• Welcome to the English as a Second Language Program

    Welcome



    Program Description

    The ESL program in Birmingham City Schools offers a combination of services, push-in services, pull-out services, and electives for all English Learners (ELs). In addition, support services are provided to all classroom teachers by means of diverse professional development. Students are placed in the ESL program as a result of their performance on an English language proficiency test that evaluates their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. ESL services are provided to meet specific needs, depending upon the grade level and ability level of the individual students. The WIDA™ English Language Development Standards are used in combination with a variety of strategies and methodologies of ESL to teach English. Emphasis is placed upon the development of the four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.