English for Speakers of Other Languages Last Updated: 6/16/2021 2:12 PM



Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Title III Coordinator

Bonnie Bendelius, ESOL Teacher

Chelsea Walker-Griner, ESOL Teacher

Gina Bartlett, ESOL Teacher

Larry Ninas, ESOL Teacher

Myung Ju Silk Lee, ESOL Teacher

Wendy Aldridge, ESOL Teacher

Yasuko Kobayashi, ESOL Teacher





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What's Happening in the World of ESOL? 

The ESOL Department welcomes Ms. Bonnie Bendelius!

Congratulations                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. Wendy Aldridge, an ESOL teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary, for being named a 2020 Exemplary ESOL Teacher by the Georgia Department of Education! 

Exemplary teacher

TCSS ESOL Parent Academy 

The ESOL Department of TCSS offered the parents of our ESOL students the opportunity to participate in our first annual ESOL Parent Academy. The Academy was an 8 week course that focused on learning and improving English and Writing skills to the ESOL Parents at no cost. 

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Congratulations to the students of our first annual ESOL Parent Academy.

Ethel W. Kight Elementary

Mrs. Aldridge's ESOL students at EKES had a great month learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Each grade level read passages about Hispanic Heritage month, and why it is celebrated. They also learned about famous Hispanic Americans. 4th and 5th grade ESOL students were featured on the morning broadcast each morning where they shared facts about famous Hispanic Americans. They ended the study with a cultural celebration where they snacked on some authentic Hispanic foods!

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Franklin Forest Elementary

Mrs. Lee's 3rd graders are working on collaborate board in Nearpod. They are writing sentences and choosing pictures to answer the question, "Which toy do you usually like to see at a toy store?"

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Clearview Elementary 

Mrs. Walker’s students at CVES celebrated Earth Day! They learned about the 3 Rs, reuse, recycle and reduce. They are sporting their Earth Day hats made during instruction to help friends and family learn how to help conserve our planet. Attached is a picture of Mrs. Griner's and Mrs. Sanchez's 2nd grade class. 


Gardner Middle School

Mrs. Bartlett’s students at GNMS are practicing for their ACCESS for ELLs assessment. Access for ELLs is an online computer based, adaptive test that measures the students English Language Proficiency. Students are tested in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This assessment is given annually to all ESOL students in grades 1-12.

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Callaway High School  

Mr. Ninas students use the INSERT Reading Strategy to strengthen their reading comprehension skills. Here a student is using using  INSERT Reading Strategy to mark text on the classroom whiteboard.

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Coping with Covid

Keeping you informed: 


Opportunities: Click the link below

Teach100 Education Resources

Kennesaw State 18th Annual ESOL Conference 2020

Korean Arts & Crafts

Interpretation/Translation Form

Interpretation/Translation Request Form

Interpretation Agreement Form

Interpretation Agreement Form English

Interpretation Agreement Form Korean

Interpretation Agreement Form Spanish


Monitoring Forms 2020- 2021

Per State and Federal guidelines, we are required to monitor the English language development and academic progress of ESOL students who have been exited from the ESOL Program (for two years).

Additionally, TCSS ESOL will use these monitoring forms to document the progress of students who are receiving ESOL support services on a consultative basis, students whose parents have refused services and ESOL students whose progress needs to be closely monitored. Teachers are also encouraged to use these forms as a method of gathering classroom performance data on other ESOL students for RTI, parent-teacher conferences or IEP meetings.



Kindergarten WIDA Can Do Descriptors

1st-2nd WIDA Can Do Descriptors

3rd-5th WIDA Can Do Descriptors

6th-8th WIDA Can Do Descriptors

9th-12th WIDA Can Do Descriptors

Grades PreK-5 English Language Proficiency Standards

Grades 6-12 English Language Proficiency Standards


Educator and Parent LINKS

"My Child is an English Learner": English Version Click here; Spanish Version Click here


GPB Educational Resources

U.S.. Department of Education 


GA TESOL (Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)


CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics)\


Free Translation

Lessons and Flashcards

Find Flashcards to Study


Resource Links

ACCESS Information

ACCESS for ELs 2.0

Purpose and Use of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

  • Help students understand their current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serve as one of multiple measures used to determine those students prepared to exit English language support programs.
  • Provide teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provide districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meet federal requirements, such as Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives 1 and 2, for the monitoring of ELLs' progress toward English language proficiency.


As with ACCESS for ELLs, the tasks on the new summative assessment will attempt to replicate the kinds of communicative situations (and the language needed to be processed or produced within them) that might be encountered in different school contexts. Each assessment item and task will target at least one of the five WIDA ELD Standards:

  • Social and Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will continue to assess each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing separately.


Spanish For Kids

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

This websites has glossaries for many subject areas that

offer word translations in multiple languages for grades 3-5; 6-8 and high school. 

Language, literacy and learning in the content areas

ELs andSocial Studies



Parent Tool Kit

English/Spanish (No Child Left Behind)

Consulado de Mexico en Atlanta

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
GoodCall Scholarship Search

Colorin Colorado

Oral Practice, Engagement, & Community-Building Tool:

Virtual Tools:

Listening/Reading Comprehension Tool:
Edpuzzle - Is a self-paced video based learning platform where learners view a video (and read captions) and respond to teacher created questions. Teachers can use self-created videos or videos downloaded from internet.

Writing Tool:
Book creator - Is much more than just a book creator! Learners can use their own pictures and favorite music to individually or collaboratively create e-books to share with classmates and families. There is a free version that allows teachers to create up to 40 books whereas the premium version provides unlimited opportunities to create, collaborate, write, edit, and share.

Reading Comprehension:
English E-Reader - Contains a library of books in English from levels A-C based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CERF). Learners and educators can search for books by reading levels, genres, series, and keywords. Additionally, they can create their own libraries, track their books, and create a list of favorites.

Flipgrid - Is a recording tool for all ages and language levels. Learners record themselves talking and peers and instructors respond. The interaction is not synchronous but it is a wonderful tool to document learner's oral growth and progress.