English Language Development Programs
The goal of each of the district’s English language development programs is to help students learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation. Each program identifies the educational strengths and needs of the student, using research-based instructional methods. Students remain in the program until able to successfully transition to a full day schedule that is not tailored for English language learners.
The MISD Bilingual Program provides instruction in the student’s first language to those whose first language is Spanish. Students in Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade who speak or hear Spanish in their home and may have difficulty in English may be eligible.
Bilingual education and English as a Second Language programs are integral parts of the total school program. Such programs use instructional approaches designed to meet the special needs of English language learners.
The goal of the bilingual education program is to enable English language learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language.
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to provide English instruction to second language learners. Students in pre-kindergarten through high school who speak or hear a language other than English in their home and who have difficulty in English may be eligible.
The ESL program emphasizes mastery of English language skills to enable students to communicate effectively and therefore, participate equitably in school. Integrating language and literacy skills across the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to acquire a high level of literacy and fluency in English while continuing to develop their native language. The ultimate goal of the ESL program is for students to participate successfully in the mainstream curriculum while becoming independent and creative thinkers in an increasingly complex society.
The ESL program provides instruction that develops oral and written comprehension and reading and writing in English. An ESL program uses the academic and cultural experiences of the student as a platform to provide the appropriate instruction in English. As the ESL student develops competence in English, he/she becomes more successful in all academic subjects.