• Program Types and Services

    Sheltered English Instruction:  Grades K-5

    English as a second language (ESL) program is defined as a daily developmental second language program for one period/class  focusing on language development skills using second language teaching techniques that incorporate the cultural aspects of the students' experiences in their ESL instruction.

    All ESL courses place an emphasis on the four language domains of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Courses will adhere to WIDA English Language Development Standards and NJ State Learning Standards.  

    ESL instruction is provided by a Certified English as Second Language teacher.  There are two different models of ESL instruction:

    In-class Support/Push-in Services:  The ESL teacher provides the student with support, accommodations and modifications during content area instruction.  

    Pull-out Services:  The ESL teacher will provide small group instruction outside of the classroom.  This will allow the teacher to focus on providing a more individualized instruction to focus on skill building and mastery.  Such services are aligned to WIDA ELA Standards and NJ CCCS.

    Sheltered English  Instruction           

    Sheltered Instruction is an approach used widely for teaching language and content to ELLs to prepare students to achieve high academic standards.  In order to provide sheltered instruction, teachers must receive professional development in this teaching approach.  MARSD is committed to providing 15 hours of SEI training to a variety of content area teachers to ensure that the needs of ESL students are met across the curriculum. ELLs in grades K-5 attend a daily class of ESL and are also placed in a classroom with an SEI trained teacher.   Additional coaching opportunities and professional development workshops are available throughout the school year.  SEI promotes the use of clear, direct, and easy-to-understand language and a wide range of scaffolding strategies to communicate understanding of content in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts to students. Sheltered English Instructional activities require that teachers analyze the subject matter content to determine the academic language that must be taught to make content accessible for ELLs.  Students enrolled in Bilingual, ESL, and English language services programs shall have full access to (as feasible) supportive services such as counseling, tutoring, and career guidance. These services are provided by personnel who are familiar with and knowledgeable of the unique needs and background of the ELLs and their parents.

    Sheltered English Instruction teachers are required to: 

    • build background knowledge and connect to students’ prior knowledge; 
    • provide interaction and collaboration among students;
    • integrate explicit language structure and vocabulary instruction; and 
    • emphasize the use of many types of instructional strategies.

    Structure of the SEI classroom

    • ESL students are placed in a classroom with a specially trained SEI classroom teacher
    • SEI teacher infuses strategies across all content areas
    • ESL students attend daily pull out ESL classes for 1 period a day.  
      • K-3: Students are pulled from Science
      • 4-5: Students are pulled from ELA.
    • ESL teachers infuse science into the guided reading portion of daily ESL classes (K-3).
    • ESL teachers teach Language Development through application of reading strategies, phonics skills, and  multiple opportunities for authentic academic instruction.

    High Intensity ESL Program:  Grades 4-12      

    A high intensity ESL program is provided for our ESL Students in grades 4-12.   ELLs receive two periods of ESL daily.   In the middle school and Lloyd Road, High Intensity ESL replaces ELA class (2to 3 periods).  In High School, High Intensity ESL replaces English and foreign language classes.  Students enrolled in Bilingual, ESL, and English language services programs shall have full access to (as feasible) supportive services such as counseling, tutoring, and career guidance. These services are provided by personnel who are familiar with and knowledgeable of the unique needs and background of the ELLs and their parents.

Last Modified on March 21, 2022