P-H-M’s English as a New Language (ENL) program serves all students whose first language is not English. The program has also been known as English as a Second Language (ESL), but the ENL title is more accurate and more commonly used.
Upon enrollment in U.S. schools, all students complete a Home Language Survey to indicate their native language. If English is not the student’s native language, a language assessment is completed. Indiana utilizes the LAS Links assessment (by CTB McGraw Hill) to determine fluency. If a student has obtained a fluent score from a previous school, it is helpful to present this at the time of registration.
ENL services are provided in all P-H-M schools. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is developed for each “limited English proficient” (LEP) student. This document outlines specific accommodations and modifications appropriate for all classroom instruction.
Elementary and middle school students are serviced through small group or individual tutoring sessions. These services are presented according to the language level of the student. Collaboration occurs between the mainstream teacher and ENL staff to address areas of focus. Additionally, WIDA’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards and Language Assessment Scale (LAS) standards are utilized.
High school students may enroll in the ENL Strategies class. This class (1655) is a multidisciplinary course that provides opportunities to develop basic skills in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Additionally, ELD and LAS standards are addressed.
Additional information can be found at the Indiana Department of Education’s webpage for English Learning and Migrant Education.
- At the elementary level (grades K-5), please contact Mrs. Cindy Tachman, phone (574) 259-7941, extension 53255. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) should direct questions about ENL services to their school guidance counselor.