ESL teacher working with students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Bettendorf English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional program helps students become English proficient in the language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

BCSD 2022-2023 Lau Plan
for Serving English Language Learners




ESL Coordinator



ESL Teacher


Joni Geifman


It's our goal to help students to successfully participate in classroom learning situations and school activities outside of the classroom. Helping students to develop and/or reinforce positive attitudes toward self, science, and the community is another district goal of the ESL program. Although learning language and content at the same time may extend processing time, it is our goal to provide instruction and support for ELL to reach a proficiency level comparable to their English speaking peers. This includes developing an awareness of the language in the social setting and includes instruction on cultural behavior traditions in the American society.

ESL services are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

At all levels, ESL staff work with classroom teachers to coordinate English language activities. This coordination makes connections with the learning in the classroom with ESL instruction through content based instruction. ESL students’ learning needs are met by providing content instruction at their proficiency level. Differentiated instruction is used in the classroom to ensure that ELL students learn grade-level content. At all levels, lessons and materials are shared so that explicit instruction of English language skills can be incorporated in ESL lessons. At the middle and high school levels, ESL students have a class period or block of ESL everyday where English is taught through content area curriculum.


PBS Kids - -

ESL Kid Stuff -

ESL Cyber Listening Lab -

ESL Partyland -

Language Guide -

Internet Picture Dictionary -

Free Rice -

McDougal Littell Classzone -

RIF Reading Planet -


U.S. Department of Education -

ABCteach -

The Learning Site -

Iowa Department of Education -