ESL Program

English as a Second Language

The Lower Dauphin School District offers a K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Program to eligible students. The goals of the program are:

-To provide an ESL program for English language learners whose first language is not English which promotes listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
-To enable our ELLs to mainstream into regular classroom environments at their appropriate grade level in all areas of instruction and learning, where instruction is conducted exclusively in English.
-To enable all of our ELLs to achieve academic proficiency in compliance with any and all applicable academic standards required of Lower Dauphin students.
-To achieve the required level of profiency on the annual measurement of English acquistion required by the state of Pennsylvania.

Students are identified for ESL (English as a Second Language) services using a home language survey that parents complete during the enrollment process, through the administration of an English language proficiency assessment, and through a review of academic records.

ESL instruction may be delivered through pullout instruction, co-teaching models, or in class support depending on student needs.  Instruction and assessment are adjusted to meet the needs of the individual student.

During the enrollment process, district staff meets with the potential ELL student and his/her parents for an orientation and to administer an English language proficiency assessment  . Intepretation and translation are made available for parents/students to make sure the school program is understandable, to help with the student's adjustment, and to help parents with assistance in the school if needed.

Once an ELL student is enrolled, the Lower Dauphin School District encourages parental support and involvement in school activities. Students are encouraged to participate in activities provided by the district. Band, chorus, student government and athletics are examples of activities in which ELL students may be involved.  An underlying objective of the ESL program is to provide a source of support as the student seeks to understand and adapt to his or her new cultural and academic setting. ESL and classroom teachers work together to develop an appreciation of their students’ strengths within the school setting and to ensure full access to the range of educational opportunities available in the Lower Dauphin School District. Throughout the school year, our ESL teachers consult with other staff members who work with our ELL students.

 ELL students are assessed at least annually to determine eligibility for exit from services. Exit is based on performance on the annual language proficiency assessment, performance on district benchmark assessments, and on performance on annual state achievement assessments (PSSA/Keystones). Exited students are monitored for two years by ESL staff in collaboration with content teachers.

For questions regarding our ESL program at Lower Dauphin School District, please contact Melanie Shaver-Durham at mshaver@ldsd.org or at (717) 566-5300.