English for Speakers of Other Languages
Although the number of English Speakers of Other Languages enrolled in schools in Santa Rosa District is relatively small, that number changes frequently as new families move into the area. The terminology used to refer to these students is sometimes confusing; an ESOL student and an English Language Learner (ELL) are one and the same. Typically ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is used to refer to the programs, while English Language Learners (ELLs) is the term applied to the students.
Twenty or more different languages are spoken by our English Language Learners including some of the following: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog , Korean, German, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, Punjabi, Pohnpeians, Chuukese, Portuguese, Thai, and French. Approximately half of Santa Rosa's ELLs speak Spanish.
This web page has been specifically designed with useful links for teachers who have ELLs in their classrooms.
Teaching Strategies - Check list of appropriate teaching strategies for ELLs Teaching Strategies should include modifications to meet the needs of English Language Learners. If you have an ELL student, you are obligated to provide intelligible instruction and to document that you did so. This check list should make that process easy.
ESOL Training Requirements for Teachers Training requirements for teachers are dictated by the 1990 Consent Decree issued by the United States District Court in the case of LULAC, et. al., vs. the Florida Department of Education. Every teacher in the state of Florida is bound by the requirements of the Consent Decree and State Statute when an English Language Learner is placed in the teacher's classroom. For experienced teachers already in the district, timelines for completion of training begin when the first English Language Learner (ELL) enters the teacher's classroom. According to the Decree, these teachers must complete ESOL training whether or not another ELL is ever placed in their classrooms. Failure to complete training jeopardizes the District's compliance with the court decree and may generate penalties.
New hires in Santa Rosa County sign a Preservice Agreement that delineates the required ESOL inservice and the timelines for completion. Meeting these requirements is a condition of continued employment.
District ELL Plan This plan, also available at the Bureau of Student Achievement Through Language Acquisition DOE website, outlines the policies and procedures of the District in providing services for our ESOL students in order to comply with the 1990 Federal Consent Decree for the State of Florida.