The goal of the ESOL program is to help the English Language Learners to learn enough English to function linguistically and culturally in the Somerset County Public Schools and in the mainstream of American Society.
The mission of the ESOL Instructional team is to provide a high quality instructional program for all ESOL students in grades pre-K through 12 by developing a standards based English language acquisition curriculum and providing instructional support to ESOL teachers and other SCPS staff.
The curriculum is based on state and district standards for the language and literacy development of English language learners. It is also based on research that supports learning language through academic content.
Emphasis is placed on developing language in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, using methods specifically designed for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students are given opportunities to practice and apply language through interaction with adults and peers, hands-on learning experiences, and activities that promote critical-thinking.