English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL Program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing social and academic language proficiency. The curriculum is based on the integration of the WIDA Consortium English Language Proficiency Standards with the Georgia Performance Standards.


Coming Soon


Yelena Yashina - Lead ESOL Teacher / Korean Club Co-Sponsor
                            ESOL 9th Comp/Lit
                           ESOL 10th Comp/Lit
                           ESOL 11th American Lit (Sheltered)
                           Listening and Reading in Content Area

Sunjune Lee -  ESOL Teacher
                       Communication Skills I
                      Writing Workshop
                      10th Literature and Composition support

Patti Fincher - ESOL Paraprofessional

Jamie Brown - ESOL Buddy Counselor

Hyejoo Jeong - Bilingual Community Liaison, Korean Culture Club Co-sponsor

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

BCL 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. It takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 542. Our BCL, Hyejoo Jeong, manages this program called Northview GT.

  • Who are the monitored students and how long are they on monitoring status?
    Exited ELLs are monitored for two calendar years. Jamie Brown is a designated person for the monitored students. He 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.