The goal of the ESOL Department at Eleanor Roosevelt High School is to help ESOL students develop proficiency in English needed to be successful academically, culturally and socially. We empower ESOL students to master academic English to thrive in school, college, and career, and as global citizens. The Common Core and WIDA Standards for ELLs have placed a greater demand on our English language learners. Accordingly, this program is designed to meet the linguistic and academic needs of ELLs. Structured, systematic English language instruction supports the annual measurable achievement objective (AMAO) and the attainment of English language proficiency needed in reading, math, and science. We pledge to provide 21st Century ESOL instruction, assessment, and parental engagement to cultivate academic excellence.

ESOL Course Information

  • ESOL Newcomers
  • ESOL Beginners
  • ESOL Intermediate
  • ESOL Advanced (taught by Ms. Holtz of the English Department)
  • ESOL Critical Reading (taught by Ms. Holtz of the English Department)
  • English 9 (taught by Ms. Beers of the English Department)
  • Language of American History
  • Language of Science

The following are sheltered classes co-taught by ESOL teachers and content teachers at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

  • Applications in Algebra for ELLs
  • Integrated the Science for ELLs
  • United States Government for ELLs
  • Biology HSA for ELLs
  • Algebra 1 Common Core for ELLs

Before and After School

Academic Support for ELLs

The ESOL Department at Eleanor Roosevelt High School provides before and after school reading, math, and science tutoring for all ELLs. Please contact the ESOL teachers for details.

ESOL Department Staff

Ms. Laurie Hortie

Mr. Sun Huh

Ms. Anne Zhu


For information on registration (Para mayor informacion sobre la inscripcion), please contact the Prince George’s County Public Schools International Student Counseling Office.

International Student Counseling Office

Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center

8908 Riggs Road

Adelphi, MD 20783

Phone: 301-445-8460

Fax: 301-445-8464



The following link leads to services for English language learners and their families in Prince George’s County. Services to parents of ESOL students enable them to engage fully in our ESOL program. Please click HERE.

Terms and Acronyms Used in ESOL ACCESS for ELLs – Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. ACCESS for ELLs is the annual English language proficiency test that is aligned to the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language development standards. WIDA, a consortium of 31 states, provides a research based framework that informs the range of academic English that must be acquired in all core academic content areas. Maryland joined the WIDA consortium in June 2011.

AMAO – Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. AMAOs are set annually by the Maryland State Department of Education to specify the percentage of ESOL students yearly who are expected to progress toward English language proficiency (AMAO I), attain English language proficiency (AMAO II), and demonstrate adequate yearly progress in reading and math at the county level (AMAO III).

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages. This term is used to identify the programs, staff, and students served by the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs.

ELL – English Language Learner (also seen in the literature as English Learner (EL)). An ELL is a student who uses a language in addition to or other than American English.

EL Plan – The EL Plan is the accommodations documentation for ELLs who qualify for the ESOL program. It is required in Grades 2-12 for all levels of English language proficiency.

ELP – English Language Proficiency (ELP). The degree to which a student is able to use and comprehend American English as a language of instruction.

ELP Programs – Curricula developed to prepare students to be able to use American English as a language of instruction.

ESOL Assessments – ESOL formative assessments are designed by ESOL teachers to measure the English Language Proficiency (ELP) levels of all ESOL students in listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English. ESOL Rubrics and/or World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Performance Definitions are used for scoring these formative assessments and providing, and should be used to provide feedback to ESOL students on the progress they make toward ELP. County-wide ESOL summative assessments are administered at the high school level to measure the ELP levels of all high school ESOL students.

Essential Questions – Essential questions are focus questions for a unit of study.

Indicators – Indicators are observable behaviors that demonstrate a student's mastery of the content and skills which students are expected to learn during the course of each thematic unit.

LEP – Limited English Proficient. An acronym used at the federal level to describe English language learners who participate in the ESOL program.

RELL – Reclassified English Language Learner (also referred to as reclassified English Learner (REL)). An RELL is a student who has exited the ESOL program within the last two years.

REL Plan – The REL Plan is accommodations documentation for each ELL who has exited the ESOL program within the last two years. It is required in Grades 2-12 for all RELLs.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. The results of the TOEFL are used for college admissions.

W-APT – WIDA ACCESS Placement Test. The W-APT is the English language proficiency test used to screen English language learners in their second semester of Grade 1 through Grade 12 to determine eligibility for ESOL services. The W-APT is aligned to the WIDA English language development standards.