ESOL Program at CA
CA's ESOL Statement:
Our program is based on the ESOL Standards for Students which have been derived from the latest research about theory and the nature of language and language learning developed by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. (TESOL). These principles are:
- Bilingualism is an individual and social asset
- Native language proficiency contributes to second language acquisition
- Language processes develop interdependently
- Language acquisition occurs through meaningful use and interaction
- Language acquisition is a long term process
- Language learning is cultural learning
- Language learning varies according to individual differences (aptitude, motivation, learning styles)
- Language is functional
- Grade level team meetings
- Meetings with the individual teachers to plan and discuss lessons and activities
- Meetings with the individual teachers to discuss progress of the students
- Curriculum meetings
- ESOL Department meetings
How does the ESOL program work in the classroom? What could the ESOL teacher do for you?
- The ESOL teacher works with a small group in the classroom.
- There is a centers approach to learning, with ESOL students and non ESOL students mixed in small groups.
- Co-teaching: ESOL teacher and classroom teacher teach together.
- Pull-Out: ESOL teacher pulls out the "Beginner" and "Progressing" English Language Learners (see ESOL Levels) and works with them in another room.