As the number of students who do not speak English increases, some schools are relying more on their English for Speakers of Other Languages to keep those students from falling behind.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina,the number of ESOL students had increased, indicating a greater need for ESOL resources. A large increase has occurred within the past two years.
“English for Speakers of Other Languages students are typically bright children who come here from other places,” said Cathy Boshamer, District 5 director of special services. “We work with them on core content like all other children, and we work closely with them on picking up English.”
Federally funded ESOL programs were established under Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. When local school districts receive the funds, they are used to help those students who are deemed “Limited English Proficient” further education.