ESL Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the Academy School District 20 ESL program is to promote a safe, encouraging learning environment for all English language learners. Implementation of research-based methods by our highly qualified instructors and paraprofessionals contributes to measurable growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as in all content areas.


ESL Teacher

Alexis Hafner Abbot

Phone: (719) 234-2145



ESL Teacher

Jill Carlton

Phone: (719)234-2145




 ESL Program

All English Language Learners (ELLs) are provided with classes which offer full academic credit in English and Social Studies at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced English proficiency levels. The emphasis of these classes include:
  • developing skills in understanding, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking in English
  • providing whole class and individual instruction
  • providing the same content/curriculum experienced by all District 20 high school students while developing English proficiency
The average high school student schedule consists of eight classes per semester. ELLs students take mainstream classes and one to four ESL classes. ESL class size ranges from seven to fourteen students.
Students are provided with direct help in their other academic classes when necessary. The ESL teacher regularly consults with classroom teachers to help students with their courses and contacts counselors to plan the transition from high school into further education or careers.

 ESL Community Resources

English Language Institute, Pikes Peak Community College
They offer classes for non-native speakers of English. The classes are for people who are
interested in improving their ability to read, write, and speak English
District Twenty Adult ESL Classes
Classes for Adult ESL learners
Family Literacy and ESL classes, District #11
Adult and family ESL classes offered days or nights

​Foreign Language Center
Paid service, provides interpreters, instruction and translation of documents

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Classes for those interested in teaching TESOL or ESL
University of Phoenix, Colorado Springs
Classes for those interested in teaching TESOL or ESL

 Websites to Learn and Practice English

English Practice - Learn and Practice English

ESL Fast - Learn and Practice Vocabulary

American English Pronunciation Practice- Learn and Practive Vocabulary

Fun Easy English- Learn and Practice English

Activities for ESL Students - Activities for ESL Students (Bilingual Quizzes/Crossword Puzzles/Podcasts & YouTube)

ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Listening Quizzes, Life Tips, Long Conversations with RealVideo

English Page - Free Online English Lessons and ESL Resources

Everything ESL - K through 8 Website for ESL Students

English Media Lab - Video LEssons, Exercises, Games/Puzzles and More

General ESL Resources- General ESL Resources

 Translate Websites

Google Translate - Translates words from one language to another using audio

Prompt-Online - Translates words from one language to another

SDL Free Translation - Translates words from one language to another