The English for Speakers of Other Languages program at Groves High School serves all students who are learning English as a foreign language. Each new student whose parents or guardians indicate a home language other than English is screened for English fluency to determine placement in the program. Our current student population represents 15 different countries and speaks 10 different languages.
ESOL instruction addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed for academic achievement in language arts, math, social studies, science, and social interaction. In addition, students are introduced to American cultural concepts needed for school success while they are encouraged to value their first language and culture.
The responsibility for the whole education, both in language and academic content, is shared by regular classroom teachers and English language assistance teachers alike. English instruction takes place in an ESOL classroom and in sheltered English classes. This program enables the English Language Learner (ELL) to become successful in the mainstream classroom, the schools, and the community.
ESOL eligible students are tested annually to measure students’ progress from year to year and to determine when they no longer need language instruction and assistance. Once ready to exit language assistance services, students are monitored for a two-year period to assure continuation of academic and language progress.