How MNPS Helps English Learners
The communities of Nashville, Tennessee are rich with diversity, and we at Metro Nashville Public Schools are lucky to have students from all over the world in our student body. However, integrating into a new country can be very difficult for our young learners and their families. Emotionally, the transition can take a toll, and language barriers make things all the more difficult. That’s why we have programs specially designed to help these young learners succeed in their new home.
Our English Learner (EL) programs are designed to promote cross-cultural education, facilitate emotional growth, and protect the cultural identity of our students. We offer carefully tailored programs and services for English Learners with all of the following language backgrounds:
English Learners (EL) Program At-A-Glance
The goal of our EL programs is to provide our international students with the help they need in order to progress through each grade level while simultaneously improving their English language skills. We work with our EL students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
We take a holistic approach to helping our EL students, meeting our students at their level of English comprehension—from early language learners with no English comprehension to those seeking fluency.. It can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years for EL students to become completely fluent in English, and we aim to make the process as seamless as possible. We focus on three main areas of English language acquisition and fluency:
- Classroom EL support as needed
- Additional academic speaking skills and vocabulary in the subjects of math, science, and social studies
- Social, emotional, and cultural support throughout the journey to English fluency
Every spring, our EL students take English exams. The results of these exams help us determine how well each child is progressing, and what (if any) changes need to be made in their EL support. The Metro Nashville Public School English Learners program has seen great success in helping international students excel in school and adjust into American society. However, our services do not end with our students. We also work with their families.
How We Support English Learner Families
We take great pride in the school programming we offer to our English Learners, but we recognize that in order to achieve success, we need to assist their families as well. Our EL Family programs include:
- English Classes For Adults
- Community Nights
- Legal Assistance
- Notary Public
- Parent Ambassadors
- Refugee Orientations
- Radio Support (Spanish Only)
The MNPS Office of English Learners in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, is seeking volunteer Parent Ambassadors for next school year. Parent Ambassadors mentor New American families new to Metro Schools on how to understand, navigate and succeed in the school system. They receive extensive training, and they share their wisdom and experience with parents from backgrounds similar to their own. The deadline to apply is May 19.
For more information on the programs that we offer to the parents of English Learners, and how to access those programs, go to our English Learner Family Programs page.