English as a Second Language
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is dedicated to providing high quality, grade appropriate instruction to all students who speak a language other than English in the district. Our district works with approximately 1,800 English Learners in grades K-12 who speak more than 30 different languages and come from diverse backgrounds. The goal of our program is to provide students with the necessary language skills to use socially and academically in a timely manner. Our program aims to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students working toward becoming proficient in English.
Vermilion Conference Center
326 Gauthier Rd, Lafayette, LA 70501 Rm: 201
ESL Program Administrator
ESL Curriculum Coordinator
ESL Itinerant Teacher
TWI Program Facilitator
ESL Bilingual Secretary
ESL Bilingual Clerk
Important: To keep everyone safe from COVID-19, masks must be worn in the building and offices. We ask that only one parent/guardian per family come to the ESL office.
Home Language Survey
- To determine the eligibility of EL services,
- The Federal Law requires that the parent/guardian of the student complete a Home Language Survey (HLS).
- If the HLS indicates the student speaks another language or that another language is spoken in the home, the parent/guardian should make an appointment with the ESL department by calling (337) 521-7130.
- Based on the information provided in the survey and the Parent Questionnaire conducted by the ESL office will determine if the student needs to be assessed for English language proficiency.
Prior To Your Appointment
- Requested Documents
- Proof of Residence (Electric, Gas, or Water Bill)- REQUIRED
- If Utility bill is not in the parent/guardian’s name, a notarized letter is required
- Birth Certificate
- School Transcripts
- Immunization Records- If records are not available, please call or visit
- Health Unit
220 W. Willow St., Building A
- Health Unit
- One parent/guardian with a picture ID
During Your Appointment
- Plan to be in the office for about 1 hour. Only 1 parent/guardian will be allowed in the office area.
- Staff will make copies of requested documents.
- Staff will interview the parents regarding the student’s previous education.
- Parent Home Language Questionnaire will be conducted
- If the child qualifies, EL services will be offered.
- You will be given information about the school to which your child will be assigned based on the family’s address.
After Your Appointment
- Take the paperwork to your child’s school for registration.
ESL program descriptions:
- Our program aims to work with students toward the goal of becoming English proficient. The ESL program provides newcomer classes, to students who qualify, at 11 different schools in the parish. ESL teachers at the 11 newcomer schools provide scaffolded instruction and offer support to mainstream teachers on these campuses. ESL teachers work to prepare English Learners to succeed at their academic level.
- Our program also provides a Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program at Charles Burke Elementary. Classrooms consist of native Spanish and native English speaking students working together to become proficient on grade level academic standards in both English and Spanish.
- English Learners at all schools in the district receive EL accommodations as determined by their school and participate in the year English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) until determined fully English proficient.
- Schools with ESL Programs
- Broadmoor Elementary
- Charles Burke Elementary
- Carencro Heights Elementary
- Katharine Drexel Elementary
- Ridge Elementary
- S.J. Montgomery Elementary
- Acadian Middle School
- Edgar Martin School
- Judice Middle School
- Acadiana High School
- Lafayette High School
- Each Spring, students who have been identified as English Learners enrolled in grades K-12 take the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). This online assessment measures a student’s English proficiency in the four language domains: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
- The ELPT is designed to measure the performance of ELs as they progress through their education. Results from the assessment will be used to determine a student’s level of English and to decide which language services and supports the student will need to fully participate in core content classes.
- ELs take this assessment until they are determined to be proficient in English.
- Click Here for ELPT FAQs
Parent Guide to ELPT:
Adult English Classes
Language Acquisition Websites
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