English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

    ESL is intensive English language instruction given by teachers trained in recognizing and working with language differences. ESL programs provide instruction that develops oral and written comprehension as well as reading and writing in English. ESL programs teach math, science and social studies using strategies and methodologies appropriate for second language acquisition.

    Teachers are appropriately certified by the state of Texas to teach ESL. State adopted ESL materials are provided to help students learn through proven methods. The focus is on learning English for effective participation in other classes.

    The ESL program uses the academic and cultural experience of the student as a platform to provide the appropriate instruction in English.

    Students in Pre-Kindergarten through high school who speak or hear a language other than English in their home and who have difficulty in English are eligible. All campuses in PFISD offer ESL (English as a Second Language).