ESOL

The primary mission of the ESOL Department is to facilitate English language acquisition for students for whom English is not the first language. This is achieved through ESOL instructional classes, pull-out, and/or push-in services. The ESOL Department complies with state standards for English language acquisition, the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium Standards (WIDA), and uses these standards in conjunction with the fundamental principles of second language acquisition in order to provide the most beneficial learning environment possible to the student. The ESOL Department also works to promote multi-cultural awareness in classrooms across the school district, and parental involvement in schools and the community.

ESOL Complaint Process

If you are unsatisfied with the district's Title III / ESOL Program, or your child's ESOL services, please follow these steps in order:

  1. Contact the ESOL staff member and/or Mainstream teacher. You can call, email, or write a letter.
  2. Contact the building principal. You can call, email, or write a letter.
  3. Contact the Superintendent of Schools. You can call, email, or write a letter:
    Phyllis Schlichter, Ed.D
    Assistant Superintendent of Schools
    20 Library Street
    Hudson, NH 03051
    (603) 886-1269
    pschlichter@sau81.org
  4. Request an appointment with the School Board through the Superintendent's Office.

  5. Contact the Title III / ESOL State Director. You can call or email:
    Andrea Somoza-Norton, Ed.D
    Title III State Director
    (603) 271-2034
    Andrea.Somoza-Norton@doe.nh.gov

For all of these steps, you can arrange a meeting either by phone, or in person, at a time that is convenient for you. If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you.

ESOL Quick FAQs

What is ESOL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers assistance to students who have another language in their background and need help in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to be successful in school. ESOL services are offered and integrated into the regular school day.

How are students identified for ESOL services?

A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration. If there is an indication of a language other than English, the form is forwarded to that school's ESOL teacher. After a review of information, the student's English skills are assessed with either the W-APT or the MODEL. Eligibility for services is based on those test results. Parents may not opt-out of this initial assessment.

If ESOL services are recommended, is participation required?

No, parents may choose to decline ESOL services for their child, but under Federal law, if the child is eligible for ESOL, the child must take an annual assessment until their scores qualify the child to exit.

How are students exited from ESOL identification?

Whether or not a student receives ESOL services, annual testing is required by Federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language Learners. The state of New Hampshire uses the ACCESS to fulfill these requirements. During the winter, students eligible for ESOL services are assessed in the four language areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. Students must score a composite of no less than 5.0 with no language domain score less than 4.0 to be considered proficient in the English language.

What is Title III?

Title III is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts to ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic content all children are expected to meet. For more information, visit the link below.

How is Title III funding used in Hudson's Schools?

Adhering to Federal parameters for the use of Title III money, Hudson uses the funds to:

Purchase instructional materials for students
Purchase technology (e.g. iPads) for students
Increase outreach to parents and community members
Provide professional development opportunities to faculty and staff

ESOL Resources

Listed below are resources related to ESOL that are available through other websites.

ESOL in NH and MA

ESOL in Nashua, NH
Directory of ESOL information in NH
Directory of ESOL information in MA
ESOL in Andover, MA
ESOL in Lowell, MA

Other Online Resources

Global Post - An online resource of news and articles from around the world

World Factbook - Information about countries around the world

World Wide International TV -Watch online TV channels and stations from around the world

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (for students planning on going to college)

ESL Podcasting - Links to podcasting sites and more!

National Public Radio - Links to podcasting and online radio

A4ESL.org - Online activities for ESL students

Khan Academy - Provides videos of all academic areas

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