NC State Refugee Program Advisory Council
Grant: Refugee School Impact (SI)
The Guilford County Schools ESL Department is committed to helping English language learners acquire the necessary language skills to succeed, not only in school, but in life as well. We believe every student has the potential to become a productive and valuable member of our community. Guilford County Schools (GCS) serves a diverse population of students. There are more than 118 languages spoken in classrooms throughout the district. Among the top ten languages are Spanish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic and French. There are more than 142 student cultural and ethnic groups represented in our district. Guilford County School district provides an alternative program for its limited English proficient students, or English Language Learners (ELLs).
The program model is English as a Second Language (ESL) model. In the ESL model, the language of instruction is English. The native language of the child is used only for clarification and not for instruction. Since there is a variety of languages represented in the district, this model is more appropriate than a bilingual model. However, the district always remains open to exploring other program models to serve its ELLs. Annual program review and evaluation provide an opportunity to revisit the present program model and its effectiveness and to make changes when needed. The ESL classes for grades K-12 are organized into five possible language proficiency levels: Level I (Entering), Level II (Emerging), Level III (Developing), Level IV (Expanding), Level V (Bridging). By organizing ESL classes in this way the curriculum in ESL classes addresses the particular language needs for students at each level of language proficiency.