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ESL Standards

English as a Second Language

DoDEA adopted in SY 2013-2014, language learning standards and proficiency levels from the national English language organization Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This collaboration is essential for educators and learners so that their teaching and learning aligns with the expectations of the DoDEA Content Standards and further ensures English language learners access to the full content area curriculum.

The DoDEA English Language Proficiency Standards highlight the English language development goals for English Language Learners (ELLs) as they move through levels of English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These standards are designed to guide teachers in their instruction of ELLs and to provide a bridge to DoDEA’s Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science content area standards.

 

DoDEA Language Learning Standards

Description

Standard 1

English language learners communicate for social, intercultural, and instructional purposes within the school setting.        

Standard 2

English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of language arts.

Standard 3

English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of mathematics.

Standard 4

English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of science.

Standard  5

English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of social studies.

 

Current ESL Proficiency Levels

Levels Description

Level 1- Starting 

Students initially have little to no understanding of English.

Level 2- Emerging

Students can understand phrases and short sentences.

Level 3- Developing

Students understand more complex speech but still require repetition.

Level 4- Expanding 

Students’ language skills are adequate for most day-to-day communication needs.

Level 5- Bridging 

Students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously but are not necessarily English proficient.

Level 6 – Exited Program

Exited the ESL program after participating in it.

Level 7 -Waiver

Parent declined ESL services and/or assessment

Level 8 – No Service Required

No ESL services required after initial screening


Contact Information: 

DoDEA E.S.L. Coordinator

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400