What is an English Language Program?

  • The English Learner (EL) instructional program is designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. Student identification begins with the Home Language Survey (HLS). If the survey indicates a student might be language limited, the state of Indiana requires schools to check eligibility for language services. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test. All instruction is provided in English and utilizes the W.I.D.A Language Standards and an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP/ILP) for the cultivation of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.



What We Do

  • Our program helps Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and supports Fluent English Proficient (FEP) students master Indiana State Standards and W.I.D.A. Standards through focusing on the language domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The program aims to develop competence in the English language and to build a foundation that enables students to be successful in all academic subjects. Therefore, the program functions as a language support program for regular classroom teachers and a language enrichment program for EL students.

  • Magda Smith of EL Program and a PES Student

  • Parents and Guardians have an important role to play! Some of the best ways to help are:

    • Attend school functions
    • Encourage a child at home to achieve
    • Provide a quiet place to study
    • Show interest in schoolwork
    • Read daily to elementary school children
    • Be a life-long learner role-model
    • Review school work at home


Meet our Team

  • Teachers and assistants who are specifically trained and certified to teach in EL programs and classrooms to meet the special language needs of their students and classroom teachers share the responsibility of meeting EL students’ needs.

  • Pierceton Elementary
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