Student Services

English for Speakers of Other Languages

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ESOL Teacher/Program Coordinator

Stephanie Doyle
stephanie.doyle@eppingsd.org
Epping Elementary School: Room C102
Epping Middle High School: Room H134
603-679-5472 Ext. 4134

Director of Student Services/LEA

Cathy Zylinski - District Contact
Epping Public Schools
czylinski@eppingsd.org 
603-679-8003 x7105

The Mission of the ESOL Program

The ESOL Program supports the mission of the Epping School District:
The mission of the Epping School District is to focus on the potential of every student and engage them to be passionate, confident learners who demonstrate competence and have strength of character to reach their highest aspirations and thoughtfully contribute to a diverse and changing world.

The mission of the ESOL Program is to provide support, appropriate instruction and programs that promote academic achievement in English for students whose first language is not English and are still working towards proficiency in Academic English.

What is ESOL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, is a state and federally mandated program for all students whose first language is not English.
The Epping School District offers an ESOLProgram, which is a combination of push-in and pull-out services by a state-certified ESOL Teacher. The district provides students identified as English Language Learners a linguistically and culturally responsive education. Specialized instruction, curriculum modifications and adaptations, and culturally-sensitive teaching techniques are all components of the Epping School District ESOL Program. The ESOL staff follow New Hampshire standards, WIDA guidelines, and best practices for second language acquisition, providing students with educational opportunities to successfully acquire social and academic English skills while concurrently developing cultural awareness. The ESOL staff also promote multicultural awareness in classrooms, equitable access for all students across the school district, and parental involvement in our schools and the community.

Who is an English Learner?

English Learners (ELs) are students who are native speakers of a language or languages other than English and who require language support to perform academic classwork in English. This student population may include recent immigrants or refugees from other countries, as well as US-born children with parents or guardians that maintain a language other than English in the home.

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Student and Family Resources

Books

Multicultural Manners by Norine Dresser. Gives readers the understanding they need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations. Suggests methods that foster respect for diversity.

Oxford Picture Dictionary by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein and Norma Shapiro. A vocabulary development program taught by theme. Realistic scenarios, story pages and practice exercises supported by digital tools for student practice, interactive whiteboard presentation software, workbooks, classroom activities, audio and more.

Helpful Links

ABCYa - Educational games organized by grade level, from 1st to 5th; particularly good for spelling and phonics. There are games to practice vowels, uppercase and lowercase letters, Dolch sight words, synonyms and antonyms and more.

BBC - Online courses, classes, videos and quizzes for all levels of English language, help with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as understanding the words in the news.

Colorin Colorado - a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and parents.

Exeter Adult Education - offering free Academic English Skills classes, morning and evening options, free of charge with ongoing enrollment.

Dave’s ESL Cafe - A forum for both ESOL teachers and students around the world. Includes quizzes, grammar explanations, and discussion forums for students. Includes classroom ideas on all subjects as well as discussion forums.

Starfall - Geared towards K-3, teaches basic English reading and writing skills by using games, songs, and phonics.

WIDA - This site explains language development, provides examples of what students can do based on their level of language development. It also includes information on the annual assessment given to ELs called ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

Additionally, social media sites offer ESOL-related accounts and networking groups that can have relevant resources. There are also many free podcasts (some examples are here) available that assist in language acquisition.

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.