Overview of ELD/ESL Department

ELD/ESL Department
English Language Development
Harrisburg School District has 903 PHLOTE (Primary Home Language Other Than English) students -- 1105 ELs, of which are 270 Immigrants, representing 55 different countries and 23 different languages.
 
English Language Development Program Description
The Harrisburg School District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English. The goal of the ELD Program is to provide English Language Learners (ELs) with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our schools and in their social lives in our community. The objectives of the ESL program are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), as described in the Basic Education Circulars for ELs. The ELD program will assist students in developing proficiency in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the full range of instructional activities in the regular education curriculum and in extracurricular activities in our schools.

Policy 138 - Limited English Proficiency Program

Mission: 

The mission of the English Language Development Program in the Harrisburg School District is to provide instruction and support in English language development to foster the linguistic, academic development, personal and social growth of English Language Learners.

Vision:

The English Language Development Program in the Harrisburg School provides equitable access for English Language Learners to receive meaningful, comprehensible instruction in all content areas.

ELD Goals:

The goal of Harrisburg School District Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) is to facilitate the acquisition of English language skills for students whose native or first language is not English. Core program instruction in social and academic English and appropriate supports ensure that English learners are empowered with the skills and content knowledge necessary to become independent and successful students and to fully participate in Harrisburg School District’s educational opportunities.

Language Instruction Educational Program Description (LIEP)

State Regulation, 22 Pa. Code S4.26, declares:

Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards under § 4.12 (relating to academic standards). Programs under this section shall include appropriate bilingual-bicultural or English as a second language (ESL) instruction.