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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ESL services are recommended for any student who does not measure fluent and/or competent in all 4 areas.
- IU itinerant staff or district staff provides ESL during the regular school day.
IU 29 – Barb Wilkinson, Supervisor of School Improvement (570) 544-9131 extension 1215