What is ESOL?

ESOL services came about out of the Florida META Consent Decree, which addresses the civil rights of English Language Learner (ELL) students – their right to equal access to all education programs. In addressing these rights, the Consent Decree provides a structure that ensures the delivery of comprehensible instruction, which ELLs are entitled.

Based upon the Florida META Consent Decree, students have a right to be identified and assessed for ELL services; to have equal access to appropriate programming; to have equal access to all programs appropriate to their academic needs; to be taught by an ESOL endorsed teacher; and to receive a two-way word-to-word dictionary.


Want to be involved?

ESOL Parent Leadership Council (PLC): The ESOL Parent Leadership Council consists of parents, teachers, and community stakeholders who come together to discuss concerns regarding ESOL and problem-solve ways to help improve the ESOL program. One of the Council’s major functions is to aid in the development of the District ELL Plan. ESOL Parent Leadership Council meeting are held throughout the school year.

If interested in attending, please contact Lourdes Khosrozadeh at 904-547-8924 or email at [email protected]


Need ESOL Endorsement?

St. Johns County School District offers all courses needed for ESOL endorsement. Each course is taught in an online format.  In order to take advantage of these courses:

  • You must hold a Florida teaching certificate and be employed as a teacher in St. Johns County.
  • Courses may be taken in any order.
  • All 5 ESOL courses are needed to complete the full 300 – hour ESOL endorsement.
  • Teachers who are ESOL certified need to complete 120 hours of ESOL courses before
    the 1st renewal period of the teaching certificate.
  • Sign up for courses in SunGard.
  • ESOL classes needed:
    1. Methods of Teaching ESOL
    2. ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
    3. Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding
    4. Applied Linguistics
    5. Testing and Evaluation of ESOL

If you have any questions regarding ESOL endorsement courses, contact Melinda Bogart with Professional Development @ 904-547-7614 or Valerie Etienne-Leveille @ 904-547-7700.

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