Welcome to the English as a Second Language Program
The ESL program in Birmingham city offers a combination of self-contained services, push-in services and pull-out services for all English Learners (ELs). In addition, support services are provided to all classroom teachers by means of professional development within and outside the school. 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.
Currently, over 1100 English Learners are enrolled in Birmingham City Schools and they are served by 18 teachers and 8 ESL paraprofessionals.