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The Griffin-Spalding County School System offers English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services to students with limited English proficiency whose native language is not English. Upon registration, all students are asked to answer three Home Language questions which are embedded in the district’s registration forms. If the answer to any of these questions is a language other than English, the student’s language proficiency is assessed using the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT).  The W-APT is administered by an ESOL teacher who has been trained to administer the assessment.

The Griffin-Spalding County School System notifies parent of the student’s eligibility for language assistance services through the ESOL class. The ESOL teachers have studied teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and are endorsed by the State of Georgia to do this important work for students.

The teaching of ESOL includes instruction which is adapted to the English language proficiency of students and is designed to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and American cultural concepts. In addition, emphasis is placed on the development of academic language used in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The Griffin Spalding County School Systems’ ESOL program works to empower students to graduate college and career ready by providing effective instruction to improve language proficiency and academic achievement. We want all students to fulfill their potential and find a place in the larger community where they can be contributing members of society.

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