ESL Program Forms
by Judie Haynes
Why reinvent the wheel? Check out our home language form, oral language survey and our new ESL report card. If you're starting a new ESL program in your district or revising your forms, you may wish to see what another district is doing.
I am often asked by ESL teachers to send them the forms that I use in my ESL program. In New Jersey, some of the information we gather is required by our bilingual code. Many ESL teachers in small districts collect the language information for other state and federal reports during the school year. I have included most of the forms I use as PDF files. If you have a form you would like to share, attach it to an email and send it to me. I will put it on this site.
- When a new student enrolls in my district, the parents are given Home Language Survey to fill out if they list another language on the registration card. This is a pre-screening device. From the information on this form I can tell whether students needs to take the test for entry into ESL.
- Each year every teacher is asked to complete a Classroom Language Survey. This is another tool to help me decide whether a student needs to be tested for ESL or not. These forms also serve as the basis of a count required by the State of New Jersey.
- If a student enrolls whose family speaks another language at home, but who obviously will not need ESL services, we give the parents the Language form to fill out. This form is given to students who have been in another district for many years or to those who come from countries where English is the language of school instruction. This form also allows me to collect information about which dialect of a particular language a student speaks.
- Once students are placed in the ESL program, the classroom teacher is asked to assess students each marking period with the Student progress report. Kindergarten students are assessed with the Kindergarten Progress Report. The classroom teacher also completes the Oral language rating sheet. These reports are very useful when holding conferences with parents. They also allow the ESL teacher to see how the student is performing in the mainstream class. ESL teachers hold conferences with all parents and use a translated ESL report card. You can find a copy of our report card at Report Card 1. and at Report Card 2.
- At the end of each school year the classroom teachers are asked for their recommendations on whether or not studnts should exit the ESL program. This form is the ESL exit recommendation. This helps the ESL teacher make decisions about the student placement for the following year.
- One other form is used each year for exited ESL students. We follow student progress by asked the classroom teacher to let us know how an exited student is doing. This form is Exited student progress report.
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