The ESOL Program has transitioned from a discrete skills curriculum to a standards-based curriculum emphasizing social and academic language proficiency. The program’s overarching standard is that students will use English to communicate and demonstrate academic, social, and cultural understanding. To reach this standard, it is critical that instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, accommodate the needs of Georgia’s linguistically and culturally diverse student and parent populations. To the extent practicable, it is appropriate to use the home language as a means of facilitating instruction for English language learners and communication with their parents.
WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
Information and resources for implementing the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency Standards
· WIDA Consortium Website
TransACT Multilingual Library of Forms
The TranACT Multilingual Library of forms is a collection of state approved letters with their equivalent translation to up to 21 foreign languages helpful for school management communication needs. The library also includes the forms for compliance with the NCLB translated into the six more common languages in Georgia and a roadmap to assist administrators decide the forms and chronological order of the notifications going out to the schools.
· TransACT Multilingual Library of Forms