The International Newcomer Center (INC) accommodates approximately 30 – 80 middle-school level students with two teachers and two specialists in English as a Second Language (ESL). Students in the INC come from countries all over the world, including Myanmar (Burma), Afghanistan, Tanzania, Malaysia, and Thailand. An ideal class size would be up to 15 students, but could vary on the number of refugees enrolling in Milwaukee Public Schools. MPS enrolls dozens of immigrant and refugee children each year, seeing an influx of Somali and Rohingya children in the past ten years, as families flee their troubled countries and seek a new life.
Students in the International Newcomer Center participate in learning journeys and other opportunities to enhance their academic achievement. View stories and photos of our various field trips in the stream, news tab, and our Facebook page.
Students in the Newcomer Center are taught using a method called Sheltered Instruction. This teaching method involves scaffolding, visuals such as picture dictionaries and realia, and both content and language objectives.
Below is a list of websites essential in understanding and teaching English Learners. These sites are highly beneficial for teachers, and are also helpful for students and families in appreciating ELs’ unique backgrounds.