English Language Learning Department Mission

While building upon the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of our English language learners, we will guide them in becoming multilingual, multicultural, and multi-literate by developing their social, instructional, and academic language in English.


Program Description

The Hudson Public Schools English as a Second Language Program is designed to meet the diverse needs of English language learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal of the program is to provide students meaningful access to grade-level curriculum while developing students’ language and literacy skills for long-term academic success. ELLs participate fully in content area classrooms through sheltered instruction delivered by content teachers in collaboration with ESL (English as a second language) teachers and based on Common Core State Standards and the WIDA English Language Development Standards. As appropriate, ELLs are also provided with additional language instruction taught by ESL teachers and specially designed to promote social and academic language development based on WIDA ELD Standards. This instruction is delivered in small, flexible groups based on students’ language proficiency. To enhance learning beyond the school day, students are encouraged to access extra help sessions after school as well as summer enrichment programs to support continued language and literacy development. Finally, while learning English, students are encouraged to maintain and develop their first language and literacy through native language literacy classes and extracurricular programming both at school and in the community.


 Elementary
K-4

The English as a Second Language Program at Hudson’s three elementary schools is designed to develop students’ language and literacy skills for academic success.  Kindergarteners and first grade students as well as students in grades 2, 3, and 4 who are at higher language proficiency levels are fully included in mainstream classrooms with specially trained teachers working in collaboration with ESL teachers.  Students in grades 2, 3, and 4 who are at lower language proficiency levels are also included in mainstream classrooms with specially trained teachers working in collaboration with ESL teachers, but, additionally, these students spend a portion of the school day in proficiency-based small groups working with the ESL teacher to develop social and academic language
   Middle School
5-7

The English as a Second Language Program at Quinn Middle School academically supports students as they acquire the skills necessary for them to succeed and achieve at a high level.

Beginning students increase their knowledge of English with thematically based units, while developing their vocabulary, phonics, grammar, reading, and writing.  Beginning students also develop their reasoning in mathematics with such topics as number sense, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and algebra.  Special emphasis is placed on learning the language of math needed to solve word problems. 

Intermediate students attend supported content classes, taught by content area teachers who provide core content instruction in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Content teachers participate in extensive professional development based on teaching ELLs and also work collaboratively with the ELL teacher through co-planning and consulting.

ELLs at all levels of English focus on reading comprehension development and writing construction improvement during a daily class, Flex.  ELLs further develop and strengthen their math skills during Academic Support.  All ELLs rotate through electives: physical education, health, art, drama, computers, and engineering.  ELL Homework Club meets Monday to Thursday to provide support for students after school.

  Secondary
8-12

The English as a Second Language Program at Hudson High School is designed to develop students’ language and literacy skills for academic success and preparedness for college and career.  These goals are achieved via two main program components.  The first consists of English Language Development (ELD) classes that are taught by ESL teachers and provide instruction in English language and literacy.  The second component consists of sheltered content classes, taught by content area teachers who provide core content instruction in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Sheltered content teachers participate in extensive professional development based on teaching ELLs and also work collaboratively with ESL teachers through co-planning, co-teaching, and consulting. 








Erin Goldstein

Erin Goldstein
Director of English Language Learning

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