English Language Learners

Calvin Nelms English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.

This program is available to students whose home language survey at initial enrollment in Texas public schools indicates that a language other than English is used most often in the home, districts are required to assess that child’s English proficiency to determine if the child shall be identified as an English learner.

The ESL program enables English learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the integrated use of second language acquisition methods and linguistically and culturally responsive teaching. The ESL program emphasizes the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science, and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable English learners to participate equitably in school. The ESL program curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). Program services in Texas are provided in some cases in the child’s primary language and English (bilingual education) or through instruction that is delivered in English using second language acquisition methods (ESL). 

Helpful Parent resources: 

Tips for Families with English Learners
English / Spanish/ Vietnamese / Arabic

Internet Providers: Keeping Families Connected
English  / Spanish

Links for Parents:
English / Spanish