English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language is an intensive program that focuses on learning English. It is taught by teachers who are trained and certified in working with students whose home language is not English. The ESL program provides instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehending English.
Students receive instruction primarily in academic language to ensure success in school. Teachers may use topics from subjects such as social studies during the ESL class. The focus, however, remains on the student learning English. ESL is available at all grade levels throughout Austin ISD.
Transitional Bilingual / Late-Exit Bilingual is a bilingual program that serves students identified as having limited proficiency in both English and Spanish, and that transfers students to English-only instruction.
Academic growth is accelerated through cognitively challenging work in the students’ first language along with meaningful academic content taught through the students’ second language, English. The goal is to promote high levels of academic achievement and full academic language proficiency in the students’ first language and in English.
Students enrolled in the transitional bilingual/late exit program are eligible to exit the program six years after they enroll in school. Students must exit the program seven years after they enroll in Austin ISD. For more information, please contact the Austin ISD Multilingual Education Team at 512-414-4734.