ESL Services

ESL Services

English as a Second Language (ESL) services are offered to help students whose primary language is other than English. 

An English Language Learner (ELL) is a student who:

  • was not born in the United States or whose native language is not English
  • is migratory or comes from an environment where another language other than English is dominant
  • has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language that may interfere with the students' opportunity to learn successfully in the classroom where the language of instruction is English

The goals for the ESL program at Academy of Dover is to have students become fully English proficient and meet or exceed the academic standards set by the State of Delaware.

ESL Identification Process

Students are identified as ELL through a home language survey and an English proficiency assessment according to the Delaware DOE definitions. All parents complete the home language survey upon enrollment. If any language other than English is spoken in the home, the student may be ELL. Based on the answers on the home language survey, the students are tested using the W-APT or ACCESS test of English language proficiency. This test identifies what performance level the students are; 

Level 1- Entering

Level 2- Beginning

Level 3- Developing

Level 4- Expanding

Level 5- Bridging

Small group instructional support for ELLs is provided by the ESL teacher. 

Every spring, the DE Department of Education requires an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment to be administered to all ELL students to measure the level of proficiency that has been gained during the school year. 

More information can be found at DOE's website.