ESL (English as a Second Language) Program

As part of the registration process for entry into Clearview, parents are asked to complete a Home Language Survey (HLS). The HLS may show that a language other than English or in addition to English is spoken at home. If this is the case, children are then screened by the ESL (English as Second Language) Program Specialist. A standardized assessment is used to determine if the student is eligible for ESL Services.

Parents are notified of the results. If a child is eligible, ESL Services are provided. If a child is not eligible, her progress is still monitored quarterly for 2 years.

The program is designed to provide English Language Learners (ELL) with Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) in English. These are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Children will acquire language in stages which are: Preproduction, Early Production, Speech Emergence, Intermediate Fluency or Advanced Fluency.

Additionally, students will be taught the Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills (CALPS) they need to function well with reading/writing both in their classrooms and on standardized tests.

Amount and frequency of services depend on student needs and staff availability.

Children are assessed annually for progress and to determine whether or not services should be continued or students should be exited from the program. Once again, even if exited, a student’s progress would be monitored for 2 years.