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Framework for EL Programs: System of Continuous Improvement

Georgia’s System of Continuous Improvement frames the work of EL Language Programs. Daily English language instruction for EL students takes place within aCoherent Instruction System. Professionally-qualified ESOL teachers and school leaders teach and assess EL students as part of the Effective Leadership and Professional Capacity Systems. Schools reach out to engage EL parents and their families within the Parent & Family Engagement System, and EL students are provided with wrap-around, culturally-responsive services within the Supporting Learning Environment of schools.

Acronyms

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages. Students are assigned a level according to their English proficiency. Level one is the beginning level.

ELL – English language learner is a student who is learning English as an additional language.

ELL Plan – An Accommodations documentation for ELLs in the ESOL program. Required in Grades 2-12 for all levels of ESOL proficiency.

LEP – acronym for Limited English Proficient student.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program

Bulloch County Schools is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to every student. The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is designed to accelerate English acquisition for students whose first language is not English and to further assist them in becoming successful learners in the regular classroom.

We educate students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens and, as an ESOL program, our mission is to provide culturally and linguistically diverse students with opportunities for future success by fostering high standards for English literacy through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ESOL Program Goals

ESOL is the state-funded language instruction educational program for eligible English learners (ELs) in grades K-12 in Georgia public schools (Georgia School Law Code 1981, §20-2-156, enacted in 1985). ESOL language instruction is focused on developing EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) Standards aligned with the GSE guide the work of ESOL teachers. Differentiated instructional practices, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the language development needs of Georgia’s EL students are met. In ESOL language programs it is appropriate, when practicable, to use the student’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing limited English-proficient (LEP) parents with school-related information.

The goal of the ESOL language instruction educational program for EL students is to increase both English language proficiency (ELP) and academic language proficiency in content-area subject matter. Successful ESOL language programs focus on collaboration and shared accountability for the success of all EL students.