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ESL Services at George. created by Yelena Kniep, ESL Teacher. ESL Students at George. Currently 62 students are receiving ESL Services. Creole Somali Lao Maay-Maay Spanish Swahili Amharic Oromo. 9. Hindi 10. Russian 11. Moldavian 12. Hmong 13. Palauan 14. Mayan. Home Languages.

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Esl services at george

ESL Services at George

created by Yelena Kniep, ESL Teacher

Esl students at george
ESL Students at George

  • Currently 62 students are receiving ESL Services

Home languages









9. Hindi

10. Russian

11. Moldavian

12. Hmong

13. Palauan

14. Mayan

Home Languages

Countries of origin









9. Russia

10. Laos

11. USA

Countries of Origin


  • ESL – English as a Second Language

  • ELL – English Language Learners

  • ELD – English Language Development

  • Exited – advanced and proficient level students; not required to receive services any more

  • Monitored – have been exited within past 2 years; under close watch; can be reinstated

  • LEP – limited English proficiency

  • ELP – English language proficiency

Who is eligible
Who is Eligible ?

  • Language other than English is spoken at home.

  • Student is assessed for English language proficiency and is at an Emergent, Beginner, Intermediate, or Early Advanced level.

  • Parents have given their permission for the services.

Proficiency assessment
Proficiency Assessment

  • Students new to PPS get assessed atWelcome Center for Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Basic Math skills.

  • ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment) is administered once a year in spring to all ELLs.

  • Letters of Notification of ESL Services and proficiency levels are mailed to students’ homes each fall.

  • To see a sample test go to

Students eligible for esl services receive
Students eligible for ESL services receive:

  • One ELD Period a day – English language instruction from an ESL Teacher during a regular class period

  • Content-based instruction – the focus is on developing language skills in English while preparing ELLs to study grade-level content material (language arts, science, math, etc.); delivered in ELD classes

  • Sheltered Instruction – English is used as the medium for providing content area (LA, SS, Explore) instruction. English is adapted by content area teachers to the proficiency level of ELLs.

Monitoring exited students
Monitoring Exited Students

  • Students who have been exited from the ESL Program in two last years are closely observed by their teachers to determine if these students are making an adequate progress in mainstream classrooms.

  • Parents of recently exited students receive letters from ESL Department to inform them of their child’s progress

  • Additional support services are available

Additional esl support services
Additional ESL Support Services

  • Morning homework club meets every day at 8 am in the library. Educational Assistant, Ms. Valenzuella, is available to translate for Spanish speakers and help all students.

  • Free ELD tutoring is available through SUN School. Parents need to fill out the paperwork, and give their permission.

Do you need support? Do you have questions about your student’s ESL Services? Please call the school at (503) 916-6262, e-mail to us, or stop by. We are happy to help you with more information.

  • ESL Teacher, Liaison – Yelena Kniep - ESL services, student eligibility, proficiency levels and placement, interpretation support request, any other questions – ext. 7024; e-mail: [email protected]; work hours – 8:30 am – 4 pm

  • Bilingual Educational Assitant - Iris Valenzuela– supporting students in classrooms and before school starts (8 am – library), phone calls, conferences; work hours – 8am – 1:30 pm

  • Community agent - Janet Dominguez - phone calls, home visits, conferences (M-Th 11:30 – 3:30 pm; F 11-14) – main office

  • PPS ESL Department - phone: (503) 916-6525; website: