ESOL: English for Speakers of Other LanguagesThe English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)program at Battlefield High School is self-contained and content-driven. The courses available to students in the ESOL program focus on English Learners’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as their content knowledge and use of study,test-taking, research and technology skills. Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, level 1 to level 5, including those who are also considered English Learners with Disabilities (EL SWD)receive direct instruction in English and academic content to develop their language competency and meet academic content standards in order to fulfill the county and state graduation requirements. English Learners who are level 6, and those students who have opted out of the program, take mainstream classes and are not federally required to receive any direct instruction from the ESOL staff. Their progress however, is monitored and their proficiency level is evaluated every spring to determine proper placement and/or re-entry into the ESOL program.
Aside from the self-contained ESOL I, ESOL 2, ESOL 3, ESOL 4, Advanced ESL 4 Reading and Writing, and ESOL Adjunct English classes currently in place, Battlefield also offers several sheltered and co-taught courses, including: English 9, English 10, English 11, Algebra 1,Geometry, World History I, US/VA History, US/VA Government, Earth Science and Biology. These courses are taught by mainstream content area teachers and ESOL certified teachers, by ESOL teachers with certification in the content areas of math, science or history, or by content teachers trained in EL techniques and knowledge of second language acquisition research and instructional strategies.
All English Learners (ELs)at Battlefield are welcome to take advantage of after school tutoring sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, or at the discretion of the two full-time ESOL teachers on staff, and the content area teacher strained in EL techniques. Battlefield’s ESOL team works closely with everyone on staff to ensure that all English Learners have a positive,welcome and successful academic school year!
Common ESOL Program AcronymsStudents are referred to as:
EL English Learner ELL English Language Learner
EL SWD English Learners with Disabilities LEP Limited English Proficient
Level of English Proficiency: ELP English Language Proficiency
Courses taught to ELs focus on:
ELD English Language Development (English Language) & SI Sheltered Instruction (Content)
Successful Classroom Accommodations Provided to English Learners Levels 1 to 5/Opt-Outs
Instructional Accommodations Testing Accommodations
Use of simple language Audio/read aloud
Seating near the board and/or teacher Clarification of directions
Modeling/pointing/use of gestures Use of bilingual and/or English dictionary
Study buddy or partner
Visuals and graphic organizers
Bilingual dictionary/electronic translator
Copy of lectures/notes/presentations
Extended time on written assignments
Simplification of oral/written directions
Highlight key vocabulary/word walls
Pencil-paper assignments for students with limited (or no) computer access
Opportunities to re-take quizzes/tests