English as Second Language ESL
Harmony Public Schools (HPS) follow the state law TAC §89.1201 and identify Emergent Bilinguals (EB) /English learners (EL) and provide them a full opportunity to participate in an English as a Second Language programs (ESL) program, as required in the TEC, Chapter 29, Subchapter B.
To ensure equal educational opportunity, as required in the TEC, §1.002(a), HPS:
(1) Identify EB/EL s based on criteria established by the state;
(2) Provide bilingual education/English as a Second Language programs, as integral parts of the regular program as described in the TEC, §4.002;
(3) Seek certified teaching personnel to ensure that EB/ELs are afforded full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills required by the state; and
(4) Assess achievement for essential knowledge and skills in accordance with the TEC, Chapter 39, to ensure accountability for EB/ELs and the schools that serve them.
It is the mission of the ESL program in HPS to provide EB/ELs with second language instruction that will promote English language development and enable them to participate equitably in both social and academic settings.
It is the vision of the ESL program in HPS to equip the EB/ELs with the language skills and strategies that will help them become productive, successful and responsible members of society.
The goal of ESL Program is to enable EB/ELs to become competent in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Through the use of communicative and integrative methods of second language teaching the program focuses on mastery of English language skills. In addition, the program emphasizes mastery in the content areas of ELA, mathematics, science and social studies. All content area teachers adhere to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to provide the necessary support to EB/ELs to acquire the specific content. There are two types of instructional design options in the program; content based and pull out.
Other helpful Resources
Here are some fun and educational sites that can help support your child's love and learning of reading
https://www.txel.org/ is an online site with brochures, curriculum, resources, and information on Bilingual/ESL education.
Colorin colorado -A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
Scholastic Parents Raising Readers & Learners is a free online parent resource center with news, articles, and videos to support literacy in the home.
International Children’s Digital Library is a digital library of books in multiple languages.
Tumble Book Library is a free online collection of educational magazine talking picture books.
Click on this link if you want to play phonics games and read stories.
Click this site to practice reading skills while playing fun games.