English as a Second Language office (ESL)
What we do:
Our office aims to promote the full participation and inclusion of limited English proficient (LEP) students in the general education curriculum, ensure their academic success is on par with native speakers, and enable LEP students to make succesful transitions to post-secondary opportunities.
How to find us:
Our office is in room 208 of "It's About Kids" Support Services, 701 E. Main St., Lexington KY 40502. The main phone number is (859) 381-4179, and the fax number is (859) 381-4222. If you don't feel comfortable speaking English, please email Jessica Sanchez or call (859) 381-4318 and FCPS will arrange for an interpreter.
Web tip: The URL shortcut to this page is www.fcps.net/esl
Classrooms and goals
ESL teachers build language with pictures, tactile objects and hands-on activities. Systematic vocabulary and grammar lessons help students connect to a real-world context. Students are flexibly grouped based on needs, abilities and interests. Every lesson should include cooperative activities that allow students to use and practice their newly acquired English skills. The teachers listen to what the kids are trying to communicate and then provide opportunities to expand their language skills. ESL teachers offer students a variety of ways to communicate what they know and are able to do. Authentic language assessments then enable students to demonstrate their learning. Goals include to:
- Enable limited English proficient (LEP) students to communicate and function in the English language and American culture;
- Develop a program services plan for each LEP student to address linguistic and academic needs;
- Promote recognition, understanding and acceptance of individuality and cultural diversity;
- Provide comprehensible instruction in content-area classes to successfully meet grade promotion and graduation standards;
- Teach listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural understanding needed to participate in the school's mainstream activities; and
- Promote parental and community participation.