Syllabus for ESL MMSA
  • Many cultures, many languages

    The program components ensure each student receives instructiongeared towards helping the student achieve the PA academic standards in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and allowing the students the opportunities they need to become proficient in the use of the English language. The ESL program provided to ELLs will include direct language instruction, adaptations to instruction, and assessment in all content areas, both of which must be commensurate with the student's level of English.

    Students in the ESL program must be provided with meaningful, comprehensible access to instruction in all content areas required by Pennsylvania academic standards. The PA ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) are an overlay to the academic standards and will be incorporated in planned instruction for ELLs by all teachers. Content area instruction will be aligned with the corresponding standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students. Accommodations and modifications provided to the student will be provided by the ESL teacher, which will be collaboratively developed by the ESL teacher and grade level/content teacher(s). Appropriate academic support services will be provided to ELLs within the content courses and may include an ESL teacher or supplemental materials.

    Literacy in English is developed using Content-Based ESL  as the program model. English instruction is adapted to student’s proficiency level and supplemented by gestures, visual aids, and

    manipulatives. This approach of teaching ESL makes use of instructional materials, learning tasks, and classroom techniques from academic content areas as the vehicle for developing language, content, cognitive, and study skills.


    At MMSA ELLs receive English Language instruction in core content classes; Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies using the Collaborative Teaching Model (ESL Push-in). Collaboration occurs in grade level/content classes; both teachers provide individualized direct instruction

    ESL certified teachers also provide English Language instruction during core content, intervention periods, and for Level 1 and 2 ELLs, via curriculum based on the PA ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) using the SAS Pre-K-12 Language Arts and Math ELL Overlay.


    ELLs must be graded using the same grading system as all other students. Grading of ELLs must reflect what the students know and are able to do at their level of English language proficiency. The

    content teacher(s), ESL teacher, school counselor, and principal will monitor all ELLs' progress during the school year to determine if programming changes are necessary.


    Complete homework and classwork

    Bring agenda to all classes

    Ask for help when needed

    Participate in class

    Respect diversity

    Do your best