ESL Program

What is the ESL Program?
The main objective of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to help those students whose native language is other than English, learn this language in a nurturing environment.  In this way, these students have the same opportunities to learn in the regular classroom. 

How are students selected for the program?
Any student who indicates on the Home Language Survey that his or her language spoken at home is other than English will be tested with the WIDA Screener.  The results of this test determine the level of services that need to be provided.

When does a student finish the program?
When a student gets an average of 4.8 on the WIDA Access test on all four of the language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing, he or she will be exited, provided that there is at least a 4.0 in writing. At this point, the student will be monitored for 2 years and receive additional help if needed.

What is the WIDA Access test?
It is a national English as a Second Language test that North Carolina and many other states use to assess the level of proficiency in the English language.  It is normally given in February of each year.

What is the ESL teacher's role?
The ESL teacher teaches English to small groups of students outside of the regular classroom.  Throughout the school year, important information is sent home.  Please read it and communicate to Ms. Urenda or Mrs. Qualls any concern or anything that is not clear. (336-242-1546)