ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. The program is designed to help ELs develop academic and social English language proficiency. Georgia is a member state of the WIDA Consortium.
ESOL teachers integrate the WIDA English Language Development Standards (ELDs) with the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Using state-approved ESOL delivery models (Push-in, Pull-out, and Sheltered Courses), ESOL teachers collaborate with regular education teachers to differentiate standards-based instruction. They provide proficiency-appropriate scaffolding and language supports that will help ELs develop communicative confidence and skills in each of the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Regular education teachers also accommodate these student’s instructional and assessment needs, providing a culturally-responsive classroom environment where ELs first language and culture are valued and where they feel safe to participate in and can take full advantage of all learning opportunities.