The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program goals are to help students obtain English language proficiency and to meet age and grade appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation.
This program aids students to succeed socially and academically in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
The ESOL Program is federally mandated and was established to ensure equal access to the school system's instructional program for those students who have limited English proficiency.
Elementary students participate in mainstream classes and are scheduled ESOL instruction based on each student's proficiency levels and grade level. Small group instruction is designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English.
Middle and high school ESOL students spend a portion of their school day in courses taught by a highly qualified ESOL teacher. The scheduling of classes is based on the grade level and English language proficiency of the ESOL student.
Enrollment Procedures for English Language Learners
All students enrolling in Houston County schools are surveyed to determine language background other than English. ESOL instructional support will be provided after the student qualifies based on an English language proficiency test. Eligible students are then assigned to a school or cluster site in their residency zone.
Parents have the right to select ESOL program services, remove their child from the ESOL program upon request, or decline ESOL services.
The Houston County ESOL Program welcomes you to our web site! This site will provide you with information on curriculum, assessment, rules, etc. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this site for individuals working to provide high quality programs for limited English proficient students.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
The Internet TESL Journal
Dave's ESL Cafe
Georgia Department of Education