Students who are learning to speak English are called English Language Learners and are often referred to as ELLs. There are special classes within our school called English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL programs are designed to give students special attention while learning and practicing English so they can integrate the language into a regular education classroom.
While learning English is important for success in the American school system, we want to encourage you to continue to read, speak, and write in your first language. Strong first language skills are beneficial and carry over to your second language as well! By continuing to develop both languages simultaneously it not only prevents loss of important cultural aspects tied to your native language, but it also helps students have a leading edge in the job market when they reach that stage in their life.