Plan of Implementing a Program of ESL
Learning English as a second language is getting more and more popular nowadays. I am excited to have received an opportunity to be responsible for organizing and implementing a program of ESL teaching in our district. While the immigrant population in our area is growing, the needs of these population groups are diverse due to the countries of their origin being different. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze all the requirements and probable difficulties before launching the project.
For my project, I would like to engage in the high school district. The students at high school have an urgent need to learn ESL because they will need to use it in their further education. The first step in preparing for the program will be identifying the potential participants. To do this, I will contact all high schools in the area and request information about students from immigrant families. Then, I will ask the administrations of these schools to do a survey among the students and find out how many of them would like to enroll. I will organize lists of students according to their native language.
The next step will be creating a test to check the students’ level of English. The results of the test will help to divide the students into subgroups based on their background knowledge so that those who have a better language experience could proceed to more profound education and those with poor knowledge could start with the very basics.
After receiving the information about the number of students and their level of knowledge, I will be able to move to the next step, which is hiring bilingual and ESL teachers based on learners’ language needs. The number of teachers will depend on the number of students. I plan to have ten students in a subgroup so that every learner could get sufficient attention from an educator. I will not insist on teachers’ bilingual skills since the main purpose of this program is teaching English. However, if some of the future students will show a rather poor knowledge of English, I will consider hiring bilingual teachers so that the initial stages of the project could be easier for learners.
Further, I will take some time to choose the teaching and learning materials and order them. Based on the students’ level, I will choose the textbooks. Also, I will need some equipment for audio and visual presentation, such as a projector, whiteboard, and laptops. I will order CDs and DVDs with programs focused on the development of listening and speaking skills.
Providing in-service training for the staff is another crucial issue. In August, I plan to organize an intensive training program for the teachers who agree to participate in the project. Both certified and non-certified educators will receive a possibility to learn about the new methods of ESL teaching. As a result of in-service training, all educators will have an understanding of the project and the details of its implementation.
Finally, an important step in developing the program will be reaching out to immigrants and other non-English-speaking parents. I will need to persuade them about the benefits of participating in the program and explain that it is entirely free of charge. I think that parents will appreciate such an opportunity for their children.
I believe that this project will gain huge success, and in a year, we will be able to launch not one but several such projects so that they would encompass all age groups of ESL students. This program is crucial in modern society where English has a prominent place and bears the title of the global language. I want my project to help students from our district to become more independent and gain better opportunities for further education.