English for Speakers of Other Languages
The Quality Basic Education Act provides for the creation of programs designed to help Limited English Proficient students. These programs develop skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the English language. All instruction is given in English.
Goals of the ESOL Program
- ESOL teacher works in partnership with the classroom teacher to ensure students are acquiring language and content skills.
- ESOL program promotes each child's appreciation of himself/herself as a person capable of a wide variety of intellectual and physical activities.
- ESOL Program encourages students' positive recognition of the ways people from various cultures are the same, as well as the ways they are different from one another.
- ESOL program provides a low anxiety environment in which the learners of the English language, regardless of proficiency level, can feel free to take risks in language learning and can understand that mistakes often provide excellent learning tools.
- ESOL Department at Ridgeview Charter School provides a sheltered program for ESOL students. Students are tested and placed at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level of instruction in Language Arts. Ridgeview also offers sheltered classes in Science, Social Studies and Mathematics for beginning level students.
ACCESS for ELLs is administered, annually, to all English language learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandate requiring states to evaluate ELL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.
ACCESS for ELLs is used to determine the English language proficiency levels and progress of ELLs in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
ACCESS for ELLs five main purposes:
- Determine the English language proficiency level of students
- Provide districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESOL programs
- Provide information that enhances instruction and learning in programs for English language learners
- Assess annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument
- Provide data for meeting federal and state requirements with respect to student assessment