English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language ( ESL )
English as a Second Language follows the State of Tennessee ESL Curriculum Framework adopted by the State Board of Education on July 18, 1997. Instruction begins where student needs begin, perhaps with basic survival skills, teaching name, address, phone number, how to ask directions to the bathroom and drinking fountain. Instruction in standard English continues in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding spoken English. American cultural practices, customs, and mores are discussed.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute which provides that: ‘No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States … shall solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. (29 USC 794)