About ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
In August, 1990, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, issued a Consent Decree giving the court power to enforce an agreement between the Florida State Board of Education and a coalition of eight groups represented by Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy, Inc. (META). The Consent Decree settlement terms focus on the following six issues:
- Identification and assessment
- Equal access to appropriate programming
- Equal access to appropriate categorical and other programming for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students
- Outcome measures
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Based upon the structure outlined in the Consent Decree, districts are required to ensure the delivery of comprehensible instruction to which English Language Learners (ELLs) are entitled.
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District ELL Plan
The goal of the ESOL program is to ensure that all students entering Walton County School District with varying levels of English language proficiency receive comparable instruction. This instruction ensures students develop communicative and academic skills necessary to meet national, state and district educational standards.
All schools with students classified as English Language Learners (ELLs) must provide appropriate ESOL services to meet the specific student's needs in English language acquisition, academic achievement and cultural integration.
Students in the ESOL program must meet the same curriculum standards as non-ELLs in English/Language Arts courses as well as other content areas. The curriculum content is established in the Florida Standards. ESOL strategies, English language learning software (Imagine Learning, Rosetta Stone), bilingual aides, word-to-word dictionaries and individualized instruction are utilized to ensure that comprehensible instruction is provided to our ELL students.
Title III, Part A
Title III, Part A is a federal project that is designed to ensure ELLs are successful in their educational programming. In the state of Florida, the funds are used to supplement the required resources that are outlined in the Florida Consent Decree. Therefore, any activity or resource that is included in this application must be supplemental in nature, or above and beyond what the district is required to provide.
Walton County School District utilizes the Title III funds to assist our ELLs in acquiring English language proficiency and to achieve academically as they pursue a high school diploma.
For the 2018-19 school year, Title III funds are used for the following activities:
- Professional Learning
- Imagine Learning
- Rosetta Stone
- Substitute teachers and benefits to cover classrooms when teachers are participating in professional learning opportunities
- Travel expenditures
- Translation services for written and oral communication
- Library books written in English and Spanish
- Supplies including headphones for students to utilize with Rosetta Stone and Imagine Learning and batteries for Unicom systems
ESOL Endorsement Courses
Courses Needed for ESOL Endorsement
Methods of ESOL
Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding
Testing and Evaluation of ESOL Students
Curriculum and Materials Development
*each of these courses are worth 60 points and are bankable
ESOL Training Requirements
For information on ESOL Training Requirements, click here.
Want to be involved?
The ESOL Parent Leadership Council (PLC) consists of parents, teachers, bilingual aides, parents and community stakeholders who come together to discuss the district's ESOL program. The council problem-solves ways to help improve our ESOL program. One of the major functions of this council is to aid in the development of the district's ELL Plan and to review the needs assessment and program evaluation for the Title III application process. The PLC meets twice annually.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Cathy Hall, 850-892-1100, extension 1548