English as a Second Language(ESL)
The goal of Little Cypress-Mauriceville C.I.S.D.’s ESL Program is to develop English social language proficiency and English academic language proficiency so that English Language Learners (ELLs) can function independently in the mainstream classroom. To this end, all instruction is conducted in English. A standards-based curriculum is used for all English language learners (ELLs) and is implemented through Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol.
The English as a Second Language Program is an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition in the English language as well as systematic development of academic language. Instruction in English as a second language is aligned with the student's level of English proficiency and his or her level of academic achievement. The district modifies the instruction, pacing, and materials to ensure that limited English proficient students have a full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum. The district employs the sheltered instruction observational protocol approach to ESL instruction by trained teachers at the elementary and secondary levels.
How ELL students’ needs are addressed.
* Affective. Limited English proficient students are provided instruction using second language methods in English to introduce basic concepts of the school environment which instills confidence, self-assurance, and a positive identity with their cultural heritages. The program also addresses the history and cultural heritage associated with both the students' home language and the United States.
* Linguistic. Limited English proficient students are provided intensive instruction to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language. The instruction in academic content areas is structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher order thinking skills.
* Cognitive. Limited English proficient students are provided instruction in English in mathematics, science, health, and social studies using second language methods. The instruction in academic content areas is structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher order thinking skills.