English to Speakers of Other Languages
What is ESOL
The Columbia County ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program is a state funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in Grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Section 20-2-156 Code 1981, Sec. 20-2-156, enacted in 1985).
The Columbia County ESOL program is standards-based program emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon WIDA Consortium English Language Development Standards, while simultaneously integrating grade appropriate content standards to ensure that all ELs are successful. The ESOL program also provides access to resources and facilitates communication between the school district and home to allow parents and families of English Learners to play an active role in their child’s education.
The English to Speakers of Other Languages Program of the Columbia County School District fosters inclusive schools and classrooms that are responsive to the linguistic and cultural needs of English Learners and their families. The CCSD ESOL Program provides English Learners with support and instruction in the English language, American culture, and academic and cognitive areas in order to ensure success in the mainstream classroom, school, and the community. The goals of the program are as follows:
- To develop competency in English in all four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- To integrate language, cognitive and academic instruction that enables students to develop English language proficiency and content area
- To support the curriculum based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence while emphasizing social and academic language proficiency.
- To orient students and parents to the American culture and enable them to participate successfully in school and community
- To ensure grade-level appropriate content for all ELs regardless of English proficiency level.
- To ensure that all staff in the district assume responsibility for the acculturation and instruction of ELs.