• WHAT IS ESL?
    English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) both refer to instructional programs for students who are not yet proficient in English.  English Learners (ELs) refers to the students who are enrolled in ESL/ESOL classes because they are developing their English language skills.
     
    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ESL?
    Students whose first language is not English and who are not yet proficient in English are eligible for ESL.  This may include students who were born in the United States due to the fact that their families speak another language at home.  English proficiency is based on several measures including standardized test scores for reading and writing, oral assessments, student records, and personal interviews.
     
    WHAT IS THE CRITERION TO BE IN ESL?
    If the Home Language Survey indicates a language influence other than English, the ESL teacher reviews the student's record to determine if further services are needed.  Next, the ESL teacher screens the student and if the assessment indicates services are needed, the ESL teacher will determine the appropriate placement, based on a series of assessments.  If and when the students exits daily ESL instruction, the ESL teacher monitors his/her progress for the next two years.  This is a state requirement.   
     
     IS THERE A TYPICAL TIME LINE FOR AN AVERAGE STUDENT TO DEVELOP ENGLISH PROFICIENCY?
    Second language acquisition research suggests that students develop basic social and interpersonal communication skills within one to two years.  However, reaching "native-like" proficiency in academic language requires from five to nine years with appropriate support.  Without appropriate support, an English Language Learner is unlikely to achieve competency in the academic English that is necessary to succeed in school.  State College Area School District provides that necessary support to help English Language Learners succeed in and outside of the classroom.
     
    OBJECTIVES OF THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
    • to provide an instructional curriculum that supports the development of English language communication skills which are necessary to participate in the full range of educational activities offered to the mainstream student population;
    • to develop competence in basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency;
    • to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with the opportunity to share their cultural wealth with the mainstream population. 
     *For more information regarding the SCASD's ESL program, click here:
     
Last Modified on August 29, 2017