The goal of the ESL Program is to advance English language development and to promote academic achievement. English language proficiency includes social and academic language in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
The ESL department is responsible for providing English language instruction to ELL students. ESL instruction provides systematic, explicit, and direct instruction in all parts of English: phonics, phonemic awareness, morphology, lexicon, grammar and syntax, and prepares students for general education by focusing on academic language.
All students enrolled in ESL services will receive instruction in the same content objectives in accordance with the Massachusetts Common Core curricula. Additionally, the instruction of ELL students will be based on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language development standards. ELLs will receive ESL instruction and language support consistent with their needs.