WECOME TO THE BILINGUAL/ESOL DEPARTMENT
The Bilingual Education Program follows the same curriculum as the mainstream education program in all grades, paying attention to the language and academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). Instruction in content areas (Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) for bilingual students uses both English and eligible student’s native language for clarification of the subject matter being taught pursuant to section 10-17e of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS).
Language Transition Support Services (LTSS) are provided to students who have completed 30 months in the Bilingual Education Program and have not met the state English mastery standards. The teacher assists the students by giving them support in content areas, using ESL methodologies, and Sheltered Content Instruction. When using Sheltered Content Area Instruction, students are taught academic subjects (e.g. Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) in English, with modifications that facilitate comprehension. The teacher modifies the English used during instruction and presentation methods (e.g. use of manipulatives, pictures, demonstrations, etc.) to make content comprehensible for the students. The focus is on academic content, not language per se. The ultimate goal is accessibility for ELLs to grade-level content standards and concepts while they continue to improve their English language proficiency (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2000) pursuant to section 10-17e of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS).