ESL- English as a Second Language

Mrs. Zeynep Ciftci



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Mrs. Zeynep Ciftci

Hello! Merhaba! Hola! Bonjour! Hallo! Namaste! Salaam! Ciao! Ne hau! Ola!

I’m Zeynep Ciftci, known as Mrs. Zee, I am the ESL teacher at Jan Schiff Elementary.  I was born in the beautiful city of Istanbul, Turkey.  I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and have been living in Houston, Texas since 2002. I’ve been happily married for 16-years and have three beautiful children.  When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, running and playing soccer.

I graduated with Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  I started my teaching career at Houston ISD and taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades before I took a break to stay at home with my kids.  This is my fourth year at Schiff and I love being part of a great staff, wonderful students and awesome parents.  Schiff is one of a kind and I’m proud to make a small contribution to your children’s lives.

ESL Information

ESL (English as a Second Language) is provided to English language learners (ELLS) as an intensive program of instruction to accelerate acquisition of proficiency in English language and literacy. ESL instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and is accommodated to the student's level of proficiency in English as well as level of academic achievement. Lessons address comprehension, speaking, reading and composition of both oral and written English language. Instruction is provided through supplemental pull-out or content-based classroom instruction.

Student Eligibility Requirements

Identified as a non-English or limited-English speaker based on results of the Oral Language Proficiency State-Approved Test and/or the Iowa test
Approved by parents to participate in program after initial identification


Students will progress a minimum of one level of proficiency in English each school year.
Students will achieve a rating of Advanced High in proficiency in English within four years.
Students will meet the ESL program exit criteria and become fully integrated into the general education program.