Reaching Today's ESL Students
• Have regular classroom teachers collaborate with ESL counterparts to create lessons that help ESL students master the learning required by state standards.
• Focus in the classroom on project-based learning and small-group projects that call for the development of English language in areas from science to social studies.
• Provide aides in ESL classrooms who speak the most frequently occurring native languages of students in the district.
• Encourage regular classroom teachers—especially at the elementary level— to get certified in ESL as well.
• Use after-school activities, from yoga to art classes, to develop language and conversation in ESL students.
• Reach out to the parents of ESL students: offer after-school instruction in English for parents; host open-school nights with translators in the most commonly spoken languages; and send correspondence and report cards home in those languages.