English Language Learners

ELL Director

Bonnie Baer-Simahk

Baer-simahkb@fitchburg.k12.ma.us


Principal Secretary

Jacqueline Ozores

ozoresj@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

Office of English Language Acquisition

Fitchburg Public Schools - Central Office

376 South Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Telephone: (978) 345-3200

Fax: (978) 343-2129

Programming for English Language Learners

The Fitchburg Public Schools provide Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) programming to English language learners at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Students develop proficiency in reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening, while they participate in general education classes. The SEI program, consists of two components: Sheltered Content Instruction, and English as a Second Language.

  • Sheltered Content Instruction

Sheltered content instruction is intended to make instruction in academic content areas, delivered in English, more comprehensible to English language learners as they grow in English proficiency. It is provided by general education teachers, trained in the specialized techniques and strategies associated with sheltered content instruction.

  • English as a Second Language

ESL instruction is designed to help English language learners “catch up” to their classmates in academic content by learning English as quickly as possible. ESL instruction specifically addresses the language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the Common Core Standards.

In ESL and in other classes, instruction of English language learners is delivered according to World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards, with a focus on the development of English language proficiency in the context of core content areas.


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CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING

http://www.wida.us/

OTHER HELPFUL SITES

http://www.colorincolorado.org/

http://crede.berkeley.edu/

http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/

http://www.matsol.org/

http://www.tesol.org/

http://www.todos-math.org/