The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) gives students who are classified as English Learners (EL) the opportunity to receive services that support their English language acquisition. Students will be placed in courses according to their English language proficiency. The English intensive instruction is designed with the goals to improve students’ English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At Jefferson Middle School, content area teachers and the ESL teacher employ best teaching practices and approaches based on the current research in English language acquisition. The ESL program objective is to develop competence in English while valuing the academic and cultural experience of the student.