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English Language Development

To ensure all students can be successful, at Torrance Unified, we provide English learners with support until they become Fluent English Proficient (FEP). To acquire a new language, a person must understand what is being heard or read. It is a process that takes time. It takes approximately two years to become proficient with basic, everyday communication of a new language; it takes five to seven years to become proficient at an academic level. 

The major goals for the English Learner Program are to develop proficiency in the English language and to have access to the core curriculum. The instructional model for English learners (EL) is a program of Structured English Immersion (SEI) which takes place in all regular classrooms and/or support classes. All instruction is taught in English using primary language instruction and/or materials as support (when available). The program includes English Language Development (ELD) and subject areas taught in a way English learners can understand, also known as Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE). 

The participation in this program is only known by the student’s teachers and site administration. At the end of each school year, every EL student is re-evaluated to determine their English language ability.  The student will continue in the program until reclassified to Fluent English Proficient (FEP).

To learn more about the program and services for the English language learners in grades K-12 in the Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) download a copy of the TUSD English Learner Handbook for Parents and Staff

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