ESL Program








    Did you know there are students in the Nauset Public Schools who speak Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Chinese, and more? The English as a Second Language program provides these students with the necessary support to achieve language proficiency and success within and beyond the schoolhouse walls. Licensed ESL teachers partner with classroom teachers to ensure our English language learners receive appropriate services through a combination of in-class and pull-out models. Recent changes in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have inspired efforts to enhance our program in our elementary, middle, and high school. The ESL team, while small in number, abounds in ideas, enthusiasm, and ideas to advance student success.


    What’s in a Word?


            English as a Second Language (ESL):  Explicit, direct instruction about the English language to promote English acquisition


            English Language Development (ELD): Same as ESL


            Limited English Proficient (LEP): Students whose native language is not English


            English Language Learner (ELL): Same as LEP


            World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA): Proficiency standards and assessments for grade K-12 students who are English language learners. They describe the expectations for ELL students at grade level clusters (PK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-1) and five content areas (social instructional language, English language arts, math, science, and social studies).  Performance indicators fall within four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing).


            Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS):  Assessment used to determine language development within the four domains across six English language proficiency levels.


    Level 1

    Level 2

    Level 3

    Level 4

    Level 5

    Level 6








    -         Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL): DESE initiative to improve and support the academic achievement of English language learners.  RETELL brings a systemic approach that combines professional development and curriculum and assessments requirements.


    -         Sheltered English Immersion (SEI): Includes 2 components: English as a Second Language (ESL) direct instruction and sheltered content instruction that includes approaches, strategies, and methodology to make the content more comprehensible to LEP students.





    *     World Class Instructional Design and Assessment  

    *     Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

    *     Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages

    *     The National Association for Bilingual Education

    *     National Council of Teachers of English

    *     Teaching English Language Learners: What the Research Does and Does Not Say

    *     A Research Based Approach to Instruction for English Language Learners in Science

    *     ETS Research: English Language Learning and Assessment

    *     Policy Research Brief: NCTE





    *     English Language Learners

    *     RETELL

    *     WIDA ELD Standards

    *     ELL Coordinated Review Reports

    *     Compliance and Monitoring





    As part of its accountability system, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) oversees local compliance with education requirements through the Coordinated Program Review (CPR). All reviews cover selected requirements in the following areas:


    Special Education

    Civil Rights

    English Learner Education (ELE) in Public Schools


    The ELE program review addresses selected requirements from M.G.L. c. 71A, the state law that directs the provision of education to limited English proficient students and other regulations that  

    govern education services provided to our ELL population.


    A team of DESE staff members visit schools over a two to five day period. During the visit, the team reviews selected documentation, interviews personnel, surveys parents, and observes classrooms and facilities. Shortly after the visit the team issues a report which contains ratings for compliance criterion it has reviewed. Those ratings are “Commendable,” “Implemented,” Implementation in Progress,” “Partially Implemented,” “Not Implemented,” and “Not Applicable.”


    Where criteria are found “Partially Implemented” or “Not Implemented”, the district must propose corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with specific regulations. This Corrective Action Plan (CAP) is submitted to DESE for approval. Once the district receives approval, the action steps are implemented. Progress monitoring reports are required throughout the year. Nauset underwent a Coordinated Program Review this past spring (2017) is awaiting the findings from that review.