English Learner Education

Covid FAQs

English Learner Education:

  1. How are we supporting English Learner students while school is closed?

    All New Bedford schools have an English language acquisition program: Sheltered English Immersion and/or Dual Language Education at Gomes Elementary (only). Your child is entitled to receive English as a Second Language instruction and language supports to access all content areas. These services are provided by the content area teachers and ESL teachers working in collaboration. So, their collective delivery of instructional activities for EL students are aligned.

  2. What are the expectations for EL students?

    Schools are supporting EL students through Remote Learning. It may include: large group video, audio conference calls, 1:1 phone or video calls, and other resources to engage with students. While technology can be a supportive tool EL students, educators are also considered ways that your child learning can be offline.

    • Journals: Teachers give students specific instructions on how to keep a journal of things they observe daily. Students can write or draw pictures depending on their English language proficiency level. Teachers encourage students who can write in their native language to write in their language.

    • Double Entry Journals: Teachers ask students to read a book on a given topic. In one column, students write what they know about the topic before they start reading the book. In the other column, they write what they learned.

    • Reading Logs: Teachers ask students to read books that interest them and then write a report. Then teachers make specific assignments as reading activities that align with the expectations outlined in the English standards for the grade level. Students could have flexibility writing in English, writing in their own language, creating posters or diagrams etc.

    • Role Play: Teachers ask students to set up specific role play scenarios in their home. They can invite siblings and even parents to be part of the role play (while ensuring that this is optional and families have a choice as to whether they participate, especially if using videoconferencing). Students “explain the experience” and what they learned, what worked and did not work.

    • Turn on the Subtitles: Teachers recommend a television program that is appropriate for their students’ age and learning level. Teachers ask students to watch the program with closed captioning. Students will hear the words, see the people speaking, and see the text all at the same time. Ask students to “record” what they heard and discuss with their teachers.


  3. How do I help my child do homework if I don’t read English?

    a. Have your child teach you something. Ask them to with their own words the instructions or directions for you (in any language used at home). This can be a motivational boost for students as having a skill their parent doesn’t have can make them feel empowered.

    b. Work along with your child, whether it is catching up on your emails, or reading something for work, having a parent close by makes homework feel less like punishment.