English as a Second Language

  • Vision
    The vision of the Gaston County Schools’ English as a Second Language department is to inspire success and a lifetime of learning for students from all cultures and linguistic backgrounds.

    Gaston County Schools strives to meet the needs of the whole child. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department works to develop intercultural interactions to enhance students’ school experience. The ESL Department also seeks to provide support and instruction to language minority students to develop English language proficiency skills, which will enable them to become successful in mainstream classrooms, the school, and the community. 

    The ESL program is content-based and works to help English learners (EL) attain English proficiency and achieve at high levels in core academic subjects such as math, science, social studies, and language arts. ESL teachers use both the Common Core and the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Standards to plan and deliver developmentally appropriate instruction to develop students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for both social and academic purposes. Gaston County Schools’ Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) indicates how all students identified as English learners (EL) receive English language support. This support varies and includes ESL pull-out classes, ESL content-based classes, Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) in the mainstream classrooms, and newcomer classes.

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  • Gaston County Schools International Center  
    #1 Learning Center
    Gastonia, N.C. 28052