in Barnwell 45
English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL Teacher: Suzanne Frederick
South Carolina has just approved
the Seal of Biliteracy for graduating seniors.
Are you bilingual? Do you qualify?
See the guidance department at Barnwell High School
for more information
How do students qualify for ESOL services?
When students enter the South Carolina public school system, parents are required to complete a Home Language Survey (HLS). Schools use information from the survey to determine if a student’s English proficiency should be assessed. Students may be screened for possible eligibility for the ESOL program if a language other than English is listed when these questions are answered on the HLS:
- What is the native language of the student?
- What language(s) is spoken most often by the student?
- What language(s) is spoken by the student in the home?
Once a language other than English has been identified on the HLS, the student may be tested to determine if they qualify for the ESOL program. This program helps students become fluent in English. If students enter the ESOL program, they are entitled to services as English learners and will be tested annually to determine their English language proficiency. Normally, English learners see the ESOL teacher once or twice weekly during a time they are not missing core subjects such as ELA or math. They are also eligible for accommodations in the classroom.