English Language Education Program
Greater Lowell Technical High School is committed to ensuring that all our students – including those who are not yet fluent in English – receive the best education possible. By law, all school-aged English language learners (ELLs) are eligible for English as a Second Language (ESL) support to help them become fluent English speakers. Greater Lowell meets the needs of our English Language Learners in the following ways:
English Language Support Classes:
- ESL licensed teachers provide direct English language instruction to students in the four domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
- ESL licensed teachers provide consultation support to classroom teachers and student support, based on each student’s English language learning needs.
- Support staff (liaisons, guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, nurses) provide resources to ELL students and their families.
- Para-professionals are used to support direct instruction provided by content area teachers.
The English Language Learner program’s curriculum is aligned with Greater Lowell’s district curricula, WIDA national standards, and Massachusetts state standards.
The State of Massachusetts’ top priority in K-12 education is to improve outcomes for all students and ensure that all public high school students graduate college and career ready. ELLs are the state's fastest growing group of students, and, as a group, experience the largest proficiency gap when compared to their native English speaking peers. In order to strengthen instruction and better support the academic achievement of ELLs, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary adopted new regulations in June 2012. These new regulations, which include a requirement that all incumbent core academic teachers of ELLs earn a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Teacher Endorsement by July 1, 2016, are at the centerpiece of the Department's Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative to transform the teaching and learning of ELLs across the Commonwealth. Greater Lowell Technical High School’s core instructional staff is currently meeting this regulation by completing the SEI endorsement course to receive the SEI Endorsement.
ELL – English language learner; the term used to describe a learner whose first language is not English.
ESL – English as a second language; one who does not speak English as a first language
ELE – English Language Education; the term used to describe the instructional program.
LEP- Limited English Proficient; the term used in conjunction with federal reporting to classify English language learners.
FLEP – Formerly Limited English Language Proficient; the term used to classify English Language Learners who have exited out of English Language Education (ELE)services.