Teachers in Waterbury are trying to be more resourceful and creative when it comes to educating children who do not speak English as a first language.
English learners in the classroom at Crosby High in Waterbury
There are more than 2,800 English as a second language learners in the district, according to school officials. Spanish and Albanian are the other dominant languages in the city.
“As an ESL teacher you’re very dramatic, you act things out, you color code, you put things in two different languages sometimes to make sure that students are understanding what you’re saying,” said Pamela Loh, a teacher at Wilby High School.
Students in Waterbury Public Schools are simultaneously learning on the computer in class and at home.
The biggest challenges English learners often face is interpreting the directions, Loh said. So it takes extra effort and one-on-one support to