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Family and Housing Expo Posted: Wed, April 23, 2014

The City of Waterbury and the Board of Education are hosting a Family and Housing Expo on Saturday, May 10,...

Annual Notice Posted: Wed, April 23, 2014

The Individuals with Disabilities Act allows certain services provided under an Individualized Education Plan to be covered by Medicaid - annual...

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Posted: Mon, April 21, 2014

  Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26, Sunday, April 27 at Barnes & Noble, 235 Union Street, Waterbury Story Hour with surprise...

Earth Day Clean-Up Posted: Thu, March 13, 2014

This year's city-wide Earth Day Clean Up is Saturday, April 26th (rain date May 3rd) from 9:00 to noon. Meet...

EMBODI Mentoring Program Posted: Thu, March 13, 2014

EMBODI stands for Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence, and it is a new mentoring program for middle...
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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).


The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Program is for students that need to learn to speak, read, and write in English for the purposes of social interaction and academic achievement.  Teachers provide strategies for students to acquire proficiency in English as a Second Language (ESL), promoting and enhancing students’ Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and the Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).  Teachers incorporate in their classroom instruction, content area vocabulary during their reading and writing activities, but the main focus must be literacy development.


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).





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