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 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia Performance Standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency. Instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the needs of Georgia’s ELs are accommodated. In ESOL programs it is appropriate, when practicable, to use the EL’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing parents with school-related information.

For information about the federal programs that enhance Georgia's foundational language services for English Learners, please visit the Title III webpage.


NEW!: Parent Notification Letter for ESOL Services

 Under the ESSA amendment of the ESEA, the Parent Notificaiton Letter for Title-funded Language Services is now solely a Title I requirement.  In past years, however, this was a Title III responsibility and Georgia's Title III version sought to reduce districts' paperwork burden by including within it elements of both ESOL and Title III requirements.

As the state transitioned to compliance with ESSA law, it was necessary to remove the ESOL notification elements of the letter - leaving only those elements required under Title I.  This resulted in a need for a new "ESOL services" letter to be developed for dissemination to parents.  This letter must be sent to the parents of every student who, after July 1, 2017, is found to qualify or continue to qualify for ESOL services.


Awards & Recognitions

Georgia's Spring 2017 Star ESOL Student & Teacher Award Winners

Star English Learners are graduating seniors whose character, academic grades and extracurricular activities reflect an exemplary level of achievement. These ESOL students are nominated by their school district and final selections are made by a state level committee. The Star students then select for recognition the "Star" ESOL teacher who has had a particularly positive impact on his or her life.  Congratulations to our regional winners!
For more information about Star Award nomination rules, click here

ESOL Teacher Certification

ESOL Teacher Certification questions should be directed to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). It is this agency that establishes teacher certification rules, reviews transcripts, advises prospective teachers on certification requirements and issues teacher endorsements and certifications. Please visit the Georgia PSC website for any ESOL certification questions.


ESOL Eligibility/Exit Quick Links:

WIDA Consortium

Since 2006 Georgia has been part of the WIDA Consortium, a group now consisting of 39 member states. Together with our colleague-states, we work in close collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Center for Applied Linguistics and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to ensure that our English Language Proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0) and our ESOL teaching standards remain reliable and valid across administration years. Click on the WIDA link below to learn more about our consortium’s K-12 English Language Development (ELD) Standards and the assessments used with ELs (W-APT and WIDA screeners and the end-of-year ACCESS for ELLs 2.0).



 Contact Information


Cori Alston
Program Manager, Title III & ESOL

Dr. Jacqueline Ellis, NBCT                                     Program Specialist, ESOL                                      404-463-1858                                                          Email:


 ESOL Program Resources