Learning and Leadership Services
Learning and Leadership Services
Curriculum & Instruction - English as a Second Language: An Overview
English as a Second Language or ESL is intensive English language instruction by teachers trained in recognizing and working with language differences.  State law requires school districts to provide ESL in elementary school when there are fewer than 20 limited English proficient (LEP) students of the same language enrolled in the same grade in the district and in middle school and high school when there are LEP students enrolled. An ESL program provides intensive instruction that develops oral and written comprehension and reading and writing in English. It also uses the academic and cultural experience of the student as a platform to provide the appropriate instruction in English.  An ESL program teaches mathematics, science, and social studies using strategies and methodologies appropriate for second language acquisition. The purpose of the English as a Second Language Program is to help students develop competence in English.  It also prepares the student to be successful in all academic subjects.   The ESL program serves students who speak or hear a language other than English in their home and who have difficulty in English. In the Seguin ISD, ESL programs are provided to eligible middle school and high school students.  Included below are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions parents have regarding the ESL Program. Will my child be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as students in the regular program?
  • YES!   All students in ESL must receive instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in English using strategies and methodologies appropriate for them.
  • YES!   Language arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are taught as part of the state mandated curriculum.
  • YES!   Music, Physical Education, Health, and art are also part of a balanced curriculum that students in the program are required to receive.
Who is responsible for teaching in an ESL Program?
  • Teachers, who are specially trained, tested, and certified to teach ESL programs meet the special language needs of these students.
How can parents become involved in the ESL  Program?
  • Parents can volunteer for classroom activities.
  • Parents can encourage their child to achieve, provide a place to study, and show interest in schoolwork.
  • Parents can ask their child’s teacher or principal about becoming a member of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) that determines how students will be taught.