ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. [TESOL]
The standards described in this document specify the language competencies English as a Second Language (ESL) students in elementary and secondary schools need to become fully proficient in English, to have unrestricted access to grade-appropriate instruction in challenging academic subjects, and ultimately to lead rich and productive lives. The development of these standards has been informed by the work of other national standards groups, particularly by the English language arts and foreign language standards. The standards focus around three goals, with three standards for each goal for students in grades pre-k through 3, 4 through 8, and 9 through 12. Goals for students include: (1) to use English to communicate in social settings; (2) to use English to achieve academically in all content areas; and (3) to use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways. For each standard, descriptors and sample progress indicators are provided, along with the instructional sequence, a discussion, and a vignette. Vignettes are intended to be representative of the types of students for whom these standards are deigned. An appendix includes the ESL standards committee and writing team members, reviews, and production staff. A glossary of relevant terms is included. (Contains 57 references.)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. [TESOL]. ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students (1997). TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.: Alexandria, VA.
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