English Learner Students

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The focus for our English Learner (EL) program is to provide our students with strategies and resources to help them achieve proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Our goal is for our EL students to emerge as confident leaders in our global community.

Program Overview

Georgia Cyber Academy offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to students that qualify for services. Students in the program will receive small group support daily through a live class connect session with an ESOL certified teacher. Through the use of a National Geographic’s curriculum, students will work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing English Skills. Students get a unique opportunity practice their skills in a highly engaging and exciting class.

Program Goals

The ESOL teachers work in collaboration with classroom and other special programs teachers to support language acquisition of academic and social skills.

ESOL students will become fluent in the English language in the areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking as measured by the WIDA Can-Do descriptors.

The ESOL teachers work in collaboration with families to ensure students and families receive the supports they need to be successful in a virtual schooling environment.

The ESOL program encourages the student's positive recognition and value of their culture and the diverse culture of others.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are English Learners?

English Language Learners are students whose primary or home language is other than English and who are eligible for services based on the results of an English language proficiency assessment.

What is the correct terminology to identify language minority students?

The language in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 identifies language minority students as Limited English Proficiency students or LEPs. However, the Georgia Department of Education, ESOL program follows the lead of the U.S. Department of Education by identifying these students as English Learners or (ELs) since this term clearly delineates the English language acquisition process. The two terms may be used interchangeably.

How does a student qualify for the EL program?

If the Home Language Survey indicates a language other than English on any of the three HLS questions, the KWAP-T or WIDA Screener, as applicable, will be administered to the student. It is used to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in
the U.S or who speak another language at home. It allows us to determine whether a child is in need of English language instructional services, and if so, at what level.

Why should my child participate in the EL program?

Acquiring social and academic (school) language is a long process. Your child may appear fluent in English yet struggles to read and write. As your child goes through school, the language content and skills continue to get more difficult. By participating in this program, your child will receive additional assistance from his or her teachers. This assistance may be
provided through small groups or through additional resources that your child may use to assist him/her in developing more advanced language skills.

Are ELs eligible for special education services?

Yes. ELs who have been identified as eligible for special education services should be dually served by both programs. See section “Beyond ESOL: Additional Services for ELs.” 

How can I help my child?

Parents are encouraged to become active members of their child’s school. You can help by encouraging your child to take advantage of all the resources that GCA provides. Also, please encourage your child to ask questions when he or she needs help. In addition to this, read with your child and discuss what you have read together.

Should I stop speaking my native language at home and speak English only?

No, children are encouraged to continue to develop their first language as they acquire English.

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