English as a Second Language Services

Intermediate Unit 1 provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to students in the 25 school districts in Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. English as a Second Language instruction is a part of the student's curriculum.

Important Acronyms and Initialisms

ELL
English language learner (student)
ESOL
English to Speakers of Other Languages
AMAO
Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives
WIDA
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment
ACCESS for ELLs
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners
Annual assessment of ELLs
ICY
Immigrant Children and Youth
ELPS
English Language Proficiency Standards
W-APT
Wisconsin, Delaware, and Arkansas Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State Placement Test
Initial assessment
LEP
Limited English Proficient (student)
Title III
No Child Left Behind Act (2001)

Performance Definitions

Entering
  • Pictorial or graphic representation of the language of the content areas
  • Words, phrases or chunks of language when presented with one-step commands, directions, WH-, choice or yes/no questions, or statements with with sensory, graphic, or interactive support
Beginning
  • General language related to the content areas
  • Phrases or short sentences
  • Oral or written language with phonological, syntactic, or semantic errors that often impede the meaning of the communication when presented with one to multiple-step commands, directions, questions, or a series of statements with sensory, graphic or interactive support
Developing
  • General and some specific language of the content areas
  • Expanded sentences in oral interaction or written paragraphs
  • Oral or written language with phonological, syntactic or semantic errors that may impede the communication, but retain much of its meaning, when presented with oral or written, narrative or expository descriptions with sensory, graphic or interactive support
Expanding
  • Specific and some technical language of the content areas
  • A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in oral discourse or multiple, related sentences or paragraphs
  • Oral or written language with minimal phonological, syntactic or semantic errors that do not impede the overall meaning of the communication when presented with oral or written connected discourse with sensory, graphic or interactive support
Bridging
  • Specialized or technical language of the content areas
  • A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in extended oral or written discourse, including stories, essays, or reports
  • Oral or written language approaching comparability to that of proficient English peers when presented with grade level material
Reaching
  • Specialized or technical language reflective of the content areas at grade level
  • A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in extended oral or written discourse as required by the specified grade level
  • Oral or written communication in English comparable to proficient English peers

Downloads

Links of Interest

Home & School Connection Newsletter

For More Information

For more information about the ESL programs offered, please contact:

Frank Palo
ESL Service Coordinator
724-938-3241 ext. 414