Middletown City School District serves around 300 English Language Learners (ELLs) from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Although the majority of our ELLs come from homes where Spanish is the dominant language, we also have students that speak a variety of other languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, and Gujarati.
All ELLs participate in mainstream classes along with their native speaking peers. Every classroom teacher, as well as all administrators, receive SIOP (Sheltered Immersion Observation Protocol) training in the use of effective strategies and techniques that facilitate second language acquisition.
ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction focuses on improving reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in order to help ELLs attain English language proficiency and succeed academically. ESL instruction is provided by certified tutors using National Geographic’s researched-based curriculum. Students are placed in ESL classes based on their English language proficiency levels. All tutors hold a current teaching license in education. We currently have:
- two full time tutors serving Wildwood Elementary
- one full time and one part time tutor serving Rosa Parks Elementary
- two part time tutors serving Amanda, Central, Creekview, Miller Ridge, and Mayfield
- one part time tutor serving the Highview 6th Grade Center
- one full time and one part time tutor serving the Middle School
- one full time tutor serving the High School.
Newcomers receive additional support with a focus on basic literacy skills as well as acclimation to US schools and culture. Because we have so many students that are beginners in the Middle School, we also offer in-class academic support through certified teachers/tutors in some content classes. At the High School in addition the Newcomer’s class and ESL instruction, we offer English I classes specifically designed for beginning and low intermediate ELLs.
Middletown City Schools’ ELL Parent Liaison helps support ELLs and their families.