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 the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Twelve ESL teachers and 14 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 ELs in grades 1 through 8.
Our population of English Learners 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 900 active EL students and monitoring the progress of nearly 200 former ELs. These students attend school at all three of our campuses, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
They come from many different countries throughout the world. These include: Benin, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Many of the students were actually born in the United States but live in homes where languages other than English are spoken. About 65% speak Spanish and 7% speak Nepali, while the remainder speak over 20 different languages, including French, Twi, Fulani, Awakateko, Swahili and Pohnpeian. Some of them speak English with a high degree of proficiency; others are just beginning to learn 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 of every background and proficiency level with high-quality instruction in the acquisition of English as a second language (ESL) and sheltered instruction in the mainstream classroom, with appropriate modifications and accommodations to ensure that they develop the English language skills necessary to succeed 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 here.
The district employs 13 TESOL-endorsed/licensed teachers to teach ESL content following the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards and 16 ESL tutors and assistants who work with the ESL teachers to support English Learners' development of English proficiency.
One of the teachers, Mr. Giblin, also serves as the District ESL Program Coordinator.
Melinda Anderson (South Campus, grades 1-2)
Agnes Boateng (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Kristina Deal (North Campus, grades 9-12; ESL Facilitator)
Lisa Giblin (North Campus, grades 7-8)
Micki Hauer (South Campus, grades 1-2)
John Miracle (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Erica Salcedo (South Campus, grades 3-4)
Maggie Thaxton (South Campus, grades 5-6)
Rose Yang (North Campus, grades 9-12)
ESL TUTORS and ASSISTANTS
Astrid Aviles (North Campus, grades 7-8)
Claudia Aviles (North Campus, grades 7-8)
Suzie Bonno (South Campus, grades 5-6)
Danielle D'Arcy (South Campus, grades 5-6)
Ramata Dia (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Jenny Hardy (South Campus, grades 3-4)
JoJo Holland (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Sunitha Jakkula (Early Childhood Campus, grade K)
Nupur Khanna (Early Childhood Campus, grade K)
Rita Kinley (Project Success)
Melvin Levett (South Campus, grades 1-2)
Jessica Menez (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Michaela Noel (South Campus, grades 1-2)
Melissa Shorter (South Campus, grades 1-2)
Kimberly Tenai (North Campus, grades 9-12)
Daycy Walker (North Campus, grades 9-12)