• English Learner Education


    The English Learner Education (ELE) program at Marlborough High School allows students who are in the process of acquiring social and academic English to participate in a program model that supports both their English language development and content knowledge development. This model is called Sheltered English Instruction (SEI). Each year, English language proficiency is assessed and academic success is reviewed in order to recommend appropriate placement in English Language Development (ELD) and Sheltered Content Instruction (SCI) classes. ELD classes are taught by EL teachers, and content instruction is delivered by teachers who hold certification in the different content areas, the SEI Endorsement and, at times, co-taught with an EL teacher. 

    The World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Development Standards serve as a basis for curriculum and instruction for EL students. English Language Development courses and electives are organized around four language domains identified in this document: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT


    INTRODUCTORY ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1 

    This course meets daily for 2 periods and is designed for students with little or no English proficiency and limited or interrupted formal schooling. This course familiarizes students with all aspects of school, and developing good study habits and skills. EL students at this level follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Basic interpersonal communicative skills in English are emphasized, while simultaneously introducing cognitive academic language proficiency skills. This course satisfies an English graduation requirement. 

    PREREQUISITE: A score of a 1 on the WIDA Screener and limited or interrupted formal schooling.

    Full year course - Two full periods: 8 Credits

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1 (LEVEL 1) 

    This course meets daily for two periods and is designed for students with little or no English proficiency. In addition to being an orientation program to familiarize students with all aspects of the school, EL students at this level follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Basic interpersonal communicative skills in English are emphasized, while simultaneously introducing cognitive academic language proficiency skills. This course satisfies an English graduation requirement. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 1. 

    Full year course - Two full periods: 8 Credits

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2 (LEVEL 2)  

    This course meets daily for two periods and is designed for students with emerging English proficiency. EL students at this level follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Basic interpersonal communicative skills in English are emphasized, while simultaneously introducing cognitive academic language proficiency skills. This course satisfies an English graduation requirement. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 2 and completion of English Language Development 1.  

    Full year course - Two full periods: 8 Credits

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 3 (LEVEL 3) 

    This course meets daily for one period and is designed for students with developing English proficiency. EL students at this level follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Cognitive academic language proficiency skills in English are emphasized. Students are expected to handle increasingly complex reading materials and academic tasks.  

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 3 and completion of English Language Development 2. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 4/5 (LEVELS 4/5)  

    This course meets daily for one period and is designed for students with expanding English proficiency. EL students at this level follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. This course is designed for students who have mastered social language, but are focusing on complex academic language and are near exiting the EL program. Critical thinking skills, process writing, interactive learning, and participation in oral discussions are stressed. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 4 or 5 and completion of English Language Development Level 3. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (LEVELS 1/2)  

    This course meets daily for two periods and is designed for students who have passed their ELD 1 or 2 class, but do not meet the English Proficiency requirements for the next level. EL students in this class follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Basic interpersonal communicative skills in English are emphasized, while simultaneously introducing cognitive academic language proficiency skills. This course satisfies an English graduation requirement. 

    PREREQUISITE: By EL Coordinator recommendation only

    Full year course - Two full periods: 8 Credits

     

    INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (LEVELS 3/4) 

    This course meets daily for one period and is designed for students who have passed their ELD 3 OR 4 class, but do not meet the English Proficiency requirements for the next level. EL students in this class follow a curriculum that includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing as outlined in the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Cognitive academic language proficiency skills in English are emphasized. Students are expected to handle increasingly complex reading materials and academic tasks.  

    PREREQUISITE: By EL Coordinator recommendation only

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    MATH FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS


    SEI COLLEGE PREP FUNDAMENTALS OF ALGEBRA A 

    This course is designed for students with little or no English proficiency and limited or interrupted formal schooling. It provides students with the necessary foundational skills to be successful in Algebra. Students explore the real number system and the language of Algebra. An emphasis is placed on the continued study of place value, integers, fractions, decimals, order of operations, proportional relationships, variables, expressions, equations, and basic geometry concepts. There is a focus on developing students’ language of math while learning these concepts.  

    PREREQUISITE: A pretest indicating Math level, English language proficiency level 1, and limited or interrupted formal education. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    SEI COLLEGE PREP FUNDAMENTALS OF ALGEBRA B

    This course provides EL students with the necessary foundational skills to be successful in Algebra. Students explore the real number system and the language of Algebra. An emphasis is placed on the continued study of place value, integers, fractions, decimals, order of operations, proportional relationships, variables, expressions, equations, and basic geometry concepts. There is a focus on developing students’ language of math while learning these concepts.  

    PREREQUISITE: A pretest indicating Math level and English language proficiency level 1 or 2. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    SEI INTEGRATED MATH 1

    This course provides a deep understanding of concepts from Algebra 1 along with application of geometric theorems and ideas. Students will study algebraic topics such as equations/inequalities, functions/graphs, linear functions, systems of equations, and statistics. Among the geometric topics studied are points, lines, and planes; triangles, polygons, and circles; angles and parallel and perpendicular lines. Students also study surface area, and volume. Additional topics may be added as needed to help students prepare for the yearly MCAS test. There is a focus on developing students’ language of math while learning these concepts.

    Full Year Course: 4 Credits

     

    SEI INTEGRATED MATH 2

    This course provides a continued deep understanding of concepts from Algebra 1 along with application of geometric theorems and ideas. It is intended for students who have successfully completed SEI Integrated Math 1. Students will study algebraic topics such as polynomials, quadratic functions, exponential functions, absolute value functions, and probability. Among the geometric topics studied are right triangles, trigonometry, similarity, and 3d measurement. Additional topics may be added as needed to help students prepare for the yearly MCAS test.  There is a focus on developing students’ language of math while learning these concepts.

    Full Year Course: 4 Credits

     

    SEI MATH SUPPORT

    This course is intended to assist students who are struggling with foundational skills. The course will offer tutorial support, basic skills review and development, pre-teaching of new concepts along with re-teaching those concepts which students still struggle with. The course is intended to increase students’ understanding and comfort level with key algebraic concepts by reviewing regularly throughout the year. SEI Math Support will be taught in partnership with an SEI Math course.

    PREREQUISITE: Student must be enrolled in SEI Integrated Math 1 or 2

    Semester Course: 2 Credits

     

    HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS


    FUNDAMENTALS OF CIVICS A

    This course is designed to introduce EL students with limited or interrupted formal schooling  to the framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of American government while taking into consideration the language of social studies and developing students in the area of civic literacy. EL students continue working on listening, speaking, reading, and writing as they learn English through content. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 1 and limited or interrupted formal education.

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    FUNDAMENTALS OF CIVICS B

    This course is designed to introduce EL students to the framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of American government while taking into consideration the language of social studies and developing students in the area of civic literacy. EL students continue working on listening, speaking, reading, and writing as they learn English through content. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 1.

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    SEI COLLEGE PREP WORLD HISTORY  

    Through sheltered English instruction techniques, students study the rise of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They study the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They explain the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Finally, students study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic and religious conflict in many parts of the world. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 2. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    SEI COLLEGE PREP UNITED STATES HISTORY I  

    Through sheltered English instruction techniques, students build upon their foundation of civic literacy. Students study the establishment of political parties, economic & social reforms, and westward expansion. Students also learn about the growth of sectional conflict, how sectional conflict led to the Civil War, the consequences of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the growth of big business. Throughout the first semester, students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States. They learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. Students also study the basic framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of American government such as popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights. Students study the three branches of government, key amendments to the US Constitution, and state/local government. In addition, students examine specific elections both current and historical. In addition, Massachusetts history and American culture and civics are integrated into the curriculum. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 2. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    SCIENCE FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS 


    FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY A 

    This course is designed for students with little or no English proficiency and limited or interrupted formal schooling. It is designed to strengthen students' competence in science while taking into consideration the language of science and developing students in that area. This course also further prepares students for the Biology MCAS by including the specific topics of cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution and ecology. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 1 and limited or interrupted formal schooling. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits




    FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY B

    This course is designed to strengthen students' competence in science while taking into consideration the language of science and developing students in that area. This course will also further prepare them for the Biology MCAS by including the specific topics of cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution and ecology.

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 1. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    SEI COLLEGE PREP BIOLOGY  

    Through sheltered English instruction techniques, students are exposed to and participate in the specific topics of the chemistry of life, cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. Other topics, such as biotechnology, are covered during the year. The format of the course includes lecture, laboratory, discussion, reading, writing, and other methodologies. This course prepares students to successfully pass the Biology MCAS test. 

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 2.

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    SEI COLLEGE PREP PHYSICS

    Through sheltered English instruction techniques, students study the fundamental laws of physics occurring in the world around them, stressing both conceptual and mathematical interpretations. Students study motion and its causes and effects in units focused on velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, and energy. The study of energy expands into a unit on mechanical and electromagnetic waves. This is followed by the study of static electricity, current electricity, and magnetism. Skills focus on laboratory procedure, algebraic manipulations, graphical interpretations, and project based learning. This course prepares students to successfully pass the Physics MCAS test.

    PREREQUISITE: English language proficiency level 2.

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    WORLD AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS


    LATIN AS A BRIDGE

    This class is designed for English learners who wish to further expand their acquisition of English vocabulary and grammar. The class focuses on the commonalities between Latin, English, and the Romance languages and uses these to reinforce the structure of the English language. This course supports students as they prepare for the English Language Arts MCAS.

    Full year course: 4 Credits