The Philosophy of the Stroudsburg Area Middle School ESL instructional program is one that promotes the natural abilities of children in acquiring a second language. The ESL program is characterized by creative teaching strategies, which both inspire and challenge students. Second language instruction incorporates the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. All modalities of cognitive and learning styles are included to make instruction relevant and comprehensible.
English language instruction strives to accommodate individual proficiencies by presenting learning activities at the appropriate level of difficulty. ESL instruction varies ins cope and incorporates content areas in lessons when appropriate.
Stroudsburg Area Middle School values the knowledge, culture and language each student brings to school. The variety of cultural backgrounds provides experiences that relate the students' foundation of prior learning to the acquisition of English, making the transition into the new culture a comfortable one.
The ESL teacher creates an atmosphere of acceptance and support for the language learner. Positive attitudes and approaches to instruction are such that students will find a freedom to experiment with languages and not be afraid to make mistakes.
According to CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency, it takes approximately 5-7 years to acquire language proficiency!
ESL services are recommended for reading and writing support to help students become proficient on the PA academic standards.
According to BICS: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills only take 1-2 years for a student to understand what is going on in the classroom and social skills with peers.
Don't feel alone, look at the diverse languages our students speak: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Afrikaans, Shona, and Kwsahali.
The English as a Second Language Program at the Stroudsburg Middle School is designed to establish equal educational opportunity and promote academic excellence for language in minority students. It is based on the principals of language acquisition, which develop both basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency which English language learners need.
This program uses ESL methodology and research to develop the students' proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and is intended to provide the students access to the District's basic curriculum.
The English as a Second Language Program at the Stroudsburg Middle School will:
- Prepare students for success in a global community.
- Provide the bridge to the general education standards expected of all students in the school district.
- Be learning centered.
- Involve parents in the learning process.
- Be unbound by traditional scholastic concepts of time, location, and age requirements.
Our goal is to educate bicultural students who can function effectively in two cultures, NOT to deny or underestimate the first culture of the student. ESL classes are designed to promote language learning in a fun, challenging and exciting atmosphere.
Mrs. Stacy Cassady
Mrs. Cassady has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Stroudsburg Area School District since September, 2000. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA. She also holds a Masters degree in Reading and Reading Specialist Certificate from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mrs. Cassady went on to earn her second Master’s degree in English as a Second Language from DeSales University, Bethlehem PA. She teaches ESL for the after-school and summer programs, and is on the diversity committee.