English as a Second Language (ESL) Department Curriculum Overview
The Queen City Academy Charter School’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department provides a rich curriculum for English Language Learners (ELLs) based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and WIDA Language Standards.
The program equips ELLs with essential language and 21st-century skills they need to be successful in today’s classrooms and our multicultural society.
Teachers enhance lessons with practical activities that help students think critically. Scholars are held to the same rigorous standards as all other students while they build language proficiency.
ESL Methods & Assessments
ESL teachers assess students to identify areas where they are below proficiency levels and then work to improve targeted skills.
Teachers use the following methods:
- In-classroom lessons and support
- Small group instruction and activities where students listen, read, speak, write, and practice problem-solving
- Periodic assessments to test competency
WIDA Access for ELLs 2.0
English Language Learners are tested each spring using the WIDA Access for ELLs 2.0, an annual state-mandated assessment required by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The purpose of the assessment is to test listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills of students.
Test results are one of the several key factors used to determine whether a student is ready to leave the ESL program.
In addition to assessing student proficiency, the WIDA Access for ELLs 2.0 is designed to assist teachers and New Jersey school districts in understanding the quality and effectiveness of ESL programming.
A copy of student test scores is provided for parents and guardians to monitor progress. Please feel free to contact the ESL Coordinator with any questions regarding the WIDA Access test.
For more information on resources used in the ESL curriculum, visit the following websites:
- Common Core State Standards – http://www.corestandards.org/
- WIDA Learning Standards – https://www.wida.us/standards/eld.aspx