Curriculum Department

4 Summer St., Rm 104, Haverhill, MA 01830 | Office Hours 8:00-4:00 | Phone (978) 374-5740 | Fax (978) 373-1535

  • English Learner Education (ELE)

    Introduction:
    The English Learner Education (ELE) Program provides multi-level, grade appropriate English language development in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, History, and Science to students in the Haverhill Public Schools whose home language is other than English and who are in the process of developing mastery of English fluency.

    Contact Information:
    Darshan Thakkar
    Chief Academic Officer
    978-374-3400
    dthakkar@haverhill-ps.org

    Who are our English Language Learners (ELLs)?
    English Learners are recognized as vital members of our student population bringing multiple perspectives and cultural lenses to the broader community. They arrive at any grade, age, and proficiency level and are welcomed to our community with support that is matched to their level of development. ELLs become fluent in English over time and serve as models to others who would like to become bilingual through the foreign languages.

    Assessment
    Our students are assessed upon matriculation and placed with the school and staff that will best provide intensive English language and academic language development across all disciplines. They are assessed throughout the year to determine growth and progress with pre and post tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening in accordance with the expectations for academic and language growth of the State Curriculum Frameworks and of the World International Design Assessment (WIDA) standards for academic language proficiency.

    Contact for Assessment and Registration:
    978-420-1946
    Lina Bartow
    lbartow@haverhill-ps.org
    Christine Darling
    cdarling@haverhill-ps.org

    Focus on Literacy and Language
    Our English Language Development Curriculum focuses on meaningful access to content knowledge, vocabulary, and the understanding of conceptual themes in each of the content areas. Our students are encouraged to speak, listen, read and write in English in safe and supportive environments that facilitate confidence across all language domains. ELLs study the same grade level curriculum as the fluent English speakers through language rich exploration of root details about a subject that involve in-depth manipulation, and negotiation of language. ELLs increase frequency of phrasal usage, volume of mastered vocabulary, authentic phonetic qualities in their speaking, the art of discourse, and critical thinking as conveyed through the written and spoken word.

    Our Staff
    The ELE staff are highly qualified and licensed in content areas and English Language Development (ESL/ELD) while our general and special education faculty is trained in sheltering instruction for English Language Learners.

    Interpreters and Translations:
    The ELE Program and the Haverhill Public Schools provides Interpreter/Translator services to assure that notices from the schools are sent home in Spanish. Parents should call if they need an interpreter to call a school for them or attend a meeting on behalf of their child at the schools. Provisions are made for families who have requested notices sent home in Arabic, Portuguese, and French.

    Reading is the key to expanded vocabulary and success as educated citizens.

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