Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is ESL and ELL?

ESL stands for English as a Second Language and ELL stands for English Language Learners. Both terms are used to define a service to students whose first language is not English and/or do not speak English at home.

How does ESL/ELL services work?

Students are identified when registering for school. A state mandated test and assessment is given to assist in placement and instruction. These tests are given to the students when they begin the school year. The ESL teaching staff may work with the students in the classroom or at a designated space provided outside the classroom.

What is the special test or assessment given to ESL/ELL students called and how often is the test given?

The Assessing Comprehension and Communications in English State to State (ACCESS) for English Language Learners test is given annually to ESL/ELL students.

What does the ACCESS test measure?

The test measures your child’s level of academic English language proficiency in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. A meeting will be scheduled annually to discuss the results of the test and to develop an English Language Learner Plan (ELLP) for the school year.

How long will my child receive ESL support?

Your child will receive help based on assessment results and classroom performance. They may be fluent in speaking English, but still need help in reading or writing.

How long does it take for my child to learn the English language equal to their English-speaking peers?

The Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) or the social language language needed to communicate usually takes up to two years to learn. The Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency or the academic language (what it takes to perform academically at the same level as native English speaking classmates) usually takes 5-10 years to learn.

What is an English Language Learner Plan (ELLP)?

An ELLP is a plan designed specifically to identify your child’s academic needs for the current school year. You will be invited to meet annually with the Language Assessment Committee to design a plan.

Is it okay to speak English and our native language to our child?

Yes, your child will have the opportunity to be bilingual , and transfer skills and concepts from one language to another.