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English Language Learners

Curriculum and Instruction

Coming Soon: 14 ESL Model Curriculum Units, Foundational Levels

For the past year, a statewide Planning Committee has been meeting to develop ESL Model Curriculum Units (ESL MCUs). The ESL MCUs take a functional approach to language teaching and are organized around the WIDA Key Uses of Academic Language and the key academic practices embedded in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

ESL units are focused on systematic, explicit, and sustained language development within an academic context. Each ESL MCU connects to key linguistic demands from an existing content area MCU (ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science), but the primary purpose of these ESL units is that of focused and dedicated language study. These ESL MCUs are not the same as SCI content units.

The ESL MCUs, an ESL Curriculum Resource Guide, ESL MCU Facilitator Training, and other supports are expected to be rolled out in the summer of 2016.

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A sneak peek of one of the units in action
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Next Generation ESL Project Frequently Asked Questions

Other Useful Resources:

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Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (CCSSO)
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Understanding Language group from Stanford University (ELL policy and instruction)


Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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