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English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning: Dr. Eric Payne Coordinator of Language Arts, 6-12, & ESOL: Dr. Amy Fouse ESOL Program Goals

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program goals are to help students obtain English language proficiency and to meet age and grade appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation. This program assists students to succeed socially and academically in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The ESOL Program is federally mandated and was established to ensure equal access to the school system’s instructional program for those students who have limited English proficiency.

Program Description

Elementary students participate in mainstream classes and receive ESOL instruction based on each student’s proficiency level and grade level. Small group instruction is designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English. Middle and high school students are scheduled into classes where they are provided extra language support. Some high school students also spend a portion of their school day in self-contained intensive English classes or content-based ESOL. All students participate in mainstream electives. The scheduling of classes is based on the grade level and English language proficiency of the ESOL student.

Enrollment Procedures for English Language Learners

All students enrolling in Houston County schools are surveyed to determine language background other than English. ESOL instructional support will be provided after the student qualifies according to the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). Eligible students are then assigned to a cluster site. English Learners are assessed annually on the state-adopted English proficiency measure (ACCESS) to determine continued eligibility. ACCESS=Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English Stateto-State). Parents have the right to select ESOL program services, remove their child from the ESOL program upon request, or decline ESOL services.

Languages Represented

Spanish Gujarati Vietnamese Chinese Korean Filipino, Tagalog German Arabic Russian Hindi Japanese Other Asian Other African Turkish Housa Amharic Hebrew Thai Other Indian Mayan Languages Swahili Englishes other than Standard American English Haitian Creole Portuguese Swedish Hmong Romanian Ukrainian Urdu

(as of 1/12)

Migrant Services All students enrolling in Houston County schools are surveyed to determine language background other than English. If any question on the Home Language Survey is answered with a language other than English, students must be screened for ESOL services. ESOL instructional support will be provided after the student qualifies based on an English language proficiency test. Parents have the right to select ESOL program services, remove their child from the ESOL program upon request, or decline ESOL services.

Acronyms

BICS: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency ELL: English Language Learners LAC: Language Assessment Conference LEP: Limited English Proficient PHLOTE: Primary Home Language Other Than English

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