Upper Merion Area School District, English as a Second Language (ESL)Program K -12 DescriptionMission Statement for English Language Development (ELD):
The mission of the English Language Development (ELD) Program in the Upper Merion Area School District (UMASD) is to provide support and instruction in English language to enable English Learners (ELs) to become successful in the classroom and the community.Program Design:
The Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) is designed to provide English Learners (ELs) with English Language Development (ELD) instruction based on language proficiency levels, the Pennsylvnia English Language Development Standards, WIDA CAN DO Descriptors, Pennsylvania Core Standards, and Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Language instruction is provided by a qualified ESL Teacher and focuses upon needs in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language instruction is modified and adapted based on language proficiency levels. ELs participate in content area instruction where accommodations and/or modifications are determined and provided as a result of collaboration between the content area teacher and ESL Teacher. Based upon need, ELs have access to additional supports such as tiered interventions in literacy and mathematics, Special Education, and Gifted Support. ELs are included in special activities, such as field trips, assemblies, and school celebrations. They can also participate in extracurricular activities. In High School, ELs also have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement Courses, participate in dual enrollment opportunities, and attend the Central Montco Technical High School.
Last Modified on August 12, 2019