ESL Services for ELL Students

English Language Learners have very challenging and specific needs. These needs are being met under the direction of the general education teacher with the assistance of our Learning Strategy Teachers (ESL) and Educational Assistant/ESL.

It takes most students 1-3 years to acquire Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and 3-7 years to develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). The length it takes students to acquire English varies a great deal. There are many different variables that affect the language acquisition process, including time in school, access to rigorous research-based instruction, background knowledge, years in the country, age/grade, and language level (see below). As students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, they increase participation in their educational environments. Our goal is to provide our students with the necessary strategies to successfully increase language acquisition.

Contact Us

Keli Melcher
Director of Student Services
608-877-5041
keli.melcher@stoughton.k12.wi.us

Jenny Geishert
Administrative Assistant
608-877-5042
jenny.geishert@stoughton.k12.wi.us

Amy Moll
Inclusion Support Teacher
608-877-5044
amy.moll@stoughton.k12.wi.us

Amy Ruck
Inclusion Support Teacher
608-877-5035
amy.ruck@stoughton.k12.wi.us
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