English as a Second Language




~ Scarlett Vespa

Welcome parents and students to ESL at Knollwood School!

ESL (English as a Second Language) is a state mandated support service provided to help English Language Learners (ELLs) gain the necessary skills needed to be successful in the mainstream classroom. ESL instruction focuses on developing English language proficiency in all four-language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, while differentiating instruction with comprehensive input and hands-on, audio-visual, and kinesthetic activities.

ESL teachers work closely with students’ classroom teachers to ensure all students’ needs are being met. ESL teachers pull out and/or push in to the classroom to help English Language Learners work on language development utilizing the Common Core and WIDA Standards in everyday instruction. The areas of daily instruction focus on different content areas such as Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as social and instructional language.
Classes meet in small groups using ESL methodologies to enhance students’ learning. It is the goal of the ESL program to give English Language Learners the opportunity to grasp the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the English language to be successful students and members of the community. We value students’ different ethnic backgrounds and offer opportunities for all students to feel unique and successful. It is our pleasure to service this diverse group of learners!
Check out the ESL Symbaloo page below. Here you can find helpful resources that can help you and your child strengthen their English skills. 

Happy Learning!

Miss Brennan, Ms. DiVincent & Mrs. Ramirez



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