English as Second Language (ESL)

The mission of the PTAA English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to assist non-native speakers of English in acquiring sufficient language proficiency and independent/scientifically-based learning strategies to become successful participants in the community. The PTAA  ESL Program is committed to sustaining instructional excellence through collaborative professional support, continuous monitoring of the ESL Program curricula and student services, and integration of appropriate educational technology into learning and instruction. 

The PTAA English as a Second Language program (ESL) program helps students develop competency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing in English. The program provides educational experiences that will prepare the students to meet success in academics and the world of work. In addition, the nurturing of self-pride and self-identify in each student’s linguistic and cultural heritage is enhanced.

The ESL Program includes:

  • English language acquisition classes.
  • Instruction in academic content area classes with support and adaptations, as needed.
  • Annual state and school placement assessments to drive instruction.
  • Monitoring of ELLs in content classes and after exiting.
  • Involvement in specific career track
  • Student mentoring.