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English Language Learners (EL)

The goal of St. Clair County Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to provide equitable opportunities to students who have a primary or home language other than English, and who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) or Non-English Speakers (NES). The primary focus is to provide an English-rich environment to encourage English proficiency as quickly as possible.

 St. Clair County Schools strive to create a learning environment that encourages students’ pride in their cultural heritage, and provides the cognitive and affective support to help them become contributing members of our society.

 This program, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school, will provide each English language learner (ELL or EL) the opportunity to be successful in academic areas and to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in order to be successful in all classes. The St. Clair County School System employs three EL teachers from across the system to work with EL children and classroom teachers in order to facilitate a higher quality of education for EL students. EL teachers attend professional development locally and regionally in order to bring back best practice strategies for teaching English Language Learners.

EL teachers work with parents and translators as needed to develop sound, educationally driven plans for each child in order to facilitate the greatest gains possible.

 In short, the educational goals of the ESL program are:

1.   Equal access to understandable instruction in all academic areas.

2.   Meaningful participation in all district programs.

3.   Increased English proficiency.

4.   Mastery of subject matter content.


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