English Learners (EL) Services
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English Learner (EL) Services:

 

The EL services at South High School consist of a comprehensive language development program for English Learners that incorporates an ongoing and intensive focus in English language development to support the advancement of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

The goals of the EL services are to foster students’ academic language learning and to provide opportunities for academic English language development that ensures student success in core-content areas. Instruction is intentionally designed with clear language targets that align to content standards and learning targets. Practices and strategies are integrated to meet the needs of students and providing opportunities for student interaction and language production. By the end of three years of EL support, our overarching goal is for those students to be able to access grade level content with limited or no support.

 

The service a student receives depends on the following criteria: the student’s proficiency level, previous U.S. schooling and time in the U.S., and current academic achievement level. Depending on the student’s English Language Proficiency level, a student may receive stand-alone ESL instruction in addition to sheltered content classes in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science.

 

ESL 9

This course aims to raise students’ levels of academic English proficiency in the four modalities of language: speaking, reading, writing and listening in academic language. ESL 9 uses a variety of resources, texts and activities aligned with the students’ individual levels using the WIDA EL standards.  It also aims to raise students’ acquisition of academic language and concepts in core academic subjects and their achievement on MCA Test scores by teaching the study skills needed to be successful. The content of this course is aligned with the 9th grade social studies or language arts sheltered classes.

 

ESL 10

This course aims to raise students’ levels of academic English proficiency in the four modalities of language: speaking, reading, writing and listening in academic language. ESL 10 uses a variety of resources, texts and activities aligned with the students’ individual levels using the WIDA EL standards.  It also aims to raise students’ acquisition of academic language and concepts in core academic subjects and their achievement on MCA Test scores by teaching the study skills needed to be successful. The content of this course is aligned with the 10th grade social studies or language arts sheltered classes.

 

ESL 11/12

This course aims to raise students’ levels of academic English proficiency in the four modalities of language: speaking, reading, writing and listening in academic language. ESL 11/12 uses a variety of resources, texts and activities aligned with the students’ individual levels using the WIDA EL standards.  It also aims to raise students’ acquisition of academic language and concepts in core academic subjects and their achievement on MCA Test scores by teaching the study skills needed to be successful. The content of this course is aligned with the 11th and 12th grade social studies or language arts sheltered classes.

 

Sheltered Content Classes

 

·         Humanities I- English (World Literature)

·         Humanities II-English (American Literature)

·         AP English Language and Composition

·         Algebra 1

·         Algebra II

·         Geometry

·         Government/Economics & AP Human Geography

·         Holocaust

·         Psychology

·         Biology/Physics

·         Biology/Physics 2

·         Physical Science