English Learner Education (ELE) Program

  • The Plymouth Public School District is fortunate to have English Learners (ELs) from many different countries, speaking multiple languages. ELs are provided instruction by licensed ESL teachers. They are also provided with Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) in their general education classes by licensed content teachers who are SEI endorsed. The Plymouth Public Schools English Language Education (ELE) program provides support services to students whose primary language is not English and who are not yet proficient in English. The program is focused on students’ English language acquisition, literacy development, and academic achievement. In addition to academic language, students are constantly exposed to social language in all school contexts.

    Our district offers a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) model for English language learners (ELLs). This means that ELLs participate in general education classrooms with modified instructional strategies, assessment, and materials to help them access the curriculum. In addition, ELLs attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes where they receive direct English language instruction tailored to their specific proficiency level. Using research-based practices, experienced ESL teachers work with these students to develop the four skill areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students participate in ESL classes to strengthen academic vocabulary across the content areas, access or build background knowledge, read for comprehension, and write for different purposes. This "language-in-content" approach is essential to the academic program of each student, regardless of his/her English proficiency level or amount of time in the U.S., since ELLs are required to take part in state content tests along with their native English peers.

    In Plymouth, the English Language Education (ELE) Program includes three ESL elementary schools (Cold Spring, Hedge and Nathaniel Morton), one ESL middle school (PCIS) and one ESL high school (PNHS). West Elementary School provides ESL services for Kindergarten students.

       GRADES             ESL SCHOOLS                                         ESL TEACHER(S)
       K-5            Cold Spring Elementary School                       Michelle Lombard
       K-5            Hedge Elementary School                         Nicole Gagne, Natilya Melillo
       K-5            Nathaniel Morton Elementary School                 Lynn Walker
       6-8            Plymouth Community Intermediate School         Elisa Burek
       9-12           Plymouth North High School                            Maria da Silva

    New Plymouth Public School students districted for non-ESL schools who are identified as ELs should be referred to Maria da Silva, ELE Department Head (508-224-5075 or mdasilva@plymouth.k12.ma.us). Plymouth Public Schools will determine the ESL school placement option (based on the proximity of ESL school to home and EL enrollment numbers). Transportation will be provided. The family will also be given the option for the student to enroll in their home-district school without ESL services.

  • Translation and Interpretation

  • RETELL/SEI Endorsement

  • WIDA

  • Forms

  • Additional ELL Information and Resources