Lesley and Somerville join together for English instruction

October 28, 2013 by  

The Somerville public schools recently announced that, for the third year in a row, the students in the master’s degree program at Lesley University in Cambridge will have the chance to get experience of teaching English as a second language to students in the neighboring Somerville public schools. No doubt the University is using flyer printing to let these graduates become aware of the opportunity and to provide more information about the program.

As part of the initiative, five resident interns in the Elementary Education Urban Initiative program at Lesley will be teaching in the Sheltered English Immersion and Unidos classrooms at Somerville.

The Sheltered English Immersion Program is for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who speak any language other than English. In the program, students learn English as a second language and also get instruction in content areas, such as science, math, and social studies. In the Unidos program, half the students learn Spanish as a second language, while the other half does the same with English.

The Elementary Education Urban Initiative program at Lesley is a collaborative initiative that enables students to receive initial licensure in both English as a Second Language and Elementary Education, grades 1 through 6, in the Massachusetts system of public schools.

According to the Somerville Public Schools, three of the students who taught in the school system last year as part of the program are now full time teachers in the district.

A promotional video can be seen on the Lesley University website.