English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a support system for native Spanish students. The Amigos School model provides for both “in class” and “pull out” support. Upon entering the Amigos School, ESL students are evaluated and assigned a “Lau Score” which measures students English language competency levels. Classroom work, homework, and special projects are overseen by the ESL teacher in conjunction with the classroom teacher.

library_content.jpgStudents are provided with strategies that support listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the content areas. ESL support involves vocabulary building and strategies for remembering and practicing new words. Students are asked to draw words, sing about them and even dramatize the vocabulary words. Students and teachers practice conversations by incorporating student interests into storytelling. Making connections with an ESL student’s background and interests helps students connect to learning and build self-awareness and language skills, while also preserving their cultural identity. Teachers gently correct students’ grammatical errors and provide pronunciation help as needed. ESL teachers work with the classroom teachers, specialists and often the students’ families to coordinate learning plans and optimize support.