ESOL Proficiency Levels

ESOL Instruction is provided to language minority students based on their English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. An English proficiency level is determined when the student enters Fairfax County Public Schools, and is updated every September. The proficiency levels are summarized as follows:

Level LA (ESOL-1) Students have little or no schooling in their home country. Instruction addresses the basic concepts, background knowledge, and language needed to participate in the general education program.

Level A (ESOL-1) Students have little or no proficiency in English and need intensive English instruction.

Level B1 (ESOL-2) Students have some proficiency in understanding and speaking English; they are gaining additional experience in reading and writing English. Literature and subject area materials are studied.

Level B-2 (ESOL-3) Students are fairly proficient in understanding and speaking English, but their skills in reading and writing need additional refinement. Literature is studied.

Level B3 Students who have exited the ESOL program within the last two calendar years.

ESOL Curriculum

The ESOL high school curriculum is aligned with the High School English Program of Studies. The curriculum incorporates both content and literature-based approaches to student learning and integrates instructional activities in relevant contexts. ESOL students take the courses listed below:






ESOL Level

 A1

571011

571012

571013

A2

571014

571015

571016

A3

571017

571018

571019

B1

572091

572092

B2

573000

C

Oral Proficiency

1-2

English

2~3

English

3~4

English

4

5

5~6

Writing Proficiency

2-2

English

2-3

English

3 ~4

English

4

4*~ 5

5~6

Reading Proficiency

DRP Units

-15 ~ 15

16~24

25~34

35~50

51~59

60+ DRP Units

Content Courses

Concepts Science

Concepts Social Studies

Fast Math

Electives

Concepts Science

Concepts Social Studies

Fast Math

or electives

Science

Concepts Social Studies

Fast Math, appropriate math class

or electives

Adapt. Biology

World History 1

Algebra part 1

or appropriate math class

Chemistry, Physics, Geo Systems World History 2, US VA Gov.
Algebra, Geometry or appropriate math.

Previous Schooling

Limited or interrupted

Usually Continuous

* only a strong 4

Falls Church H.S. ESOL Secondary Placement Chart