English Language Learner (ELL)

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Welcome to New Bedford Public Schools’ English Learner Education Webpage! New Bedford is a Title III district with a diverse English Language Learner (ELL) student population from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The New Bedford School System is servicing ELL students through a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program and a number of other language development supports.

According with Chapter 71A of the Massachusetts General Laws districts are required to educated students identified as ELLs in a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program. In our SEI program all classroom instruction, books, and instructional materials are in English, and all subject matter are taught in English. The SEI Program consists of two components: Sheltered Content Instruction taught by a certified content teacher with SEI Endorsement or SEI/ESL license & English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction taught by an ESL certified teacher.

The New Bedford Public School system is committed to ensure excellence for all our ELL students. In order to accomplish this goal and to establish annual achievement of objectives for language acquisition and academic achievement of more than 1,300 ELL students, we provide ELL students with multiple opportunities for developing English language proficiency to improve their education in the content areas.

In grades K-12 New Bedford schools have twenty-three qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and all SEI teachers (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Elementary, & SPED) are in process of training on how to effectively teach English Language Learners in content area classes. SEI & ESL teachers make use of specific teaching techniques to assist ELL students in five different English proficiency levels. Teachers also are working on the alignment of curricular models with the Massachusetts Common Core and WIDA standards to improve the ELL students’ progress towards their attainment of English language of proficiency.

Staff Contact Information

Sonia Walmsley
Executive Director of Educational Access and Pathways
PRAB – Office #142
455 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
swalmsley@newbedfordschools.org
508-997-4511 Ext. 3315

 Betty Fagundes
Confidential Secretary
PRAB - Office #142
455 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02710
bfagundes@newbedfordschools.org
508-997-4511 Ext. 3333


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