Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD
Free Standing ESL Program
In our district, ESOL teachers work with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELL). All of our students come from homes where a language other than English is spoken. Our students speak a variety of languages including Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Armenian, Kurdish, and Spanish, Burmese, and more! As ESOL teachers, we support these students in the reading, writing, listening, and speaking of English, as well as in their academic content.
ELL Instructional Models:
The ESOL teacher works in the classrooms to work collaboratively with the classroom/content area teacher to provide language and content area instruction simultaneously. This model allows the ELLs to remain in the classroom and receive the support of both teachers.
The ESOL teacher also pulls ELLs from various classrooms to provide these students English language through content instruction. The students remain in the classroom for the majority of the day, but the classroom/content and ESL teachers are in constant communication in order to ensure curricular alignment.
At the Middle and High Schools, ELLs students receive English language instructional support as a part of their regular academic schedule. While the typical model is self-contained, some academic classes may even be co-taught by the Content and ESOL teacher.
ELLs must receive ENL instruction everyday. The required amount must be provided in substantially equal daily allotments. Required units of study in the language arts component depending upon the student’s proficiency level, based on the LAB-R and/or NYSESLAT.
NYSESLATUnits* per week ofStand-alone ENL
Units* per week of
Units* of ENL
Units* of ELA
Expanding 0 1 0 1 Commanding 0 .5 0 1
*(1 unit = 180 minutes/week 36 mins./day)Integrated ENL is provided when a certified ENL teacher pushes in to a general education classroom and teaches alongside a classroom teacher. Stand-Alone ENL is when service is provided to the ELL through an certified ENL teacher. When providing Stand-Alone ENL services students are pulled out of the classroom to work with the ENL teacher.