Please come visit your child’s ESOL classroom during Curriculum Night on September 1, 2016. I will be available from 6:30-7:30 PM to discuss English language proficiency scores (ACCESS), resources to help your child, and any other questions or concerns you may have. The ESOL classroom is located on the first grade hall in room 216. I hope to see you there!
Welcome to the WJES ESOL website! Please read below for the answers to some commonly asked questions about ESOL. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 654-2044, Room 216.
In addition to the educational links on the right, you can find more at the WJES EIP website. This link is located under both student and teacher/parent links. Just mouse over the links to get a brief explanation of their content.
What is ESOL?
ESOL stands for English to Speakers of Other Languages. ESOL is a program where English Learners (EL) work on the four components of English language development: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students usually receive one period of differentiated English instruction per day based on English language proficiency levels and needs. They are taught completely in English by a certified ESOL teacher, who may or may not speak the students’ native language.
How do students enter and exit the ESOL program?
When a student enters school, a parent or guardian must complete a home language survey. If the parent/guardian indicates that a language besides English is spoken in the home, the student is given an English language proficiency assessment. In Georgia, this assessment is known as WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). The results of this “screener” assessment determine the student’s initial eligibility for ESOL services. If the student qualifies for services, he/she is placed in the ESOL program and is assessed annually using the ACCESS for ELLs. This assessment is designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency and progress in English. The results of ACCESS determine whether a student continues with ESOL services or exits the program.
What happens once a student exits the ESOL program?
When a student exits ESOL, he/she will be monitored for two years following the exit date. This entails the ESOL teacher collaborating with any of the student’s teachers to ensure he/she is accessing and learning grade level material. Both directly served and monitored English language learners are eligible for testing accommodations. Once the two year monitoring period ends, the student is considered a former English language learner.
There will be an ESOL Parent University meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 10th. This will be prior to the 6:30 PM Parent University/PTO meeting. I will be available to discuss English language proficiency scores (ACCESS), resources to help your child, and any other questions or concerns you may have. The meeting will be in the ESOL classroom which is located on the first grade hall in room 216.
Following are some very informative webinars for families of English language learners. Their format uses slides accompanied by audio, and each webinar lasts about 15 minutes. These webinars can also be accessed through the WIDA website. Georgia is a member of WIDA, a consortium of states which advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.
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