Welcome to ESOL
Mrs. Corrado Mrs. Heilman
ESOL Info at A Glance
- WIDA and ACCESS Information: ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). This assessment is administered every year in early January. Attendance is very important during this time. For more info about this assessment please visit the WIDA website.
- WIDA levels: The WIDA Can Do Descriptors are commonly used by ESL teachers in coaching general education teachers about differentiated instruction for English language learners (ELLs). They can also be used to plan lessons or observe students' progress. Visit the WIDA CAN-DO site for more information on the different levels.
- Report Cards: On the report card you will also see a section for ESOL. Your child will receive a mark for listening, speaking, reading and writing. The mark will show the ESOL WIDA level at which your child is presently performing on for each English language skill. It is possible for your child to achieve anywhere within the ESOL levels of 1-5.
Instructional Learning Sites
Tips for Parents
- Watching quality TV programs (PBS kids station, Sesame Street, Super Why, Sid the Science Kid, Word Girl) can improve your child’s English and be fun at the same time.
- Use both English and your first language at home. Read in both languages, if possible. The goal is for children to become bilingual, while not losing their first language.
- Plan “play dates” with English speaking friends.
- Visit the Public Library and allow your child to pick out books. Books on tape are also a great English resource. Ask your librarian for suggestions.
- Visit many of the free museums in the Washington Area.