Summer enrichment for ESL students is becoming more of a boost for schools struggling to meet the needs of new learners and give them a boost in getting comfortable with their new language.
In Lafayette, Louisiana, a dozen kindergartners were recently smelling a sliced onion and making faces in disgust.
“How does that SMELL?” asked Beth Thomas, the teacher leading the classroom. “Does that smell GOOD or BAD?”
Soon Thomas was preparing popcorn and tortilla chips while teaching words like “popping” and “crackle”. The young students were learning about “the five senses” at Broadmoor Elementary School’s summer enrichment program for English as a Second Language students.
Officials say that the need is rising to teach ESL students, as over 1,600 were eligible last year in K-12 classes. This is about 5 percent of Lafayette Parish’s 30,000 students.