The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the Roosevelt UFSD School is to support the overall language development of all English Language Learners. Based on individual student need, our ESL program employs various instructional methods for students of all English language proficiency levels. English language instruction balances listening and speaking, reading and writing, as well as cognitive and academic development.
The Dual Language Program
Is a challenging academic program designed to provide instruction to students in two languages—English and Spanish. The goal is to develop literacy in both languages. The program is currently offered in Washington Rose Elementary School.
Each of the dual-language classrooms is comprised of approximately half Spanish-speaking and half English-speaking students. Approximately 50 percent of the curriculum is taught in each language. Reading and writing skills are taught entirely in the student’s primary language until the student develops basic proficiency.
Languages Other Than English
Provides students with the opportunity to study and appreciate the language and culture of other countries and to broaden their personal and cultural perspectives. Within an interactive environment, students develop communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French or Spanish. Our program has as its primary goal the preparation of students to function independently, spontaneously and comprehensibly in the language. Students are supported to develop a curiosity about how languages work and an appreciation for them. To accomplish these tasks, students gain more competence and confidence in the use of increasingly complex functions of language, incorporating higher level skills in writing, reading, listening, speaking, and cultural understanding.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." -- Nelson Mandela