English as a Second Language Program

English as a Second Language (ESL)



Goals of ESL

The goal of the ESL program is to develop English language proficiency using second language methodology through explicit instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all academic areas.


Description of ESL Program

English as a Second Language (ESL) is an intensive instructional program designed to develop proficiency in the comprehension, listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. All instruction is provided in English and utilizes the TEKS and the ELPS for the cultivation of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.


Program Eligibility

School districts in Texas are required by state law to assess the English language proficiency of all students whose Home Language Survey indicates that the home language is a language other than English.

If a child demonstrates limited English proficiency on the assessment, s/he will be eligible for enrollment in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The goal of the ESL program is to enable English language learners to become competent in the understanding, reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in grade level content areas.


Elementary ESL

The ESL program for kindergarten through fifth grade is offered as a content-based model of English-only instruction based on the student’s individual language level. Students are placed with self-contained teachers who are ESL certified. ELL students also attend a daily ESL class period.


Jr. High ESL

The Junior High campus in Liberty Hill ISD has a combination ESL Pull-out/ Content Based Program. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program in grades 7-8, is an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. Students are enrolled with an ESL certified Language Arts teacher where they learn functional, social and academic language to communicate in different settings. All other content area teachers serving ESL students are either ESL certified or use sheltered instruction strategies to help students understand content and develop academic language in the areas of Math, Science, and Social Studies. ELL students have an ESL period built into their schedules. All courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). [See 19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f).]


High School ESL

The high school campus in Liberty Hill ISD has an English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program in addition to a combination ESL Pull-out/ Content Based Program.The English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) high school program, is an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language.All other content area teachers serving ESL students are ESL certified or use sheltered instruction strategies to help students understand content and develop academic language in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. All courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). [See 19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f).]


ELL Staff


District Coordinator
Candy Tijerina

512-260-5576

ctijernia@libertyhill.txed.net

Liberty Hill Elementary Campus
Karen Escamilla

512-515-6514

kescamilla@libertyhill.txed.net

Bill Burden Elementary
Christopher Cormack

512-260-4400

ccormack@libertyhill.txed.net

Rancho Sienna Elementary
Leticia Lankford

512-260-4450

llanckford@libertyhill.txed.net

Intermediate Campus
Lisa Truax

512-379-3200

ltruax@libertyhill.txed.net

Jr. High Campus
Joe Bolin

512-379-3300

jbolin@libertyhill.txed.net


High School Campus

Terri Michener

512-260-5500

tmichener@libertyhill.txed.net

 

Parent & Community Resources for English Language Learners


 Limited Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Framework


ESL/Bilingual Law

Chapter 89: Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students