Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is ESOL?
ESOL stands for English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is the instructional program that assists students in learning English (speaking, reading, writing, and listening).
How does a student qualify for ESOL?
If the Home Language Survey indicates that the student speaks a language other than English the ESOL teacher will administer the W-APT. W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test™. It is used to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. It allows us to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services, and if so, at what level. The W-APT was developed by the WIDA Consortium.
Why should my child participate in the ESOL program?
Acquiring social and academic (school) language is a long process. Your child may appear fluent in English yet struggles to read and write. As your child goes through school the language content and skills continue to get more difficult.
How can I help my child?
Parents are encouraged to become active members of their child’s school. You can help by:
• Visiting the classroom and the ESL teacher.
• Participating in school programs and activities
• Helping your child with school assignments.
How long does it take to learn English?
All students learn at different rates. Although students may be proficient in spoken language in a few years, acquiring full academic language proficiency in English often takes five to ten years.
Should I stop speaking my native language at home and speak English only?
No, children are encouraged to continue to develop their first language as they acquire English.