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NYS ESL PROGRAM OVERVIEW. What is ESL?. An English as a Second Language program is a free-standing language arts program for English Language Learners. (not a support service)

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what is esl
What is ESL?
  • An English as a Second Language program is a free-standing language arts program for English Language Learners. (not a support service)
  • ESL teachers are Language Development Experts who teach reading, writing, listening , speaking, culture plus content-area vocabulary and key concepts. They are experts in academic vocabulary, scaffolding, co-teaching strategies and community resources for ELLs.
  • If you think of the variety of Foreign Language teachers and ELA teachers, you can compare them most closely to the ESL teacher.
  • One of the differences between a teacher of a foreign language and an ESL teacher is that most students taking foreign language, at least in the US, share the common language of English. ELLs don’t necessarily share a common language.
esl student identification
ESL Student Identification
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/bilinged/pub/LEPproc.pdfELLIdentification Chart
  • When a new ESL student enters a school district:
  • The parents complete a “Home Language Questionnaire” and ESL teacher administers Informal Interview Questions:


  • The student is tested by the ESL teacher using a NYSITELL Exam (beginning / February 1, 2014), if indicated.


parent letters conferences
Parent Letters & Conferences
  • Principals mail parent letters home each September telling parents that their child is enrolled in an ESL program.
  • Sample Parent Letter http://www.ocmboces.org/tfiles/folder732/Sample%20Parent%20Letter%20-%20154%20new.pdf
  • ESL parents participate in a Fall ESL Parent Orientation and parent conferences held during the year.
update esl progression levels
Update-ESL Progression Levels


Currently 4 Progression Levels:

  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Proficient

5 New Proposed Progression Levels:

  • Entering, Emerging, Transitioning Expanding, and Commanding
  • http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2013Meetings/February2013/213p12d3.pdf
nys assessments
NYS Assessments
  • All ESL students must take and pass the *ELA, Math, and Science assessments-with accommodations.
  • *NYS now requires ESL students with more than one year in US schools by April 1, to take both the ELA assessment-with accommodations, and the NYSESLAT.
  • All students must take the Regents exams-with accommodations.
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/home.html2013-14 Exam Dates
state assessments regents accommodations for students
State Assessments & Regents Accommodations For Students
  • Extended time (1 ½ time)
  • Use of bilingual glossaries or electronic translators
  • Tests translated into Chinese, Haitian, Creole, Russian, and Spanish (by NYSED)
  • Allowing simultaneous use of English and native language versions of the test *(if desired by student).
  • Test translated by an interpreter, if it is a rare language.
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ac-general/archive/flep-accommodations10-08.pdf
nysed bilingual glossaries
NYSED Bilingual Glossaries
  • Developed by NYSED in several languages for use in state exams and in classrooms.
  • Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Bosnian, French, Korean, Polish, Bengali, Serbo-Croatian
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/bilinged/bilingual_glossaries.htm
foreign language credit
Foreign Language Credit
  • ESL students can earn up to five (5) units of credit for schooling in their home language from age 11. Students must produce a transcript/grades that show they were attending school from the age of 10 + and be passing:
  • 3 units at age 11
  • 4 units at age 12
  • 5 units at age 13 or older
  • www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/documents/lote-qa.pdfSee item #31
credit for esl class
Credit for ESL Class
  • High School ESL students can earn graduation credits for ESL class.
  • Each district can decide the specifics regarding ESL credits earned.
annual nyseslat exam
Annual NYSESLAT Exam
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/nyseslat/2013 NYSESLAT Guide
  • Includes testing in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening taken over a 4 day period.
  • Six testing levels: K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12
  • Exams are given in April & May.
  • The scores arrive in July.
  • Test results are used to determine the required minutes of ESL per week:
  • http://www.p12.nysed.gov/biling/docs/LAPtable12-09.pdfESL Time Requirements
nys blueprint for ells success
NYS Blueprint for ELLs Success
  • In April 2014, NYS issued a press release regarding the new NYS Blueprint for ELLs Success:
  • http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/ELLBlueprint.html NYSED “Blueprint” Press Release
  • http://usny.nysed.gov/docs/blueprint-for-ell-success.pdf Blueprint for ELLs Success
  • http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/January2014/114p12d2.pdf Board of Regents “Blueprint” Update, January 2014
nys seal of biliteracy
NYS Seal of Biliteracy
  • Governor Cuomo Signed Bill in 2012 to Recognize High School Graduates Who Demonstrate Proficiency in Multiple Languages
  • The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multiple languages
  • The purpose of the seal is to increase the prospect of a student’s future employment and educational success
  • The Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies will implement the State Seal of Biliteracy Program in two phases:
  • Beginning with a one year Pilot Implementation Program (during the 2014-15 academic year) Followed by a full implementation program.
threefold challenge of esl students
Threefold Challenge of ESL Students
  • Grasping knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to the subject areas
  • A better command of the English language
  • An ability to interact with others and function within the social environment of the school
how can parents help
How Can Parents Help?
  • Make reading part of the child’s daily routine. Read to children in either English or in his/her native language.
  • Take your child to the library and encourage the child to borrow books.
  • Schedule time every day for the child to do homework and provide a quiet place.
  • http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/readingtips/Reading Tip Sheets for Parents
  • http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/teachertips/Teacher Tip Sheets
  • Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)
  • Can be acquired in fewer than two years.
  • If only an oral assessment is done, the student may appear as commanding the English language.
  • http://www.unco.edu/doit/Model%20Courses/EDI%20112_Introduction%20to%20BICS.pdfIntroduction to BICS and CALP
  • Cognitive/Academic Language Proficiency Skills (CALP)
  • Skills needed to succeed in areas such as reading, writing, math, science, & social studies
  • CALP will often require five-ten years for ESL student to perform at grade level
how long can a student receive esl services
How Long Can a Student Receive ESL Services?
  • Up to three years unless;
  • An annual extension is requested from the Commissioner for up to six years. Then student become a Long-Term LEP.
  • If a student scores as Commanding on the NYSESLAT, he/she exits ESL and performance is monitored for two years.
comprehensible input http www everythingesl net inservices comprehensible input output 70140 php
Comprehensible Inputhttp://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/comprehensible_input_output_70140.php
  • Understandable messages, called

comprehensible input, are not

communicated by words alone.

  • Use multisensory input: visuals, realia, drawings, gestures, role-plays, graphic organizers.
  • Model, demonstrate, restate and simplify language; introduce key vocabulary before the lesson.
esl resources cont
ESL Resources (cont.)
  • English Language Learner Overview, 2014


  • ESL Program Components, Policies and Procedures


  • Common Core and ELLs


  • NYS Bilingual Common Core Initiative


  • Academic Vocabulary http://www.fresno.k12.ca.us/divdept/sscience/Vocabulary/EnglishVocabulary.pdf
  • NYSUT Parent Guides


  • Parent Guide to the NYSESLAT


  • Parent Guide to the Common Core


  • For Teachers & Students