English Language Learners (ELLs) in need of support may receive daily direct instruction from an ESOL teacher, other language assistance teachers, or instructional interventions in the regular classroom. ESOL teachers collaborate closely with other teachers, sometimes in a Push-in (co-teaching) setting, to provide comprehensive instruction for English Language Learners in acquiring English proficiency while continuing to learn content. The ultimate academic goal is for these students to achieve success with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
ESOL instruction addresses listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed for academic achievement in language arts, math, social studies, science and social interaction. In addition, students are introduced to American cultural concepts needed for school success while still being encouraged to value their first language and culture.