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About ESOL in Higher Ed

For nearly 10% of U.S. students (approximately 5 million) the burden of overcoming language barriers hinders their ability to acquire the knowledge and academic information presented to them in the classroom. ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Higher Ed was created to assist all educators to more effectively teach and assess students from diverse cultural backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.

what-we-do-imageESOL in Higher Ed is a resource to assist educators and ELs. It provides curriculum materials, evaluations, activities, and consulting services for educators, administrators, and teacher preparation programs. ESOL in Higher Ed also provides a centralized location of current educational policies, practices, and news within the EL community. The Consent Decree (also referred to as the META Agreement), established in 1990, requires ESOL training for PreK-12 teachers in Florida which currently ranks third among states in the number of English learners (ELs) in its student population. Florida has passed numerous pieces of legislation on the matter of addressing the needs of ELs. School districts require teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and administrators to show evidence of ESOL training. An environment of EL advocacy has been established in Florida, and every student’s success is the goal. A national increase on ELs is growing and will continue to challenge educators in delivering effective instruction and assessment protocol. ESOL in Higher Ed advocates for teachers who advocate for ELs. Great teachers know how to use their knowledge and skills to their fullest potential.