What is ESOL?
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. The education of the ESOL student is a responsibility shared by the ESOL teacher, the classroom teacher, the student, and the parent/guardian.
The policy of the ESOL program is to present an integrated approach of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While the emphasis of a lesson may focus on one particular skill, other skills will also be incorporated.
Who may qualify for ESOL services?
*A student in grades K-12
*A student in a home where a language other than English is spoken or heard
Who should be contacted?
Contact the school secretary or guidance counselor who will then refer the student to the ESOL teacher.
What happens next?
The ESOL teachers look at:
- Home Language Survey
- Student/parent/guardian interview ·
- School records/transcripts/standardized test scores
- English proficiency test results
- Teachers' recommendations
Once the student's level of English proficiency has been determined and parent permission has been granted, direct instruction at each public school location will take place weekly in individual and/or group settings. The student will be instructed in English.
Who is responsible for teaching ESOL?
Specially trained and certified teachers who recognize and work with language differences provide intensive English language instruction.
Will the ESOL student be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as other students?
Yes! The program emphasizes learning English for effective participation in other classes.
How long does a student usually receive services?
A student generally receives services two to three school years or until English proficiency is achieved.
How can parents/guardians support the ESOL program?
Volunteer at school
Encourage the child at home by providing a place to study and showing an interest in school assignments
Promote reading in the home
What about ESOL classes for adults?
Evening classes are available through the St. Mary's County Public Schools Adult Education Program. For more information, please call 301-475-5511, ext. 32139