All students whose registration information indicates that a language other than English is spoken at home are screened to determine their English language proficiency. A student who is identified as an English Learner is provided with an English Learner Education (ELE) program.
Our ELE program aims to help students learn English as quickly as possible, develop appropriate academic and social skills, and progress in all content areas.
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers provide focused language and literacy instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing, connected to grade level standards and expectations for content learning. Teachers work with a variety of English proficiency levels, cultural backgrounds and learning styles.
English Learners also receive support for content learning from classroom teachers who are trained to provide additional strategies and supports for English Learners at all levels of proficiency. Burlington Public Schools currently offers ELE program instruction at all schools, from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.