English for Speakers of Other Languages

At WDMCS, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is specially designed instruction that supports English Learners (ELs) in developing and enhancing their English language skills in order to acquire academic content and language. ESOL instruction is primarily in English.

Home Language Survey

All new students to WDMCS are required to fill out a Home Language Survey. If it is evident the student has a native language other than English, the child and family are referred to the child’s designated school for registration and assessment for possible ESOL services.

Students are assessed on their oral, written, and reading proficiencies. If the student qualifies for ESOL services, they will receive those services at their home school.

Transportation

Free transportation is provided for English learners only if they must attend a school different than their neighborhood school to receive ESOL services. Instruction will be based on the individual child’s instructional and language needs.

If assistance is needed to pay bus fees, the school’s secretary or principal should be contacted to determine eligibility for assistance.

Services & Assistance

All ESOL services provide students access to the district core curriculum. The following program models are used in the WDMCS.

Newcomer Program – Designed to meet the academic and transitional needs of newly arrived students. This is program provides intensive instruction in Basic English skills. Newcomer programs are available at Indian Hills, Valley Southwoods, and Valley High School.

English as a Second Language – A program of techniques, methodology, and special curriculum designed to further develop the language skills for the English learner. Instruction occurs in different settings depending on the needs of the student.

Sheltered Instruction – An instructional approach used to make academic instruction in English understandable to ELs. In the sheltered classroom, teachers use physical activities, visual aids, and the environment to teach vocabulary for concept development in content subjects.

Declining ESL Services

If a parent wishes to waive ESOL services, a parent meeting is held to discuss concerns and potential outcomes. Parents must also annually complete and sign a waiver form. Parents have the option to un-waive services at any time.

Communicating With Parents

Full-time Spanish interpreters are available in the district. Arrangements are made by the school for interpreters in other languages as needed. Please contact your student’s ESOL teacher if you speak a language other than Spanish and wish to have an interpreter available for school-related situations.

Helping Your Student Succeed

  • Be involved in your student’s education.
  • Ask Questions of your child and the school. When in doubt call the ESOL teacher.
  • Make school and schoolwork a priority.
  • Encourage your child to become involved in after-school activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Natalie French
English for Speakers of Other Languages Director
515-633-5173

Brenda Daisy
English for Speakers of Other Languages Program Lead
515-633-5781

Joy Zuber
District Registrar
515-633-5101

Spanish Interpreters

Rosa Pagan
515-633-4070

Belen Warnemunde
515-633-4660

Abdiel Quiroga
515-633-5700

Click Here to view the ESL Programs and Personnel List divided by school building.

ESL Handbook 
Lau Plan (pdf)