• English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) is a program for students whose native language is one other than English.

    Instruction for English language learners finds us continually developing our oral and written English skills. In ESL, we are working on English speaking and listening.

    In speaking, we are developing our BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) so that we can convey our thoughts, ideas, needs, and wants with those around us. This language is what we use in our day-to-day communication at school, on the playground, in the classroom when talking with friends, and with our peers in a casual setting.

    ESL students also receive instruction with language acquisition strategies which help develop CALP (Cognitive-Academic Language Proficiency) or the content / curriculum / objectives of the student's present grade level. Vocabulary, both spoken and that found in reading text, is developed through rich literature, class discussions, pictures, real-life objects and experiences. Words become real to the students after they have meaning and are spoken or read many, many times.

    In reading, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension are parts of this important process. We make predictions, read stories (fiction and non-fiction), have discussions, and then summarize what was read in the text. Our reading skills help us learn about the world around us.

    The goals of the ESL program are for students to:

      • Improve their English proficiency
      • Attain high levels of academic achievement in language arts and in content subjects


    The mission of the Plano Independent School District is to provide an excellent education for all students.

    The Plano ISD Bilingual/ESL Program believes that culturally and linguistically diverse students should be provided a consistently high quality education so that students are academically successful and prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world.

    The program:

      • Provides instruction for the English Language Learner in the most appropriate program format in accordance with Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines.
      • Provides instruction that reflects the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and PISD curriculum guidelines in all content areas.
      • Promotes acceptance of Bilingual/ESL instruction as an integral part of the whole school program.
      • Promotes understanding and respect for diversity by students, parents, staff and community.
      • Enhances the student’s self-esteem and promotes a positive school climate.
      • Evaluates results and makes adjustments as warranted to address student learning at both campus and district levels.
      • Supports staff development on cultural and linguistic diversity and second language acquisition strategies/methodologies.

    For more information please visit the Plano ISD website.

Casey Goodman