LaGrange, Ga., July 5, 2017 – This summer, Troup County School System (TCSS) hosted the English Language Learners Summer Academy for over 50 English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students within the county. Within TCSS, 18 languages are spoken so it is important to provide a learning environment where students of other languages can learn together in various settings while using engaging methods to help them connect to the English language.
The summer learning enrichment took place at Ethel W. Kight Elementary for two weeks. The focus of instruction was reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English language. The ESOL Academy staff used a strength-based curriculum model to build attendee’s literacy and language resilience skills side-byside. The seven tiers of learning focused on:
• Hope Thomas Moat, TCSS ESOL Instructor stated, “These seven core ideas center literacy learning around children’s own stories and connect reading and writing experiences back to their own lives; making it more relevant to them. We know that by valuing and celebrating each child’s strengths and stories, the curriculum improves social and emotional development.”
Moat noted that all these combined learnings are essential for making the students feel fully ready for success in school and healthy relationships, and builds engagement with a supportive community of readers and writers. The culminating activity for the students resulted in visiting the local Butts Mill Farms where they were able to practice the skills taught in class through a real-world environment.
About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 12,200 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system boasts eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that help them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2016 graduation rate rose 5.5 percentage points to 76.9 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.