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Contributed on February 10, 2012 12:18 PM

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ESOL Staff

Liz Steinbaugh
ESOL Teacher

Nancy Shaw
ESOL Teacher

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program designed to help students become proficient in the English language. The program provides intensive instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and spelling. All teaching is in English. The goal of the ESOL program is to teach children English in order for them to become successful in the classroom.

The ESOL program at Jackson Elementary School serves students in grades K through five. If a language other than English is spoken most of the time by the student or in the home, the child is referred to the ESOL teacher for evaluation. If the child qualifies, the program is then offered to the family. Children in the ESOL program are placed in the regular classroom. They come to ESOL for instruction for 45 minutes each day. Beginners may be seen more often. Students in the ESOL program are evaluated regularly to measure growth and to determine the appropriate level of instruction When a student demonstrates an adequate command of the English language, he/she will be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Helpful Tips for Learning English
  1. Read a story to your child in English each day, and have your child read a story to you in English each day.
  2. Discuss the stories and the pictures together. Have your child check out books regularly from your local library.
  3. Children learn language very quickly from other children. Arrange for your child to play as often as possible with children who speak English.
  4. Enroll your child in activities such as baseball, basketball, soccer, art, and drama classes.
  5. Take your child to weekly story hours held at local libraries and book stores.
  6. Check out tape recorded books for your child from the public library. Have your child listen to the tapes on a tape recorder at home while reading the book.

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