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En Español
 
English as a Second Language (ESL) is an instructional model to help English Learners (ELs) do just that—learn English. It comprises a variety of instructional strategies and techniques to develop proficiency in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Ten ESL teachers and nine ESL tutors serve our district, providing instruction in the basics, for those who speak little or no English, as well as more advanced lessons for those who speak more English. Approximately two dozen classroom teachers are also trained in the SIOP method of sheltered content instruction to better support beginning and intermediate level ELLs in grades 1 through 8.
 

 English Language Learners

Our population of English Learners (formerly called Limited English Proficient students or LEPs) continues to grow. In 2004, the number of students served by our program was 62. In 2012, we began the school year with 325 ELs. This year we are serving approximately 650. They attend all six of our schools from preschool through the 12th grade.

They come from many different countries, including Benin, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Micronesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Vietnam. Many of them were actually born in the United States but live in homes where languages other than English are spoken. A little over half of them speak Spanish, while the remainder speak some 25 different languages, including Nepali, French, Twi, and Pohnpeian. Some of them speak English with a high degree of proficiency; others are just learning the basics.

Research shows that it takes second language learners two to three years to learn basic interpersonal communicative skills (BICS) and five to seven years to achieve cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) if they have had two to three years of first language schooling in their native country (Jim Cummins, 1981). If the student has not had schooling in his/her first language, it can take seven to ten years or more to attain CALP (Virginia Collier, 1995).

Our mission is to provide English Learners with high-quality instruction in the English language (ESL), sheltered instruction in the mainstream classroom, and appropriate modifications and accommodations in all classes, so that they may develop the second language skills necessary to successfully achieve academically and socially in the United States.

For more information on the Winton Woods City Schools' Plan for English Language Learners, including entering and exiting the ESL program, click http://www.wintonwoods.org/content2/1428   

 


ESL STAFF

The district employs eight ESL teachers and eight ESL tutors. One of the teachers, Mr. Giblin, also serves as the District ESL Coordinator.

 
ESL COORDINATOR

Gary Giblin (WWMS)

giblin.gary@wintonwoods.org

ESL TEACHERS

Mimi Alloway (WWES)
alloway.mimi@wintonwoods.org
 
Brandon Booth (WWHS)
booth.brandon@wintonwoods.org

Lisa Giblin
 
Kimaya Hudgins (WWHS)
 
Kelly Kennedy (WWPN)
kennedy.kelly@wintonwoods.org


Heather Mack
 
Katie Padilla (WWPS)
padilla.kathyrn@wintonwoods.org
 
Heather Ralphes
ralphes.heather@wintonwoods.org

   Nadia Saunders (WWIS)
saunders.nadia@wintonwoods.org
 
Sheena Schwarz
ESL TUTORS
 
Agnes Boateng (WWIS)
 
Ellen Gill
 
Kevin Gill (WWHS)

Sunitha Jakkula (WWPN)
 
Rita Kinley (WWPS)

Melvin Levett (WWES)
 
Xenia Ramos (WWPN)
 
Kimberly Tenai (WWHS)
 
Art Wilson (WWHS)
 
 

 
To view forms for this department, please see the Teacher/Administrator Resource page.

 

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