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ESOL Program

Since the 1999 academic year, high school limited English speaking students have been provided the opportunity to attend the ESOL Center at Harford Technical High School. Students who elect to attend are provided comprehensive, but sheltered English language instruction, reading instruction, science, social studies, and mathematics sheltered curricular offerings. Similarly, these students are provided the opportunity to attend mainstream classes in the fine and practical arts, physical education. As their language proficiencies increase, students may also be mainstreamed within the regular curricular offerings at this site. After two years of intensive English language services, students are encouraged to re-enroll in their neighborhood high school or apply to participate in the comprehensive and technical course offerings at the center location site.

Elementary and middle school English language learner programs operate on a “pull out”, “plug in” model for English language instruction. All English language learner students must take the Ballard and Tighe state mandated Idea Proficiency Test upon enrollment to ascertain their oral and written English language communication skills. The ESOL staff has established collegial working relationships with the various mainstream classroom teachers in order to provide effective and meaningful instructional services to all English language learners.

How do I contact the Office of World Languages and ESOL?
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