Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The ESL program in Baldwin County offers a combination of self-contained services, inclusion services and pull-out services for all limited-English proficient students. In addition, support services are provided to all classroom teachers. Students are placed in the ESL program based upon their performance on an English language proficiency test of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, upon their academic achievement and other formal and informal measures. Depending upon the grade level and ability level of the individual students, ESL services are provided to meet specific needs. A combination of strategies is used to teach English: whole language, phonics, oral language skills, cooperative learning, and integrated reading. Emphasis is placed upon the development of the four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
There are currently more than 700 English Language Learners enrolled in Baldwin County Public Schools. These students are served by 20 ESL Resource Teachers and 4 ESL Instructional Aides.