ESL Program Requirements
Compliance with Alabama State Department of Education Requirements
The Colbert County Board of Education recognizes the importance of providing appropriate and fair educational programs to all students, including its English Language Learners (ELLs). Further, the Colbert County Board of Education adheres to all the rules and regulations governing the Alabama State Department of Education requirements to educate English Language Learners.
The purpose of the Colbert County Schools' English as a Second Language Program for English Language Learners is to enable EL students to become proficient in the understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of English. The program combines the implementation of accommodations and intervention strategies for ELs in the mainstream classroom and EL pull-out classes, in which students receive instruction in English language skills, as well as content area concepts, in order to prepare students to participate successfully in the regular academic program.
The instructional goals of the Colbert County Schools' English Language Program for English Language Learners are as follows:
-To enable students to develop competence in basic interpersonal communication skills (social language)
-To enable students to develop competence in the language of the content-area classroom (academic language)
-To help students develop background concepts and cultural literacy vital to their success in the academic classroom and their future roles in the world beyond the classroom (socio-cultural knowledge)
-To support home culture and language
-To reach English language fluency
Link to 2021-2022 Multilingual Learners Plan:
Link to 2021-2022 Spanish Multilingual Learners Plan: