English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Elementary School


The Montgomery County Public Schools ESOL program is designed to empower ESOL students to master academic English to thrive in school, college, careers, and as global citizens. The education of students learning English as a new language is a collaborative responsibility shared by the ESOL teacher, the classroom teacher, all other appropriate MCPS staff, as well as the ESOL student.


ESOL in Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Elementary School


Elementary ESOL students in Prekindergarten receive regularly scheduled English language development instruction from an ESOL teacher. Currently, the ESOL teacher uses ESOL resources in the Big Day PreK curriculum to help students develop language skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The teacher monitors the progress of these ESOL students to guide the development of basic interpersonal and academic language, supporting active participation in the school setting.

Kindergarten through 5

Students who receive ESOL services receive direct language instruction to support English Language Development while accessing grade level content. Classroom teachers provide ESOL students with supports to access grade level content using Academic English. 

How ESOL Is Taught in Elementary School

There are various instructional models that can be effectively implemented in an elementary school ESOL program.

In a pull-out model, the ESOL teacher instructs students outside of the general education classroom in an ESOL classroom, enabling the teacher to provide intensive language instruction that builds the communication skills and confidence of these students as they develop their oral language and receive instruction that specifically addresses their linguistic needs. 

In a plug-in model, the ESOL teacher instructs students in the general education classroom. This may include co-teaching the whole class with the certified classroom teacher or instructing small groups of ESOL students during independent work/center time.

At any level of English language proficiency, a combination of instructional models may be implemented to take advantage of the benefits of the various models to provide access to grade level content. 


Multidisciplinary Educational Training and Support Program (METS)