Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How long will my child be enrolled in the program?
    It depends. There are several factors that affect language development including age at which language is being learned, years of language study, literacy skills in the native language, etc. ESL teachers review grades, mandated state test scores, teacher recommendations, and other criteria to determine when the child will no longer need language support. Research demonstrates that on average it takes 5-7 years for students to learn enough English to be successful in the classroom. Some students may accomplish this in as few as 3 years.

    Q: Does my child need to take the state-mandated MCAS?
    All students need to take the MCAS exam with the exception that recent arrivals can be waived from the English MCAS in their first year. However, most of the time, students take the English MCAS for test-taking experience.

    Q: How can I get involved with the school?
    There are several ways to participate in the school community including attending school performances, volunteering to chaperone a field trip, joining the Parent-Teacher Organization, etc. Speak with your child’s school teachers/administrators for more information. Also, we have an ELL Parent Advisory Council that you are welcome to join.

    Q: What can I do to support my child?
    Transitioning to a new country with a different language and culture can be both
    stressful and exciting. One way to help is by being supportive and patient with your
    child’s efforts to adapt to the new environment. Other ways are-

    1. Reading

    • Create a routine or a special reading time for whole family.
    • Reading a book together and share your ideas.
    • Take trips to the public library together.
    • Turn off the computer and the TV

    2. Writing

    • Encourage your child to keep a diary in English
    • Find ELL pen pals on:
    • Write grocery lists together in English.
    • Send letters and postcards to English-speaking friends and family members

    3. Speaking

    • Encourage your child to join a team or a club
    • Volunteer together in the community.
    • Encourage your child to work with English-speaking children (e.g. babysitting & daycare)
    • Join an on-line book club or discussion forum.

    4. Listening

    • Get books-on-tape from the library and listen to them in the car or at home.
    • Rent movies together and discuss them.
    • Go to free lectures or book readings.