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English Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Students (LEP students)

Currently over 22,000 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are served in our county. Over 100 different languages are spoken by these individual students. Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, and Korean represent the majority of languages spoken by our LEP students.

Phone: (813) 272-4494

What is the "ESOL program"?

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program:

  • provides educational programs and services for all students who are classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) -- see below for definition of LEP eligibility.
  • surveys and screens all students who are new to the district to determine their level of English proficiency, and then
  • provides appropriate education programs and services for all students who are classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP).

Which students are eligible for ESOL services?

All students who have a language other than English spoken in their home and who after assessment are determined to be limited in their English proficiency are eligible for ESOL services.


What services do you provide to district staff?

    • Training & Staff Development. We schedule, monitor, coordinate, and deliver inservice training programs. Inservice training schedules and applications are mailed to all school sites for distribution to individuals in need of training. See also: Training and Staff Development
    • ESOL endorsement courses are offered in fall, winter and summer.
    • Several Administrative Resources teachers are on staff
    • Translation services (813)272-4549
    • Bilingual Psychologists (813)273-7000
    • Bilingual Social workers (813)273-7000
    • Bilingual Guidance counselor #1 (813)273-7552
      • assists with reviewing transcripts of foreign students to determine appropriate placement;
      • assists with initiating a guidance support group for refugee and immigrant students and their families; and
      • for parent involvement activities.
    • Bilingual Guidance counselor #2 (813)273-7336
      • assists with scheduling workshops for students and families regarding scholarships, college placement;
      • assist with initiating a guidance support group for refugee and immigrant students and their families.

What does LEP stand for?

The term “limited English proficient,” which is defined in section 9101 of Title IX by the United States Department of Education (USDE) in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), (2001).

When used with an individual, LEP means an individual:

  1. who is aged 3 through 21; AND
  2. who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school; AND
  3. who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; OR
    • who is Native American or Alaskan native or a native resident of the outlying areas; AND who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; OR
    • who is migratory and whose native language is other than English and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant.

Where will I find more information on ESOL?


Definitions of commonly used
"ESOL" terms/acronyms

E.F.L. = English as a foreign language

ELL E.L.L. = English language learners: learners who are beginning to learn English as a new language or have already gained some proficiency in English.
ELT E.L.T. = English Language Teaching. This term is mainly used by institutions in the U.K.

E.S.L. = (English) Second language learner. A learner who speaks language(s) other than English at home and who learns English as the dominant language of the media and education in the host culture.

English as a Second Language (ESL) training - English language training for individuals whose first language is not English. Training is designed to help participants learn English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


E.S.O.L. = Our district defines ESOL as: English for (or "of") Speakers of Other Languages

"...learners who are identified as still in the process of acquiring English as a second language; they may not speak English at all or, at least, do not speak, understand, and write English with the same facility as their classmates because they did not grow up speaking English."

ESP E.S.P. =English for Special Purposes.
Language Minority student Language minority students: Students who do not use English as their main language at home and whose family culture is different than the host culture. They are considered to be fluent in English, especially in their social language skills, not so much in academic.
LEP L.E.P. = Limited English Proficient (see also "What does LEP stand for?" on the left)
Non-English speaker Non-English speaker: Speaker whose primary language is not English.
Non-native English learners Non-native English learners: A learner whose family and/or native language background is not English.
TEAL T.E.A.L. = Teaching English as an Additional Language

T.E.F.L. = Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This term is predominantly used when English is being taught in a country where it isn't the native language (for example teaching English to Spanish people in Spain ).

TESFL T.E.S.F.L = Teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language
TESL T.E.S.L. = Teaching English as a Second Language. This is where English is being taught to non-native speakers of English in a country where it is the native language (for example teaching emigrants to the UK/USA).
TESOL T.E.S.O.L. = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This term theoretically encompasses both T.E.F.L. and T.E.S.L.

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