About The Language Support Office
The Language Support Office of Lynn Public Schools serves English Learners (ELs) in the Lynn Public Schools by facilitating comprehensive English language education and services. Lynn Public Schools offers a variety of learning environments to meet the needs of the ELs in our school district.
This learning environment provides sheltered content instruction and ESL support. In these classrooms students will:
- Develop skills in grade-level academic content aligned with state standards
- Receive sheltered content instruction with appropriate English language scaffolds
- Receive ESL instruction from a certified ESL specialist or interventionist
Sheltered English Immersion Program (SEI)
This learning environment with a with a Dually Certified teacher provides intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and sheltered content instruction at the middle and high school levels. In this program, students will:
- Develop English and grade-level academic content aligned with state standards
- Receive ESL instruction from a dually certified teacher or ESL interventionist
This program provides students who have limited formal schooling and Level 1 English proficiency (as determined by their achievement on WIDA language assessments and parent/student interviews) instruction in English, basic skills and integration into school life. The Newcomer Program is offered at both the middle school and high school levels. Students in this program will:
- Develop social and academic language skills in English
- Develop foundational skills in content courses
Develop study skills appropriate for success in US schools
Lynn Public Schools identifies ELs so they can receive instruction designed to assist them in learning English and subject matter content. Parents and guardians participate in the decision-making process relative to the type of program the identified EL will receive. Lynn Public Schools uses the following process for determining whether a newly enrolled student is an EL:
- Home language survey to all newly enrolling students.
- English proficiency assessment
- Parental notification and input
Students take the DESE-approved ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 language proficiency test annually. The purpose of the exam is to monitor student progress in English language proficiency in all four domains of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This exam, together with performance on other state and local exams, academic performance, and teacher recommendation, serves as a criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained language proficiency comparable to that of their English-proficient peers. Once students exit the program, they are designated as Former English Learners (FEL) and are monitored for an additional four years.