English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language is offered from kindergarten through Grade 12 in the Ramapo Central School District.  Based on the TESOL Standards for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, the ESL curriculum is designed to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with direct instruction in oral language development, reading/decoding, reading comprehension, writing mechanics, expository writing, listening comprehension, and background knowledge building through grade-level content units. 

ESL programming is designed to enable ELLs to acquire academic and language skills which will allow their success in general education.  Students are identified for ESL services through information provided by the parent(s)/guardian(s) during the registration process and the provision of the Language Assessment Battery (LAB-R).  Students are measured annually by the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), and these scores are used to determine a student’s proficiency level and continued participation in ESL programming. 

ESL services are provided to students in both whole-class and small-group settings, furthering the goal of students’ generalization of learned skills into general education.

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