The Brockton Public Schools offers a variety of programs for English Language Learners. At the elementary level, English language learners receive sheltered instruction in structured English immersion classrooms. In structured English immersion classrooms, all curriculum materials and instruction are in English, and native language may be used to help clarify concepts and skills when necessary. Teachers make use of specific teaching techniques that assist students in learning English and content skills and concepts. Immersion classrooms with native speaking teachers are available for Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. In immersion classrooms with low incidence populations, or in classrooms where the teacher does not speak the student's native language, native language support may be provided through teacher aides or liaison personnel.Brockton also offers a Two-Way program in Spanish and English at the Manthala George School.In the fall of 2016, Brockton will be piloting a Portuguese dual immersion program at the Oscar Raymond School.Both programs begin in kindergarten via a lottery and families may enter the lottery when they register their student for kindergarten in the spring.
At the junior high and high school levels, a variety of courses are available to English language learners. These include English as a second language, structured English immersion, and transitional bilingual education classes. English as a second language classes concentrate on the development of English language skills, including reading and writing. Immersion classes teach subject matter using instruction and instructional materials in English, and native language may be used to help clarify concepts and skills when necessary. Transitional bilingual education classes have instructors who speak the students' native languages and may use native language materials to support the attainment subject matter and English language competencies.