ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed to meet the diverse needs of English language learners (ELLs) who come from home environments in which the native language is other than English. These students may have difficulty understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the English language without additional support. 
    ELL students receive their language arts instruction from ESOL certified teachers using research-based, effective teaching methods. In addition, bilingual assistants help students in all subject area classes and provide assistance to families with home/school communications.
    Skycrest currently has six full time certified ESOL teachers and three full time Bi-Lingual assistants. Teachers will push in or pull out during the school day for ELL students.

    Families fill out a Language Home Survey when enrolling - if another language is spoken in the home, the student is then assessed using the CELLA test to determine eligilbility.  Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) to measure the growth of students classified as English Language Learners (ELLs) in mastering the skills in English they will need to succeed in school. CELLA is a four-skill language proficiency assessment which tests:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
    ESOL Teachers & Bi-Lingual Assistants:  Ms. Murphy, Ms. Knorpel, Ms. Frisby, Ms. Keener, Ms. Karasick, Ms. Santos, Ms. Vargas, Ms. Tovar, and Ms. Dyvig.
    Skycrest hosts a monthly International Cafe at 8:45am for parents to provide information about what is happening at school.  Translation is provided.
    21-22 Meeting Dates - in the Media Center:









    ESOL Goals:

    • To help students attain English language proficiency, so they can succeed and excel in academics
    • To provide instruction that satisfies diverse cultural and language needs
    • To promote an appreciation of different cultures and their contributions to our society


    ESOL Program for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade:

    Skycrest incorporates the PALS reading program for grades K-2nd ESOL students.  This is the overview of the program:

    The PALS reading program, otherwise known as Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies, was developed for students from preschool age through high school. As the title suggests, it is a peer activity in which students take turns as the coach while the other is the reader. To motivate students, points are awarded for both good reading and good coaching. 

    The PALS framework uses three separate reading strategies. In partner reading and retelling, the reader reads for five minutes while the coach listens for mistakes and prompts for corrections as necessary. The coach then asks the reader what she has learned. In paragraph shrinking, participants create main-idea statements. Reading one paragraph at a time, the reader responds to the coach's prompt to state the main idea. Prediction relay increases comprehension and student interest in the selection. Before reading, the reader has two minutes to predict what might happen in the text. After the five-minute reading, the student has two minutes to evaluate his prediction.

    Source:  https://education.seattlepi.com/pals-reading-program-1643.html