Jeffco has approximately 8,000 English Language Learners. Together, they represent 100 different languages!
The research of respected linguists such as Dr. Jim Cummins, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, shows that it takes from 5 to 7 (or more) years to reach proficiency in a second or other language. This awareness makes us understand the vast range of English acquisition levels that our language learners in Jeffco demonstrate. With this range in mind, the ESL teacher strives to meet the needs of English Language Learners who enter the classroom with limited English language skills to those who have developed some degree of proficiency, but are not yet fluent in English.
ESL teachers work with students and teachers to provide support and instructional strategies to foster the acquisition of English for our language learners. Incorporating the Four Domains of Language (Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing) in all content areas facilitates that acquisition. Jeffco’s ESL Program ensures access to a viable and equitable education for our English language learners.