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and Professional Development

ESOL

In the past few years, the nation has felt the impact of the immigration of non-English speaking families. Florida ranks among the top four states in the nation (along with California, Texas and New York) in the immigrant and refugee populations. Recent demographics show an ever-increasing group of culturally and linguistically diverse students entering in the public school system. Many different language groups are represented in our district. As a result of this increase and recent legislation, the state and districts have made a commitment to provide training for school personnel which will enable schools to meet the needs of English language learner (ELL) students.

 

Teachers who are primary providers of English/Language Arts/Reading/Writing instruction are required to add the ESOL endorsement or certification within the specified timeline. This endorsement was required by an August 1990 Act of the Florida Legislature.

 

ESOL Endorsement
The ESOL endorsement is an area of certification that is added to a core academic subject area on a valid Florida educator's certificate. Listed below are the 5 courses required for the ESOL endorsement, (300 in-service points or 15 semester hours).
1. Methods of Teaching ESOL
2. ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
3. Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding
4. Testing and Evaluation of ESOL
5. Applied Linguistics

The above courses are offered to current SBHC instructional personnel on a rotating basis free of charge through our Professional Development Department.

Contact Sandy Smith @ 471-5746 for more information.

 

ESOL Certification
Certified teachers may obtain coverage in ESOL K-12 through the ESOL subject area exam and 120 in-service points (6 semester hours).

 

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY AND VETERAN'S PREFERENCE EMPLOYER

 

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