English Learners (EL)
An English Learner (EL) refers to a student whose dominant language is something other than English. As a student, an EL is an active learner of the English language, but their current level of English language proficiency is not sufficient to assure an equal educational opportunity in a general education setting without additional supports.
East Hartford High School celebrates the diversity of all of its students. In order to support our English Learners (ELs), there are numerous classes and supports for the development of academic content knowledge and English Language acquisition.
ELs are accurately placed in classes and provided supports based upon their performance on the LAS Links English Language Proficiency test. This test assesses the academic and social language skills of ELs across each language domain- listening, speaking, reading and writing.
ESL classes are provided to all identified ELs based upon their level of English language proficiency. There are ESL classes for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced level ELs. ESL classes function to support the development of the English Language and communication and literacy skills, so students can be successful in social and academic settings.
Study Skills classes serve many different purposes depending on the needs of the EL. Study Skills can be an intervention, provide enrichment, provide additional instruction in English or it can be an academic support. Study Skills also serves as a bilingual support for our large Spanish speaking population; students can receive extra assistance in their class work, homework, and class projects in English and/or Spanish with the support of bilingual tutors.
The Sheltered EL team, Team Aspire, is a structured, organized support for New Arrivals and students with low levels of English language proficiency. While on the team, ELs are provided the same content instruction as their native speaking peers, but instruction is at their level of English language proficiency. The goals of the program include: the mastery of academic content, development of English and the development of strategies and awareness of resources that will help ELs be successful in mainstream classes. As students progress in their level of English language proficiency, they transition from sheltered classes to mainstream content classes with the support of the classroom teacher, study skills classes and with support of bilingual tutors.