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Frequently Asked Questions

•  Title III - English as a Second Language Frequently Asked Questions  (3 Questions)

1.  What does ESL stand for?

English as a Second Language; however, there are many acronyms associated with English Language Learners. Click on the above question to see the entire list.


The following Acronyms are being introduced as they will be used throughout the course of this document. Further explanations and definitions will be included in the following pages.

  1. ELL - English Language Learner
  2. ESL -  English as a Second Language
  3. HLS - Home Language Survey
  4. LEP  - Limited English Proficient
  5. FLEP - Former Limited English Proficient
  6. NOM PHLOTE - National Origin Minority Primary Home Language Other Than English
  7. LSP (IELP) - Language Service Plan (Individualized English Learning Plan)
  8. BICS - Basic Interpersonal communication Skill
  9. CALP - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
  10. SIOP - Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol
  11. WIDA - World-class Instructional Design and Assessment
  12. W-APT - WIDA ACCESS Placement Test
  13. ACCESS - Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State
  14. AMAO - Annual Measurable Achievement Objective
  15. AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress
  16. APLA - Adequate Progress in Language Acquisition

2.  How do I obtain services for my child if he/she is limited English proficient?

All children must complete a Home Language Survey at the beginning of the school. If it is indicated that English is not the primary language in their home, they are assessed and services are provided based on the results of initial screening and progress each year.

3.  If my child is served as an English Language Learner, will he/she still be housed in a regular classroom environment?


Services are provided in one of two ways, "Pull-out" in which children are pulled from the regular classroom for a period of approximately 45 minutes each day for individualized English language instruction. This is done either individually or in small groups . The second way these children are serviced is "inclusion" where an ESL teacher actually pushes into the regular classroom and provides English language instruction that correlates with the regular classroom teacher's lessons.