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English Learner Program

The main goals of our English Learner Program are:

1) Help English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible, and

2) Help our English learners meet state standards for academic achievement.

In addition, our District works to enhance student self-esteem and promote cross-cultural understanding. English as a Second Language (ESL) is a broad term used to describe educational approaches with the language of instruction being English. There are a variety of ESL programs used in schools across the state. They differ widely in their approaches in terms of instructional strategies, program structure, and the amount of time students spend in classrooms with their native English-speaking peers. In our classrooms, the level of English used within the classroom is tailored to suit the varying levels of students' language proficiency. Our teachers present content according to students' individual needs and learning styles, while also supporting our EL students' social, emotional, and cultural needs. It is our educational responsibility to ensure that the academic content is accessible even if a student is not proficient in English. To accelerate the learning of English in our EL students, we also teach the program Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This grammar and writing program helps EL students understand the five aspects of English and how they work in conjunction with the others: phonology (the smallest units of sound), morphology (smallest units of meaningful sound, prefixes, suffixes, etc.), syntax (rules that govern the order of words), lexicon (the supply of words available to a person), and semantics (word meanings). For students to be considered balanced and proficient English users, they must be competent in all five areas.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or would like to find out more information about being an advisory member of your child's school site's English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) or our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), please contact our EL Department at 530-224-4100.

Si tiene algunas preguntas, preocupaciones, ideas, o si quiere mas informacion acerca de ser un miembro del grupo de consultivos de ingles como segunda idioma de la escuela de su hijo/hija o del grupo del distrito, por favor me llama a 530-224-4100.

- Dale Porter, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services