Empire Gardens Elementary
Empire Gardens Elementary
English Learners Program

English Learner Programs and Support

English Learners (ELs) are students who speak a language other than English at home and are not yet fluent in English.  When a student enters school, parents complete the Home Language Survey.  If a language other than English is indicated on the survey, state tests are used to determine whether a student is designated an English Learner or is already fluent in English.

Structured English Immersion (SEI):

Structured English Immersion (SEI) is a program for all students that incorporates strategies for developing English while learning academics.  Teachers have credentials for working with English Learners and incorporate the development of English language throughout the day.  Instruction is entirely in English. ELs in the SEI program receive 45 minutes of structured ELD daily.

English Language Development (ELD):

Classes are regrouped, and students learn English with their peers who are at a similar language level for 45 minutes of structured ELD each day.  Students are provided many opportunities to talk, listen, read, and write in English through engaging thematic units.


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