ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
The primary goal of the ESOL program is to increase the English language proficiency of limited English proficient students so that they can meet state and district academic standards and thus be successful in school. A related goal is to increase these students' English language proficiency so that they can fully and successfully participate in all mainstreamed classes at an age-appropriate grade level.
To meet these goals, the objectives of ESOL instruction are the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English, and the provision of an educational environment which helps the ESL student understand and cope with a new culture. An ESOL program is provided in each district school where at least one student attends who is in need of ESOL instruction.
Contact your school's ESOL teacher:
Michele MicekNazareth Area High School610-759-1730 ext. 2233
Nazareth Area Middle School
Lower Nazareth Elementary School
610-759-3350 ext. 8238
610-759-7311 ext. 6247
Nazareth Area Intermediate School
Kenneth N. Butz, Jr. Elementary School
484-292-1111 ext. 3312
610-759-1118 ext. 5590
Floyd R. Shafer Elementary School
610-759-5228 ext. 4201
firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia ShreveLower Nazareth Elementary School 610-759-7311 ext. 6247 email@example.com
ESOL Process for Services
When a new student registers in the Nazareth Area School District along with the District registration form parents/guardians also complete a Home Language Survey. This form is required by the state of Pennsylvania for all newly enrolled students. The Home Language Survey includes four questions in regards to student's language. When indicated that the students is or has been exposed to a language other than English the student will be screened for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services by one of the District's ESOL specialists.
Within fourteen days of a student's start date, one of the District specialists will screen students using the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). Four language domains are assessed in English: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The results are used to determine students English language proficiency level and to determine if the student qualifies for ESOL services and if so at what level.
The state of Pennsylvania uses the WIDA Consortiums six levels of Language Proficiency in the four language domains. Level 1-Entering, Level 2- Beginning, Level 3- Developing, Level 4- Expanding, Level 5- Bridging and Level 6- Reaching.
Once a student has been screened and, if necessary, entered into the NASD ESOL program, the ESOL specialist in the student's building will meet with the student on a regularly scheduled basis, to provide instruction in the four language domains of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will be instructed on their language proficiency level and monitored closely in their regular education classes. For more information on instruction models provided at each grade level contact your child's ESOL specialist.
Each school year, the language proficiency of ESOL students is assessed through a state assessment called the WIDA-ACCESS. This assessment is taken by all English Language Learners in the state of Pennsylvania at all levels of proficiency. The four language domains are assessed; it is a standardized test, which is scored by Metritech, an outside source. The assessment is used to monitor a student's English proficiency growth from one school year to the next as well as to determine a student's eligibility for exiting the program. The assessment is broken down into three tiers: A, B and C. The score the student received on the previous school year's assessment or on the W-APT score determines a student's tier.
Please see the following link for specifics on Pennsylvania's requirements for exiting ESOL. Contact your child's ESOL specialist with questions.
Some important links for Parents of English Language Learners in Pennsylvania:
This site contains links to the break down by grade cluster of the six English proficiency levels in the four language domains: