ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
PROGRAM FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (LEPs)
The Duplin County School’s Limited English Proficient (LEP) Program is designed to provide intensive English language development services to non-English and limited English speaking students using:
- English as Second Language (ESL) teaching methods in ESL, immersion classes, and
- Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English/SDAIE (or “sheltered’) SIOP teaching methods in self-contained, core and content classes, as indicated in the PROGRAM DESCRIPTION found in our ESL PLAN.
The program enables students to gain competency in English (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and to progress academically through school to meet all graduation requirements. The overall goals of this program are:
- To prepare limited English proficient students (LEPs) to become productive citizens in our schools and communities.
- To provide for the effective participation of all LEPs in the educational programs of the Duplin County Public School System.
- To enable LEPs to gain competency in English (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and academic vocabulary) and to progress academically through school to meet all graduation requirements.
- To effectively teach English to LEP students, as well as content area concepts and language, and to move them successfully into the mainstream educational program within a reasonable length of time.
- To provide LEPs in core and in all content areas or self-contained classes effective instructional opportunities for the acquisition of academic concepts and academic vocabulary, as well as academic achievement.
- To provide opportunities to LEPs for personal, linguistic, academic and emotional growth.
- To ensure that LEPs are given the opportunity to compete on an equal footing with their English-speaking peers.
The Duplin County Public School System believes that all children must have an equal opportunity to develop their potential, regardless of their national origin or their home language.
The student’s perception of educators’ attitudes toward his/her language and culture is as significant as the cognitive/academic proficiency in English to reaching her/his potential in our schools. It is the responsibility of the Duplin County Public School System to ensure that the limited English proficient (LEP) student in the school system receives an education in an environment that is accepting and respectful to a multilingual, multicultural student population.
- To increase each LEP student’s proficiency in English (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and academic vocabulary)as quickly as possible so that the student can function successfully in classes where English is the language of instruction.
- To ensure that all LEP students achieve proficiency in the English language adequate for their effective participation in the mainstream education program.
- To increase the LEP student’s knowledge of U. S. history, culture, and customs.
- To increase the LEP student’s language and social skills necessary for adapting to American society.
- To increase the number of mainstream content area teaching staff trained in the latest methodology.
- To ensure full participation of all LEP students in the ESL program as well as in the mainstream program.
- To increase the training opportunities for LEP parents.