Mrs. Rakes & Mrs. Burns
The goal of the Elementary English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum is to enable the English Language Learner (ELL), who is learning English as a new language, to develop the language skills needed to achieve academically, participate successfully in the school and classroom setting, and adjust socially to the U.S. culture.
The Elementary ESOL curriculum is based on state and district standards for the language and literacy development of English language learners. It is also based on research that supports learning language through academic content. Thus, units of instruction are organized around themes related to reading/language arts, social studies, and science.
Emphasis is placed on developing language in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, using methods specifically designed for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students are given opportunities to practice and apply language through interaction with adults and peers, hands-on learning experiences, and activities that promote critical-thinking.