Language acquisition experts agree that the best methods for second language learning are those that supply ‘comprehensible input’ in low anxiety situations. By providing each student with intensive accessible instruction for extended periods of time in a classroom with their newcomer peers, we have the opportunity to accelerate language acquisition as well as acculturation.
Our Newcomer Program offers instruction where the entire academic day will be crafted just for them. This targeted instruction will accelerate their English language acquisition and provide them with a foundation for success in the traditional classroom. By serving the newcomer students in a centralized location, we meet their needs in an environment that is focused explicitly on them. After students successfully complete up to 3 semesters in the Newcomer Center, they will be ready for traditional English language instruction in mainstream classes.
By serving the newcomer students in a centralized location, we meet their needs in an environment that is focused explicitly on them. When students are ready to transition into R.B. Stall High School, they are ready for traditional English language instruction.
To successfully mainstream newly-arrived English Language Learners after 3 semesters by:
■ Creating a safe and nurturing environment where the instruction is
focused explicitly on them
■ Immersing students in meaningful language experiences that utilize
listening, speaking, reading, and writing
■ Provide multiple opportunities for students to use English successfully,
allowing students to gain confidence as they transition from basic
communication skills to academic language skills
Our newcomer students will:
■ Recognize the value of their cultural and linguistic diversity, while
appreciating the diversity of others
■ Develop their critical thinking skills, creativity, and self-worth
■ Be prepared to serve and participate in their communities as a literate 21st