Welcome to the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program!
A high performing school district in which all English Learners are successful, limited English families engage, and the community values linguistic and cultural diversity.
In a caring culture of trust and collaboration every APS English Learner will graduate ready for college and career.
The English to Speakers of Other Languages Program of Atlanta Public Schools fosters inclusive schools and classrooms that are responsive to the linguistic and cultural needs of English Learners and their families. The APS 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:
1. To develop competency in English in all four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing;
2. To integrate language, cognitive and academic instruction that enables students to develop English language proficiency and content area knowledge;
3. To support the curriculum based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence while emphasizing social and academic language proficiency;
4. To orient students and parents to the American culture and enable them to participate successfully in school and community life;
5. To ensure grade-level appropriate content for all ELs regardless of English proficiency level;
6. To ensure that all staff in the district assume responsibility for the acculturation and instruction of ELs.
July 26, 2016 - ESOL Teacher Boot Camp
August 23, 2016 - Differentiation for EL Success with Fairbairn and Jones-Vo
September 7 or 8, 2016
October 25 or 26, 2016
December 6 (ES) and 7 (MS/HS), 2016: Anchor Charts for EL Success with Roz Linder
January 10 or 11, 2017: includes ACCESS for ELLs® training
March 14 or 15, 2017
ESOL workshops will be provided for ESOL and regular education teachers throughout the year. Information will be posted in myPLC.