• English as a Second Language Core Instructional Program

    IU 29 works in conjunction with consortium districts to provide a planned educational program for students with limited English proficiency.This program enables students to meet academic standards and succeed in school. An ESL (English as a Second Language) program includes social and academic language skills as well as cultural aspects of the English language. ESL is available to students enrolled in grades K-12.

    How the process works:

    1. When a student enrolls in school, a Home Language Survey is administered to determine the native language, other languages used and the languages spoken in the home.
    2. If responses indicate a language other than English, the student is assessed in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing using an English Language Proficiency test.
    3. ESL services are recommended for any student who does not measure fluent and/or competent in all 4 areas.
    4. IU itinerant staff or district staff provides ESL during the regular school day.
    Below you will find translated information necessary for parents and families whose dominant language is not English to work as partners with school personnel. Each document details important information about the day-to-day happenings in our schools. The languages currently available are Chinese, English,German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. 
    Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), within the U.S. Department of Education, is pleased to offer an English Learner (EL) Tool Kit. Click here for more information. 
    Questions regarding ESL services can be addressed to: 

    IU 29 – Barb Wilkinson, Supervisor of School Improvement (570) 544-9131 extension 1215