English Language Learners (ELL)

Bilingual Education

Our Bilingual Education program helps students learn English by supporting them in their native language. Classes are taught by certified teachers. Our program currently supports students whose native language is Spanish or Vietnamese.

Students in the bilingual program:

  • develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English

  • master the state curriculum or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

  • build self-confidence

  • celebrate their cultural heritage

Spanish bilingual program

Students spend the entire school day in a bilingual classroom where they are taught both in Spanish and English.

Students learn the same skills and subjects as students in the general education program. They are taught a balanced curriculum that includes language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, music, physical education and art.

Vietnamese bilingual program

Students in kindergarten through third grade

Students leave their normal classrooms for 50 minutes during the day to participate in the Bilingual Cultural Heritage Program (BCHP). This occurs 2-3 days out of the week. Teachers reinforce listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with Vietnamese literature, culture and history.

The BCHP program is offered at:

  • Abbett
  • Armstrong
  • Back
  • Cooper
  • Davis
  • Ethridge
  • Hickman
  • Lister
  • Sewell
  • Spring Creek

Enrollment

Students who qualify for the Bilingual program are identified through the enrollment process and invited to participate. Parents decide whether their child participates in the Bilingual program.

Get Involved

The Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) helps determine how students will be taught. Visit our volunteer page to find out how to participate in this and other related committees.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program supports students who:

  • speak or hear a language other than English at home

  • do not speak or understand enough English to succeed in English-only classrooms

The ESL program helps students develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English so they can be successful in all academic subjects. Lessons are taught in English by a state-certified teacher who is trained in working with language differences. These teachers use proven methods and state-adopted ESL materials to meet the needs of students and help them learn.

What do students learn?

The TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do at every grade and in every subject area. All students are required to receive instruction based on the TEKS. This includes ESL students.

Students in the ESL program learn the same skills and subjects as students in the general education program. They are taught a balanced curriculum that includes language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, music, physical education and art.

Enrollment

Students who qualify for the ESL program are identified through the enrollment process.

Newcomer ESL Program

High school students that are coming to our district from another country may be enrolled in the Newcomer ESL Program. Memorial Pathway Academy is a non-traditional high school where students in this program can learn English in a smaller classroom setting prior to enrolling in one of our traditional high schools.

In addition to learning math, science, social studies, English, and computer technology, students may have the opportunity to attend dances, traditional American holiday celebrations, and occasional field trips to learn about American culture.  Students also attend dances and celebrations that feature and celebrate their own culture so that all students and staff may learn and experience new cultures.