• Who are we?

    Program Director: Greg Singleton

    ESL Lead Teacher: Juliette Grosclaude

    ESL Teachers:

    Janet Rodman: JSS & PSJ Christy Hoppenthaler: JCT
    Sarah Boyd: EES & JCT Lana Schwartz: CPS-BES-CMS
    Elizabeth Betts: WHS & SHS Beckie Allen: EES
    Elizabeth Shinohara: NES & NHS Juliette Grosclaude: SWS-ETC-BCECHS

    What kind of program is it?

    It’s a pull-out program for students who speak a language other than English at home or who spoke another language before English. It consists of Maximum, Moderate or Collaborative levels of service, varying in length & frequency. The service level is determined by the student’s Teachers Team and written into the LEP (Limited English Proficiency) Plan. The members consider the student’s ability in the 4 language domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing.

    Who do we serve?

    BCS has approximately 450 ESL students. The vast majority speaks Spanish as a first language. BCS has - or has had - LEP students whose first language is German, French, Ukrainian, Gujarati, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Fujianese, Tagalog, Arabic, Greek, Shona or Chinese.

    The regular teachers should document modified instruction, methodology, and assessment. Each regular teacher is also responsible for determining student progress, and assigning grades for the ELL Student. It is very important for the ESL teachers and the regular teachers to collaborate.

    NC is part of the World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. WIDA standards direct the instruction of English to LEP students. The 5 WIDA standards are: Social & Instructional, ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. WIDA standards are arranged by the 4 language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. There are six proficiency levels, from “Entering” to “Reaching”.

    Students must master Academic Language to progress in school and to score at (or above) grade level on Large Scale, High Stakes assessments. It is essential for ELL Students to be provided with a variety of instructional strategies in order to meet their specific linguistic needs.

    ELL’s normally take 3 to 7 years to become fully proficient in English. BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) take 6 months to 2 years to develop. CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) may take 5-7 years to develop proficiently. BICS competency may lead the regular teacher to discount language as a cause of academic difficulty, when that actually is the source due to lack of CALP.

    English Language Assessments:

    • W-APT: Serves to identify new students for the program when the home language survey (HLS) states a language other than English. It is administered to kindergarten students and newcomers across grade levels (students new to the country or who enter BCS from outside the WIDA consortium).
    • ACCESS: Tests are administered annually (February/March) to assess Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing proficiency on the 1-6 scale, grades K-12. BCS English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.