At Chatsworth East, our primary language of instruction is English although we realise that not all students' mother tongue is the same. As such, we provide a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programme for students in Years 1 through 6. The main purpose of our programme is to assist students in their ability to access the curriculum independently.
Upon application to Chatsworth East, if we are informed or learn that a child's mother tongue is not English, or if their level is limited, our ESL Specialist will administer assessments to gain a better understanding of their development. Once assessments are complete, the school will decide if ESL placement is required.
Please note that if students are enrolled into the ESL Programme then they will not attend our Mandarin lessons.
The ESL Programme consists of what we refer to as both 'push-in' and 'pull-out' sessions. For pull-out sessions, students will work with the ESL Specialist in the ESL classroom in small groups, often in a 1-1 environment. Skills are worked on through a variety of activities in the four areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Lessons are planned, based on the needs of individual students. For example, a student may need more focus on conversational skills while another may be weak in reading comprehension.
The reading series used provides a variety of engaging and enriching activities that reinforce learning objectives. Examples of other learning activities include journal writing, book studies, mini-lessons on reading comprehension and grammar skills, discussion, reading fluency practice using the graded Lighthouse series and word games.
For push-in sessions, the ESL Specialist plans with classroom teachers to find suitable times to work with ESL students in the classroom environment, usually assisting with language arts or unit of inquiry activities. The goal is to assist in authentic learning activities so that the ESL student can move towards independence in English. The ESL teacher meets regularly with classroom teachers to discuss planning. These meetings keep the ESL teacher informed on planning and curriculum, while allowing him/her to make useful suggestions to the classroom teacher.
Students typically graduate from the ESL Programme at the end of a semester. This is determined through a variety of assessments and after consultation with the classroom teacher.
Ms. Gracia Abadesco
Learning Support Coordinator