Our English Learners (ELs) are students whose first or "home" language is something other than English. This makes these students multilingual learners. The majority of our English as a Second Language Program is implemented in the regular classroom with accommodations and strategies that are differentiated to individual needs. In addition to their regular classroom instruction, EL students have the benefit of one-on-one tutoring from our state-certified, highly-qualified ESL teacher in language instruction across the content areas. All students identified as EL or FEL (Former English Learner) have an Individual English Learning Plan (IELP) on file at their school and at the ESL teacher's office.
Teachers, school administrators, and other education professionals work together to provide services to these students to ensure their academic success. Parents are encouraged to be active participants in the education of their children through regular communication and opportunities for involvement.
All state-appropriated EL funds are used for services to these students and their families.
Believing that the success of English learners is a responsibility shared by all educators, we offer ongoing professional development to classroom teachers in strategies for meeting the needs of English learners in the mainstream classroom. In addition, the ESL teacher collaborates with regular classroom teachers to provide appropriate instruction and assessments for English language learners.
If you have questions regarding services to English language learners, please contact Ashley Harris (ESL Instructor) at 256-392-7421.
The Colbert County Schools EL Plan is available to view online (see menu on left), and also on file at each school and the central office.