English for Speakers of Other Languages
At WDMCS, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is 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.
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 for Speakers of Other Languages—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 ESOL Services
If a parent/guardian wishes to waive ESOL services, a 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.