What is ESL?

  • ESL is an acronym standing for English as a Second Language.
  • ESL classes are NOT bilingual in nature.
  • A certified ESL teacher does NOT need to speak any of the many native languages that his/her students may speak.
  • ESL instruction occurs IN ENGLISH using sheltered techniques, numerous hands-on activities, many pictures, body movements and gestures, and realia to teach English vocabulary.
  • English vocabulary can be taught through thematic units which are content based.
  • Instruction can occur in the mainstream classroom, or in the ESL classroom on a pull-out basis.


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