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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program helps students to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English and supports their content area learning.  Students with limited English proficiency are served by an itinerant ESOL teacher. These students may receive services on a pull-out or push-in basis depending on language proficiency test results and the grade level of the students.
ESOL Program Procedures
·         Students with a primary home language other than English are identified based on the Home Language Survey and assessed using the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) or the IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT).
·         Eligible students may receive assistance from the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. High quality content-based English instruction that is appropriate to students’ needs and abilities is provided in reading, writing, listening and speaking. A Parental Notification of Student Placement in the ESOL Programis sent home.
·         Teachers are required to make appropriate accommodations/modifications in the regular instructional program. ESOL students should be graded on their accommodated work and should not be failed due to their lack of English proficiency. An Individualized Modifications/Accommodations Plan (IMP) is completed and signed by the ESOL teacher and the classroom teacher(s).
·         Students will exit the ESOL program when ELDA test results (in 3rd grade or above) indicate that they are fluent. Exited students are monitored for two years to ensure that they are able to achieve academically without ESOL support.
·         Parents have the right to refuse ESOL services and a student will be removed from the ESOL program upon receipt of the signed Waiverform.
·         All students participate in yearly English language assessment, even if on a program waiver.
English Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
What is ELDA?
The ELDA is a state required assessment that measures language proficiency, including a child's level of comprehension, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. It consists of four tests designed to measure academic and social language proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Who takes ELDA?
All students in grades K-12 who are determined to have limited English proficiency - based upon the completion of a Home Language Survey and the initial assessment of their English proficiency - must take the ELDA each spring. This includes those students whose parents have waived direct ESOL services. Students with limited English proficiency must continue to take the ELDA until they have scored at Level 5, Fully English Proficient. The Level 5 score must be from the ELDA for grades 3-5 or higher test.
Language Proficiency Levels
Level 1:
Beginning to understand short utterances
Beginning to use gestures and simple words to communicate
Beginning to understand simple printed material
Beginning to develop communicative writing skills
Level 2:
Understands simple sentences, directions and questions
Uses appropriate strategies to initiates and respond to simple conversation
Understands the general message of basic reading passages
Composes short informative passages on familiar topics
Level 3: Intermediate
Understands standard speech delivered in school and social settings
Communicates orally with some hesitation
Understands descriptive material within familiar contexts and some complex narratives
Writes simple texts and short reports
Level 4:
Identifies the main ideas and relevant details of discussions or presentations on a wide range of topics
Actively engages in most communicative situations familiar or unfamiliar
Understands the context of most texts in academic areas with support
Writes multi-paragraph essays, journal entries and creative texts in an organized fashion with some errors
Level 5: Fully English Proficient
Understands and identifies the main ideas and relevant details of extended discussion or presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics
Produces fluent and accurate language
Uses reading strategies the same as their native English-speaking peers to derive meaning from a wide range of both social and academic texts
Writes fluently using language structures, technical vocabulary and appropriate writing conventions
ESOL State Standards
Instruction in the ESOL program aligns with the SC State Standards and Common Core State Standards.
   The student will:
·         Demonstrate pre/early English reading skills.
·         Understand key words and phrases in English.
·         Comprehend instructions written in English.
·         Determine the major elements of a text written in English.
·         Recognize important details in texts written in English.
·         Understand the content and the methodology used in texts written in English.
·         Determine the attitude or perspective of the author and/or the characters in a text written in English.
·         Analyze various writing styles and forms in English texts.
   The student will:
·         Demonstrate pre/early English writing skills.
·         Use graphic organizers or outlines to plan, organize and develop writing in English.
·         Write English compositions in a variety of forms.
·         Revise writing as well as that of others for logic, consistency and clarity.
·         Correct the grammar and mechanics of writing as well as that of others.
   The student will:
·         Comprehend instructions given orally in English.
·         Comprehend essential elements of oral discourse in such forms as speeches, conversations and texts read aloud in English.
·         Determine the attitude and/or perspective of a speaker who is using the English Language.
   The student will:
·         Establish conversational connections that express concrete information clearly in English.
·         Participate in conversation in English by making clear, logical and detailed responses.
·         Expand oral information logically and clearly in English.
·         Correctly and effectively convey his/her attitude and/or perspective in English conversations and other forms of oral communication.
SC State Standards
Common Core State Standards