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. As of September 2008, Santa Rosa School District had 120 English Language
Learners (ELL) enrolled in the ESOL Program in 24 schools. The terminology used
to refer to these special students is sometimes confusing; an ESOL student and
an English Language Learner are one and the same. Typically ESOL (English for
Speakers of Other Languages) is used to refer to the programs, while English
Language Learners is the term applied to the students.
Fifteen different languages
spoken by our English Language Learners include the following:
Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog , Korean, German, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Polish,
Punjabi, Pohnpeians, Chuukese, Portuguese, Thai, and French.
Meeting the needs of these students is a special challenge,
as well as a legal and moral responsibility. This web page has been especially
designed with useful links for teachers who have ESOL students in their
Teaching Strategies -
of appropriate teaching strategies for ESOL students
Teaching Strategies should include modifications
to meet the needs of ESOL students. If you have an
ESOL student, you are obligated to provide intelligible instruction and to document that
you did so.
This check list should make that process easy.
Requirements for Teachers/District ESOL In-service 06 07
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 ESOL student is placed in the teacher's
classroom. Timelines for completion of training begin when the first ESOL student enters the
teacher's classroom. According to the Decree, teachers must complete ESOL training whether or not another
ESOL student is ever placed in their classrooms. Failure to complete training jeopardizes
the District's compliance with the court decree and may generate penalties. This chart
summarizes ESOL training requirements for teachers.
ESOL Training Requirements and ESOL Testing Information 05-06
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.
forms in English, Spanish and other Languages
A listing of all ESOL forms in
English and Spanish that can be printed.
Web Resources: related to ESOL for teachers,
parents, and students are readily available.
The sites listed below contain games, projects, lessons, and exercises designed to
increase English language proficiency.
ESL-EFL Students (Free English Study)
Strategies and Resources
for Mainstream Teachers of English Language Learners
Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence
Teaching Secondary Language Minority Students
Free English Lessons
Bush Administration Launches Interactive, Bilingual
This website has online translating of English to other Languages
and visa versa.
This website contains translations
of documents: letters, form, etc. for the free/reduced price lunch program.
SALA - Bureau of
Student Achievement Through Language Acquisition DOE website.
The official DOE site for ESOL contains everything you could possibly want to know about
the Consent Decree, relevant Florida State Statutes, ESOL strategies and requirements.
ESL Home Page - Learning English on the Web.
This site, containing links to absolutely wonderful learning activities and materials for
English Speakers of Other Languages, is great for both teachers and students!
Web Links for Learners
- A comprehensive list of great resources.
Dave's ESL Cafe
- Information for ESL teachers and students including a
"Graffiti Wall" Information
for ESL teachers and students including a
This site features Lesson Plans,
teaching tips, This site features Lesson Plans,
teaching tips, downloadable This site features Lesson Plans,
teaching tips, downloadable
Information on web logs (blogs) and how to use them.
Advice to English
language students participating in exchange programs.
The Paperboy Online
Newspaper offers online links to Web Sites of newspapers around the globe.
provides links to the Web sites of radio stations worldwide.
maintains an online compilation of ideas for using Internet resources as a
language teaching tool.
This site provides In the
Classroom tool kits designed to bring research and practice together for those
involved in the education of English language learners.
TESL Journal, site for Teachers
of English as a Second Language
This site provides
Spanish speaking parents with the information they need to help their children
become more successful students.
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