English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOLThe ESOL Program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing socialand academic language proficiency. The curriculum is based on the integration of the WIDAConsortium English Language Proficiency Standards with the Georgia Performance Standards.



Yelena Yashina - Lead ESOL Teacher
                          9th Comp/Lit Sheltered
                          10th Comp/Lit Sheltered
                          11th American Lit Sheltered
                          12th Muticultural/World Lit/Comp push-in

Sunjune Lee -  ESOL Teacher
                           Communication Skills I
                           Writing Workshop I, II
                           Social Studies push-In (World History, US History, American Gov.)

About ESOL: Student Resources:

ESOL @ GA Dept. of Education

Fulton County ESOL Department

Eligibility Criteria flowchart

Exit Criteria flowchart

WIDA Consortium

ESOL Terms

Activities for ESOL Students

ESL Resources from Midlink Magazine

Interesting Things for ESL Students

Word of the Day

Reading Book List



Parents' FAQ: English / Spanish / Korean /Chinese / Russian

Q & A

  • What is ESOL?
    English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • What is ELL?
    English Language Learner

  • What is the difference between ELL and ESOL?
    English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state funded instructional program for eligible English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12. Title III is a federally funded program. It provides eligible Local Education Agencies (LEAs) subgrants to provide supplemental services for ELLs. ESOL is one of the ways in which a school district can serve its ELL students.
  • How do you determine eligibility for the ESOL program?
    Every parent/guardian completes a three-question home language survey that is part of the Fulton registration form. If language other than English is indicated for any of the questions, the student must be administered W-APT language placement test within 7 days of enrollment. Parents/guardians have a right to decline the services and waiver their child. If the student is waivered, they still must be administered the ACCESS each year until they test out. All students must be served if they qualify, based on W-APT scores.

  • What is WIDA?
    The WIDA Consortium is a non-profit cooperative of 19 states working together to meet the requirements of NCLB for ELLs. It is housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in Madison, Wisconsin. It was founded in 2002. WIDA developed the ACCESS test as well as the W-APT

  • What is ACCESS for ELLs?
    Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. It is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test that measures ELLs’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. This test decides ‘language proficiency and Exit Eligibility’
  • What is W-APT?
    WIDA ACCESS Placement Test. It is administered upon the initial enrollment of the potential ELL.
  • What do we have to support ELLs?
    We have an afterschool tutoring program for struggling ELLs.  Hyejoo Jeong, Northview BCL, coordinates the program called Northview GT (Graduate Together),.
  • Who are the monitored students and how long are they on monitoring status?
    Exited ELLs are monitored for two calendar years. Ms. Yashina, ESOL lead teacher, coordinates the process in collaboration with the ESOL teachers and counselors. If their progress is not satisfactory, then further interventions will be planned.

  • What is our policy on using the dictionary?
    Using dictionary is a major accommodation for the ELLs. They are allowed to use dictionaries in class. Despite common opinion, dictionaries do not provide the advantage to ELLs, they only slightly limit their disadvantage. When it comes to assessments, use your judgment in this decision. For instance, if it is a vocabulary based test, then using the dictionary would be out of the question, but if it is an essay, research paper, reading comprehension test, allow using the dictionaries.
     ELLs are allowed using word-to-word dictionaries during standardized testing. However, there are no limitations in using other types of dictionaries in your class.