Curriculum Connections→ ESOL

ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)

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Our Team

  • Ms. Darcy Iordan
  • Mrs. Carrie Kraynak
  • Mrs. Pam Peterson
  • Mrs. Stacy Robertson
  • Ms. Chanru Tsai

English Language Classes for Adults  

 

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Important Information About our ESOL Program

 

We will focus our instruction on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. These Measurement Topics will appear on the report card for ESOL students. Many of the concepts and skills we teach are similar to what the students learn in their classrooms, but we focus on language skills, such as grammar and vocabulary.

Please check your child’s backpack and Wednesday folder for the letter Notification of Placement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program. Please check a box, sign the letter, and return it to school as soon as possible. We send these letters home every year to students continuing to receive ESOL instruction and to students who were recently tested and qualified for ESOL services. This letter indicates your child’s current ESOL level. We will also send home the CAN DO Descriptors, which explains the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills expected at each proficiency level.

All ESOL students and ESOL Level 10 students will take the annual language assessment in January and February. We will give you more information on this before testing begins.

Acronyms

  • ESOL- English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • EL- English Learner
  • REL- Reclassified English Learner (exited from the ESOL program within two years)
  • ESOL Level 10- These students no longer receive ESOL services because parents declined ESOL services on the letter. They will take the annual language assessment each year until they reach proficiency. Then they will become RELs.

Please contact your child’s ESOL teacher if you have any questions.

Level Abbreviation Description
5- Bridging BRI Knows and uses social and academic language working with the grade level material
4- Expanding EXP Knows and uses social English and some technical academic language
3- Developing DEV Knows and uses social English and some specific academic language with visual support
2- Emerging EM Knows and uses some social English and general academic language support with visual support
1- Entering EN Knows and uses minimal social language and minimal academic language with visual support

Should you have any questions about the score report you receive, please contact the ESOL team at Flower Hill Elementary School.

ESOL Grades on the Report Card

We teach and assess ESOL students on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. They will receive grades for each of these skills on their report card. We will use the proficiency levels to assess them.

ESOL Proficiency Levels
Level 1- Entering
Level 2 - Emerging
Level 3 - Developing
Level 4 - Expanding
Level 5 - Bridging

Please contact your child’s ESOL teacher if you have any questions.

Our Goal

The goal of the ESOL program is to help the English Language Learners learn enough English to function linguistically and culturally in the Montgomery County Public Schools and in the mainstream of American society.

Our Mission

MCPS ESOL Program Mission: To provide high quality instruction, assessment, counseling, and parent outreach activities that enable English language learners and American Indian students to demonstrate successful academic performance across all curricular areas.

Our Vision

To promote the effective instruction of all English language learners across the curriculum to enable them to acquire the social and academic English needed to achieve in all content areas, pre K-12.

Websites of Interest

 

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3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students: