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English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages

A teacher, teaching her students English.

St. Mary's County Public Schools offers services to English Learners (ELs). The goal of the ESOL program is to help students with limited or no English develop high levels of academic language proficiency in English and meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards that all Maryland students are expected to meet. 

​The policy of the ESOL Program is to present an integrated approach of the four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The program emphasizes learning English for effective participation in other classes. The education of the English Learner is the responsibility of the ESOL teacher, the classroom teacher, and the student.

ESOL Program Philosophy

The goal of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is to help the students with limited or no English proficiency learn enough English to function linguistically and culturally in the St. Mary’s County Public School System and in American society. In addition, the ESOL program emphasizes and focuses on helping the English Learner (EL) learn English for effective participation in other classes.

The ESOL program encourages and provides staff development opportunities so that all teachers can learn specific instructional strategies and effective standard practices for teaching the English Learner.

Program Description