Harmony Public Schools (HPS) follow the state law TAC §89.1201 and identify English Language Learners (ELLs) and provide them a full opportunity to participate in a ESL program, as required in the TEC, Chapter 29, Subchapter B.
To ensure equal educational opportunity, as required in the TEC, §1.002(a), HPS:
(1) Identify ELLs based on criteria established by the state;
(2) Provide bilingual education/English as a Second Language programs, as integral parts of the regular program as described in the TEC, §4.002;
(3) Seek certified teaching personnel to ensure that ELLs are afforded full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills required by the state; and
(4) Assess achievement for essential knowledge and skills in accordance with the TEC, Chapter 39, to ensure accountability for ELLs and the schools that serve them.
It is the mission of the ESL program in HPS to provide ELLs with second language instruction that will promote English language development and enable them to participate equitably in both social and academic settings.
It is the vision of the ESL program in HPS to equip the ELLs with the language skills and strategies that will help them become productive, successful and responsible members of society.
The goal of ESL Program is to enable ELLs to become competent in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Through the use of communicative and integrative methods of second language teaching the program focuses on mastery of English language skills. In addition, the program emphasizes mastery in the content areas of ELA, mathematics, science and social studies. All content area teachers adhere to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to provide the necessary support to ELLs to acquire the specific content. There are two types of instructional design options in the program; content based and pull out.
In their mainstream K-5 ELA classes, ELLs are instructed using Journeys textbooks. These books provide instructional strategies for the teachers to use with their ELLs. Additionally, ELLs are supported through English Language Learner Leveled Readers.
Student log-in information and password can be obtain from your child's ELA teacher.
In supplemental ESL pull out instruction, 4th thru 8th grade ELLs are instructed using Inside textbooks. Students who have low scores in TELPAS reading , STAAR reading or NWEA MAP reading test are given placement test and placed on a book level based on their performance in the placement test.
9th and 10th grade students with beginner and intermediate TELPAS reading scores take ESOL I and ESOL II using the Edge Fundamentals and level A books.
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