave their mainstream classroom to spend part of the day receiving ESL instruction.  There is typically no support for L1.