The initial step in the implementation
and administration of the ESL program
is the establishment of an ESL Review
Team (ESLRT) that is responsible for
promoting an effective ESL program at
the school.
* The ESL Review Team (ESLRT) is
responsible for reviewing the procedures
of the program and for the completion of
a Self-Study that documents local needs
of the program at each school.
*This is usually completed at the end of
the school year.
The next step is to ensure that all
educators are aware that everyone
working with an ELL is responsible for
the education of the student, and to
establish that all teachers working
with a particular ELL can be part of
the ESL Student Team (ESLST).
*The main responsibility of each ESL
Student Team is to promote sound
educational decisions based on input from
a variety of sources for individual ELLs.
*All educators currently working with an
ELL are responsible to support appropriate
differentiation strategies that help the
student learn.
Next, ensure that effective
identification of potential ELLs is
achieved through two avenues: (1) a
school referral process, or (2) the
sponsor completing the Home
Language Questionnaire.
Eligibility is determined based on formal and
informal language proficiency assessments. To
be eligible for ESL services the student must be
designated as Non English Proficient (NEP) or
Limited English Proficient (LEP).
This can happen as a result of strong influence
of a second or even third language that affects
acquisition of academic English. Determinations
are individual and based on multiple sources of
Social Language:
Used to make friends, talk with one another, and play out on the
playground, communicate out in the community.
Kid’s pick up social language on their own in short period of time.
Beware! Sounds deceptively fluid & fluent.
Academic Language:
The language of schools, textbooks and tests.
The sentence structure changes in academic language.
Academic language has less context to aid understanding
Requires a deeper knowledge of language to apply cognitive skills,
make inferences, draw conclusions, summarize, analyze, critique.
Takes longer to learn and requires instruction.
Is required to navigate different academic situations.
Empowers students to be successful in academic settings.
Without academic language students are unable to enter higher
education institutions.
No one is a native speaker of academic English!
Social English
I like this book more.
Academic English
This story is more exciting than the first one we read.
It worked.
Our experiment was successful.
Because they were brave.
The soldiers received the medal because of their courage.
Once the potential ELL is identified,
formal and informal measures are
used to determine the student’s
language proficiency, level of
influence of another language in the
academic growth, and the eligibility
for support services.
The ESL teacher collects all available data into a
form called ESL Assessment Summary, and makes
a recommendation of proficiency level to the
members of the ESL Student Team.
All ESL Student Team members MUST agree with
recommendation of service. This is done in
No formal meetings are needed, but
communication must be documented.
ESL teacher’s recommendations are shared
with all members of each individual ESL
Student Team for determination of appropriate
service delivery.
Suggestion: The school’s ESL RT can determine
that this communication will be done via e-mail,
for timeliness, accountability and responsibility
over decisions.
Dear members of XX ESL Student team,
Based on the date shared on the attached form, my recommendation is for
XX to be placed at ESL Proficiency Level 2 – Emerging, and for the
services described below to be provided via direct instruction by the ESL
teacher in pull-out and via supportive collaboration in the regular classroom.
Please respond with your concerns/suggestion by MM/DD/YY at 1700. If
you do not respond by this date and time, we will understand that you have
agreed to this recommended service.
Updates will be provided/requested as the student demonstrates
improvement in academic performance.
ESL Teacher reviews all data and compares to
the Stages of Language Development chart.
ESL services are determined based on the skills
needed by each ELL.
ESL services are provided as needed with
continuous collaboration among team members.
(ESL scheduled pull out class is only one type of
service for ELLs at the early stages of language
Using a differentiation template can be very
efficient for classroom/content teachers.
The ESL teacher can help getting you started!
ELLs are assessed annually to document
progress and support educational decisions.
Data from the annual language assessment -LAS Links Form B -- and other assessments, as
well as anecdotal data from observations are
recorded in the ESL Assessment Summary. The
new data set must be reviewed by all teachers
working with the ELL to determine placement
and support for the next SY.
Europe Education Division is offering two online
PD opportunities for Professional Learning
If interested, please ask Jizela right NOW!
Presentation by:
Hassan Kone – ESL Teacher at KES and KMS
Jizela Chirichetti – ESL ISS Europe Area Office
Let us know if we can be of service!

Steps for an effective program that supports English