Ms. Hasson – ESOL Rm 211
Hello ! Welcome to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)!
The mission of The Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School is to encourage students to think globally and act locally.
As part of that mission, the school strives to meet the needs of the diverse community. The ESOL program is an essential part of this community. The staff in the ESOL department works hard to ensure that students for whom English is not a first language are receiving the services and academic opportunities that make this school community so special and unique.
Who are ELLs (English Language Learners)?
ELL students are important members of the Richard Allen community. They may have come to our ESOL program for many reasons. The reasons students are identified as ELLs may include:
-Previous education in a language other than English.
-Students born outside the U.S. whose native language is not English.
-Students who use a language other than English at home.
What is ESOL?
ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages, is a program to help students with English language issues achieve at their ability level.
What are the goals of the ESOL Program?
The ESOL program was created to meet state and district academic standards. These goals were created to help ELLs become proficient in English. Both academic and social language skills are taught in a supportive learning environment. In addition to these goals, ESOL teachers work to help students participate and achieve in the content classroom of their grade level.
How are students placed in the ESOL Program?
The Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School follows the regulations and guidelines stated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Information on these regulations and guidelines can be found by clicking here.
For students to be placed in the program, first they have to be identified as ELLs. Parents or guardians new to the school complete a Home Language Survey. (For more information on the Survey, follow the link:http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/measurements,_standards___policies/7531.
Based on the answers on the Home Language survey, the ESOL teacher will determine if testing for placement in the ESOL program is necessary. If so, the new students will take an English language test called the WIDA Screener (WIDA-Access Placement Test). This test is sponsored by WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment -http://www.wida.us/). This test is used to measure students’ abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The scores on this test determine if the students are placed in the ESOL program.
If students transfer from another school district in Pennsylvania, information from the previous school district will be used to determine if the students should be placed in the ESOL program. For example, results from the ACCESS test or a previous WIDA Screener test will be used. If students did not attend a Pennsylvania school, other standardized test scores and grades can be used to determine placement in the ESOL program. If students enroll from a school outside the United States, they will be tested with the WIDA Screener (http://www.wida.us/assessment/w-apt/).
The scores are based on the WIDA scale:
Students in grades 1-12 with a composite score of 4.7 or above do not require ESOL services. Students with a score below 4.7 will be placed in the ESOL program. A letter will be sent to the students’ families informing them of placement.
What services will a student receive in the ESOL program?
Students placed in the ESOL program will receive instruction to meet their needs. The instruction includes skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The goal of the program is to assist the students in acquiring skills necessary to function in the content classroom. In addition, students receive support with their content classes.