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Adult ESL Classes Flyer

Save the Date! Adult ESL Class Registration August 16 & 17
Click HERE to download the flyer for more information

Fifth Annual Bilingual Spelling Bee Spring 2015

Waller IS and Tomball ISD competed for the Regional Bilingual Speling Bee Championship on Saturday May 16, 2015 at 10:00am at Waller ISD Schultz Junior High Cafeteria. Elementary schools were represented. The Waller ISD Bilingual Spelling Bee is a competition full of excitement with a sprinkle of challenge and it is different from a standard spelling bee, Instead of being required to simply spell one word, a contestant must first spell a word in Spanish, then translate the word into English and finally spell the English word. As a parent, preparing your child for this competition takes dedication. Regardless the position in the contest, enriching the academic vocabulary of our children in both languages has a lifelong and invaluable reward. The purpose of the bilingual spelling bee is create a robust academic vocabulary in both English and Spanish to help our bilingual students to understand the relationship among vocabulary, reading, comprehension, and writing in order to be academically successful and a better social participant in our school community. (Anderson & Freebody, 1983) (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).

Waller ISD y Tomball ISD compitierón por el Campeonato Regional de Deletreo Bilingüe el Sábado 16 de Mayo a las 10:00am  en la cafeteria de Schultz Junior High de Waller ISD. El deletreo bilingüe es diferente al deletro tradicional de Estados Unidos llamado “Spelling Bee”, en lugar de deletrear una palabra solamente, aquí el concursante, debe de deletrear la palabra primero en Español, y entonces traducir la misma palabra y deletrearla en Ingles. Como Padre de familia, preparar a su niño para este concurso toma dedicación, pero sin importar la posición que obtenga en el concurso, enriquecer el vocabulario académico de nuestros niños como una recompensa invaluable que perdura por siempre. El objeivo del concurso de deletreo bilingüe es crear un vocabulario academico robusto en ambos idiomas para ayudar al estudiante bilingüe a entender la relación entre vocabulario, lectura, comprensión y escritura para que puedan llegar a ser exitosos academicamente y mejores participantes dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. (Anderson & Freebody, 1983) (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).

  Contact Us  

Waller ISD
Bilingual/ESL Department
2214 Waller Street
Waller, TX 77484

Phone: (936) 372-4043
Fax: (936) 372-5576


Jorge Alvarado

Jorge Alvarado
Director of Bilingual/ESL

ELL Coordinator

Teresa Cavazos
ELL Coordinator

Mary Pringle

Mary Pringle
Secretary of Bilingual/ESL

Working hard for graduation!
¡Trabajando duro para la graduación!
  District Programs and Services  
English as Second Language Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) is a Waller ISD pull out model approved by TEA and designed for English Language Learners (ELL) who are still acquiring English language proficiency. The ESL pull out model enables English Language Learners to become academically successful in the comprehension, reading, speaking, and composition of the English Language. Courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).  The ESL instructional program strives to meet the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of ELLs [19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f)(g)].
Bilingual Education Program

The Elementary Bilingual Early Exit Program will produce bilingual and biliterate students capable of being full and productive members of our global society. The bilingual education program in Waller ISD is a full-time program of instruction in which both the students' home language and English is used for instruction by providing a full-time bilingual teacher certified under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.061(b). The amount of instruction in each language within the bilingual education program in Waller ISD is commensurate with the students' level of proficiency in each language and their level of academic achievement. Addressing the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of English language learners.
The goals of the program shall be to:
  • Focus on both first and second language acquisition.
  • Provide culturally relevant curriculum that creates an atmosphere for learning and upgrading academic skills.
  • Provide a strong and commensurate English literacy component to prepare English Language Learners to take the STAAR test in English by third grade.
  • Provide an effective academic bilingual/bicultural program for all English Language Learners.
New Arrival Center Program
New Arrival Center (NAC) is a voluntary program at Waller High School in which students and parents choose to participate. The NAC program in Waller will receive recent immigrants and ELLs coming from other school districts with a beginning English proficiency level in their first or second US school year and do not show TELPAS progress. An ESL certified teacher will provide intensive English language instruction embedded into content activities and throughout specialized strategies and techniques (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2000). This program will accelerate ELLs’ English acquisition and cultural awareness. Daily lesson plans will be guided by English language proficiency standards objectives to address skills such as:
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Oral Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Cultural Awareness

The Bilingual Prekindergarten Program aimed at improving academic outcomes for our English Language Learners. Waller ISD provides optimal support of young children's cognitive and social development:
1. Rich language input.
2. Responsiveness to children's signal.
3. Maintaining and building on interests.
4. Fewer restrictions.
5. More choice providing strategies.
6. Monitoring children's behavior


Waller ISD Adult Education prepares our community to acquire English as Second Language and GED Diploma in order to ensure that adults who live in the city of Waller have the skills necessary to function effectively in our society and be a partnership at home for our students.

* ESL (With two classes Morning and Night)
*Literacy Center for Kids of Parents enrolled in Adult Classes (Only Night Class)

-- FALL Semester 2016 will start on September 1 and end in December  2016.
FOR REGISTRATIONS students must come to Waller Junior High Cafeteria on August 16 and 17, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
To reserve your spot access http://www.wcjc.edu/programs/adult-basic-education/index.aspx and click on AEL Registration Form
Contact our department to get further information.

Para reservar un lugar usted puede accesar a  http://www.wcjc.edu/programs/adult-basic-education/index.aspx y dar click en "AEL Registration Form"

UST is offering the opportunity to earn a Master of Education Degree in Bilingual/Dual Language. This is a cohort program in which you must attend class one night a week with 2 hours of additional work on-line. Waller ISD will host an information session on Wednesday December 1 at the Administration Building from 4:00 to 5:00 or you can contact Dr. Higinia Torres-Rimbau at rimbauh@stthom.edu. Click here to read more about this program!!

The on-line Bilingual and ESL Certification Prep Courses, offered by the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M University, can help Educators who participate in either of these continuing education courses to develop knowledge and skills for teaching English Language Learners (ELL). The Bilingual and ESL courses provide comprehensive coverage of the teacher competencies tested on the TExES Supplemental Examination Bilingual # 164 and ESL # 154. Scholarships are available for those who can qualify through Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development Department of Educational Psychology. Click here to learn more about these and other programs.

Bilingual/ESL Resources
TEA- Texas Education Agency has created this portal through the Limited English Proficient Student Success Initiative (LEP-SSI).
The purpose of this Web Portal is to provide resources, tools, and materials to support the education to English Language Learners (ELL's) and can be used by teachers, administrators, and parents.
Educators and parents can access through this portal: state requirements and initiatives, streamlined video lectures, differentiated classroom instruction video segments, best practices for ELL's approved by TEA, and other TEA sponsored resources.


Language Proficiency Assessment Committee / Comité de Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma (LPAC)
The Commissioner’s Rules Concerning the State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students state that all school districts that are required to provide bilingual education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs establish and operate a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC).

English Language Learners State Assessment


Texas English Language Learner Progress Measure

 ENGLISH: The Texas English Language Learner (ELL) Progress Measure provides performance expectations on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) content-area assessments for Texas ELL students. The ELL progress measure has been created specifically for Texas ELL students. It takes into account the time needed to acquire the English language and to fully demonstrate grade-level academic skills in English. The measure provides information to parents and teachers about the progress students have made even if they have yet to achieve Level II performance standards and pass the STAAR tests. Beginning in 2014, the ELL progress measure will be used for accountability, allowing campuses and districts to receive credit for ELL students who have made progress by achieving appropriate interim expectations each year until they reach the Level II performance standard on STAAR. The STAAR expectations take into account the level of English language proficiency ELL students possess, thus providing a more meaningful gauge of annual progress for these students than the STAAR progress measure.
ESPAÑOL: La medida de progreso para los estudiantes que están adquiriendo el idioma Ingles en Texas (por sus siglas en Ingles ELL) proveen las expectativas de desempeño del examen de Texas para la preparación académica (por sus siglas en Ingles STAAR) dentro de las materias de contenido académico para los estudiantes ELL de Texas. La medición del progreso para los ELL ha sido creada específicamente para los estudiantes ELL de Texas. Esta medición toma muy en consideración el tiempo que se requiere para adquirir el idioma Ingles y mostrar el máximo desempaño en Ingles. La medida proporciona información para padres de familia y maestros referente al progreso del estudiante aunque haiga logrado el estándar nivel II y pasado el STAAR. Iniciando el 2014, la medida del progreso de los ELL será parte del sistema de responsabilidades, permitiendo a los distritos y sus escuelas recibir crédito por los estudiantes ELL que progresen logrando alcanzar las expectativas de cada año hasta que logren el estándar nivel II en STAAR. Las expectativas de STAAR toman en consideración el nivel de fluidez del estudiante, por tanto la medición es más realista comparado a la medición del STAAR para los estudiantes que su primer idioma es el Ingles.

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