English as a Second Language (ESL)
Statement of Objectives and Goals
The goal of West Orange-Cove C.I.S.D.’s ESL Program is to develop English social language proficiency, known as Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills, and, English academic language proficiency, known as Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP), in English language learners so that they can function independently in the mainstream classroom. To this end, all instruction is conducted in English. A standards-based curriculum is used for all English language learners (ELLs) and is implemented through an instructional method called Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol.
ESL Program Description
English as a second language programs shall be an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition in the English language as well as systematic development of academic language. Instruction in English as a second language shall be commensurate with the student's level of English proficiency and his or her level of academic achievement. The district shall modify the instruction, pacing, and materials to ensure that limited English proficient students have a full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum. The district will employ the sheltered instruction observational protocol approach to ESL instruction by trained teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Student needs will be addressed in the following domains.
(1) Affective. Limited English proficient students shall be provided instruction using second language methods in English to introduce basic concepts of the school environment which instills confidence, self-assurance, and a positive identity with their cultural heritages. The program shall address the history and cultural heritage associated with both the students' home language and the United States.
(2) Linguistic. Limited English proficient students shall be provided intensive instruction to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language. The instruction in academic content areas shall be structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher order thinking skills.
(3) Cognitive. Limited English proficient students shall be provided instruction in English in mathematics, science, health, and social studies using second language methods. The instruction in academic content areas shall be structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher order thinking skills.