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ESL: English as a Second Language

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Dual Language

Dual Language (One-Way and Two-Way) is a biliteracy model of instruction where students acquire a second language through grade-level content instruction while maintaining their native language. Students become balanced bilinguals with high levels of academic language in both Spanish and English.

ESL: English as a Second Language

The Elementary ESL Program serves students who are emerging in their understanding of English and speak a language that qualifies them for English language support. Their instruction includes linguistic accommodations. The goal of the Elementary ESL program is to accelerate English proficiency as they learn grade-level content.

SET: Structured English Teacher Services

Structured English Teachers (SETs) work directly with elementary-level ESL students who are refugees, unschooled refugees, or asylees, and speak a language other than Spanish. These EB students have been in the country less than 2 years and have documented interrupted formal education of 1 or more years. SET teachers embed linguistic accommodations and use ESL best instructional practices to accelerate English language development and grade-level content mastery.



ESL: English as a Second Language

The Secondary ESL Program serves emergent bilingual students in an English-only context. Students receive on-level core instruction with embedded linguistic support. Use of Content-Based Language Instructional strategies aligns with our goals.

Language Centers

Language Centers are located at specific secondary campuses and serve students who speak multiple languages. Centers are staffed with ESL teachers specially prepared to address the cognitive, linguistic and affective needs of a specialized EB group.

Newcomer Campuses

These campuses offer specialized intensive ESL instruction for newcomer students and focus on language and content for simultaneous learning. Teachers provide scaffolded instruction incorporating language acquisition development in core content teaching. Students include refugees, unschooled refugees, and asylees.


When a student enrolls in a Texas school, one of the documents they receive is The Home Language Survey. The survey has three questions:

  1. Which languages are used at home?
  2. Which languages are used by the child at home?
  3. If the child had a previous home setting, which languages were used?

If any of these questions have a language other than English, the child must take a language proficiency assessment.



If the identification assessment shows the child is not English proficient, they are recommended for either a Bilingual or ESL classroom setting:

The student’s home language is Spanish.

The student has a home language other than Spanish.

Next, students are placed with a Bilingual or ESL certified teacher, depending on which program(s) their home campus offers.

FWISD Emergent Bilingual campuses:

  • 63 campuses offer both Bilingual and ESL
  • 21 campuses offer only ESL



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