The summer has been an optimal time for English as a Second Language (ESL) students to improve their reading and writing skills during the Levittown School District’s ESL Summer Program.
For three weeks, students entering grades K-6 have met with teachers for one-and-a-half hours each weekday to improve their reading comprehension and writing skills in preparation for the fall semester.
Curriculum Associate for Foreign Language and ESL Michele Ortiz explained that the program is funded through a Title III grant, which pays for supplies and salaries. The program’s focus is to prevent the regression of literacy skills over the summer in the district’s ESL students.
“Not only do participants strengthen their skills, they gain confidence in their abilities for the upcoming school year,” Ortiz said.
In addition to learning letters, consonant and vowel sounds and journaling techniques, the kindergarten students practiced writing their names, addresses and phone numbers, and using scissors.
First and second-grade students reviewed information covered in the previous school year and focused on homophones, writing skills and currency. The program also included a number of pre-kindergarten students, who experienced their first time in a school setting.
Older students practiced many of the same skills focused on by the younger students, but also increased their knowledge of the English language through playing cards, checkers and other board games with their teachers and peers.
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