The Quakertown Community School District provides an English as a Second Language (ESL) program that fosters and develops language acquisition of all English Language Learners. The program strives to incorporate various instructional models such as push-in, pull-out, and content-area instruction and support.
The acquisition of a second language requires intense instruction in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is not a linear process, but instead involves multiple facets of proficiency and understanding.
Second language instruction in Quakertown strives to target individual students’ levels of proficiency based on data and observations, and provide challenges that foster academic growth. The lessons incorporate both academic objectives as well as language objectives that the student must meet.
Furthermore, collaboration between staff members is a crucial component of our students’ successes. ESL instruction is designed to supplement classroom instruction, and teachers need to work together to identify best practices to meet students’ needs.
Another critical feature of our program is the support provided for students who have recently exited the program. The ESL department of the Quakertown Community School District strives to maintain a focus and a network of support for these students as they make the difficult transition to the mainstream classroom. Therefore, we have a two year monitoring process to ensure the academic success of these students.
Most importantly, the ESL teachers of the district provide an environment of acceptance and comfort for students. The program allows students to work cooperatively, value others as individuals, and challenge themselves. The school district values the diverse and rich backgrounds of its students, and works hard to ease the transition into the culture of a new country, community, and school.
Finally, QCSD’s ESL program works hard to meet all requirements provided by the Department of Education, both at the federal and state level.
Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards
District Curriculum Coordinator