ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


Paul Watlington, Department Chair
Maria FazAdministrator
Eileen Bell
Bonnie Bontempo
Scott Brody
Andrea DeGatica
Elise Fonseca
Amal Hanine
Katherine Lodge
Rebecca Mason (long term substitute)
Clinton Stillwagon
Beverly Thomas
Marianne Vannatta

Areas of Study

ESOL students are assessed on their language efficiency in the four domains, reading, writing, speaking, and  listening, by using the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Access test.  The assessment determines which level a student will be placed.  All levels are scaffold in order to best meet the needs of students in order to acquire English proficiency.  Language is introduced through content material in order to help build background knowledge essential for secondary content classes.

ESOL Level 1* -  Students have newly arrived to the United States with a beginning level of English proficiency.  Beginning literacy is important at this level.   Students may use  simple words, phrases, and/or chunks of language when responding.

  • Level 1 Entering Content (2 periods)
  • Level 1 Entering Literature
  • Concepts Science 1
  • World Concepts 1

ESOL Level 2* – Students are in the beginning level of English proficiency.  Students may be new to the US but may have learned some English prior to their arrival.  The language skills are limited to social communication, using simple phrases and/or short sentences.  Students are beginning to acquire and use content language within the classroom setting. 

  • Level 2 Beginning Content (2 periods)
  • Level 2 Beginning Literature
  • Concepts Science 1 or 2
  • World Concepts 1 or 2

ESOL Level 2/3* – Students are in the beginning / developmental stage of English proficiency.  Level 2/3 students are beginning to use some academic language and expanding their language skills in complexity for all four domains.   

  • Level 2/3 Beginning / Developing Content (2 periods)
  • Level 2/3 Beginning / Developing Literature
  • Concepts Science 2
  • World Concepts 2 or World History 1

*Level 1, 2, and 2/3 also take math based on their math placement, PE and Heath, and one elective

ESOL 3 – Students are in the developmental stage of English proficiency.  Concentration is on academic language.  Level 3 students are also enrolled  into high school content classes, such as World History and Biology.

  • Level 3 Developing Content
  • Level 3 Developing Literature

ESOL 4 – Students are in the expanding stage of English proficiency.  Level 4 students are expected to use and understand academic language in their reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 

  • Level 4 Expanding
  • Transitional English 9