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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Overview of the ESL program

Harmony Public Schools (HPS) follow the state law TAC §89.1201 and identify English Language Learners (ELLs) and provide them a full opportunity to participate in a ESL program, as required in the TEC, Chapter 29, Subchapter B.

 To ensure equal educational opportunity, as required in the TEC, §1.002(a), HPS:

(1) Identify ELLs based on criteria established by the state;

(2) Provide bilingual education/English as a Second Language programs, as integral parts of the regular program as described in the TEC, §4.002;

(3) Seek certified teaching personnel to ensure that ELLs are afforded full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills required by the state; and

(4) Assess achievement for essential knowledge and skills in accordance with the TEC, Chapter 39, to ensure accountability for ELLs and the schools that serve them.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the ESL program in HPS to provide ELLs with second language instruction that will promote English language development and enable them to participate equitably in both social and academic settings.

Vision Statement

It is the vision of the ESL program in HPS to equip the ELLs with the language skills and strategies that will help them become productive, successful and responsible members of society.

Program Information
The goal of ESL Program is to enable ELLs to become competent in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Through the use of communicative and integrative methods of second language teaching the program focuses on mastery of English language skills. In addition, the program emphasizes mastery in the content areas of ELA, mathematics, science and social studies. All content area teachers adhere to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to provide the necessary support to ELLs to acquire the specific content. There are two types of instructional design options in the program; content based and pull out.
  • In the content based option, an ESL certified full-time teacher provides supplementary instruction for all content area classes in a structured, non-threatening environment.
  • In the pull out option, ELLs spend part of the day in their mainstream classroom, and are pulled out for a portion of each day to receive specialized instruction by a certified ESL teacher in a small group setting.
  • K-3rd:
In their mainstream K-5 ELA classes, ELLs are instructed using Journeys textbooks. These books provide  instructional strategies for the teachers to use with their ELLs. Additionally, ELLs are supported through English Language Learner Leveled Readers.  

Student log-in information and password can be obtain from your child's ELA teacher.
  • 4-8th:
In supplemental ESL pull out instruction, 4th thru 8th grade ELLs are instructed using Inside textbooks. Students who have low scores in TELPAS reading , STAAR reading or NWEA MAP reading test are given placement test and placed on a book level based on their performance in the placement test.

  •  High school:
9th and 10th grade students with beginner and intermediate TELPAS reading scores take ESOL I and ESOL II using the Edge Fundamentals and level A books.
11th and 12th grade students will get English III/IV and will get ESOL lab if they are at beginner and intermediate proficiency levels at TELPAS reading

Digital Resources
  • Reading Eggs for K-2nd

 Reading Eggs is an online reading programs that make learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Students can access the website at home as well. They are expected to finish minimum four lessons per month. Parents can request log-in information and password from classroom teachers.

  • Istation for 3-5th 
Istation  is a comprehensive e-learning program which delivers individualized instruction complete with age-appropriate content for students. Parents can request log-in information from ELA teachers.

  • Study Island for 6-12th

Study Island is 

an online assessment instruction, practice, and reporting program to help students with STAAR test preparation and standards mastery.

Parents can request log-in information and password from ELA teachers.

Recommended Web Resources:

Texas English Language Learners Portal- is an online site with brochures, curriculum, resources, and information on Bilingual/ESL education.

Colorin colorado-A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
Scholastic Parents Raising Readers & Learners is a free online parent resource center with news, articles, and videos to support literacy in the home.

International Children’s Digital Library is a digital library of books in multiple languages.

Tumble Book Library is a free online collection of educational magazine talking picture books.