Scranton School District

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ESL Program Information

 

Every school district must provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English. The goal of our ESL program is to facilitate students' acquisition of the English language and achievement of the academic standards.

The Scranton School District provides an ESL instructional program that promotes the natural abilities of bilingual children to acquire language. It is characterized by creative teaching strategies, which both inspire and challenge students. The district values the knowledge, culture and language each student brings to school. The variety of cultural backgrounds provide experiences that relate the student’s foundation of prior learning to the acquisition of English, making the transition into the new culture a comfortable one.

Second language instruction incorporates the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. All modalities of cognitive and learning styles are included to make instruction relevant and comprehensible.

Language instruction strives to accommodate individual proficiencies by presenting learning activities at the appropriate level of difficulty. ESL instruction varies in scope and incorporates content areas in lessons when appropriate.