Penn - Harris - Madison School Corporation

English as a New Language (ENL)

The ENL program serves all students whose first language is not English. Upon enrollment in U.S. schools, students complete a Home Language Survey (HLS) to indicate their native language. If English is not the native language of the student a language assessment is completed. Indiana utilizes the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 assessment to determine fluency. If a student has obtained a fluent score from a previous school, we encourage parents to present this information at the time of registration.

Services at Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M):

ENL services are provided in all P-H-M schools.

An Individual Learning Plan is developed for each limited English proficient student. This document outlines specific accommodations and modifications appropriate for all classroom instruction.

Elementary students are serviced through sheltered classroom instruction, push-in/pull-out services, and weekly participation in excELL Kids. Collaboration occurs between the mainstream teacher(s) and ENL staff to address areas of focus.

Middle school students are serviced through sheltered content area instruction and ELD (English Language Development) course each week. These services are presented according to the language level of the student. Additionally, the WIDA Standards are utilized.

High school students are enrolled in the ENL Strategies class and/or the ENL Lab. These classes are multidisciplinary courses that provide opportunities to develop basic skills in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Additionally, WIDA standards are addressed.

Facts: 2019-2020

  • 997 students speak a language other than English in the home
  • 71 different languages spoken by ENL students
  • 245 limited English proficient (LEP) students receiving ENL services