ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” — Charlemagne

 

Welcome to the Brunswick School Department
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program.

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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is the program.
ESL (English as a Second Language) is the instruction subject.
EL (English Learner) is the student.

The Brunswick School Department (BSD) welcomes students and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. BSD’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. We strive to ensure that all students have equal access to content instruction while learning English at the same time. It is the policy of (BSD) to provide an equitable and appropriate education to all students. The purpose of this program is to ensure English Learners (ELs) are provided with an educationally appropriate instruction in a manner to achieve English language proficiency and to fulfill their academic potential. BSD believes in student success, professional excellence, and community connections in all aspects and programs and for all students. Our diverse backgrounds add richness to our classrooms, our personal interactions, and our understanding of others and of ourselves. It is the belief that all cultures, groups, and individuals should be recognized and respected. It is the belief that we can all benefit from different perspectives and experiences. It is the belief that together we can succeed, reach excellence, and connect as a global community.

 
 

Meet our staff.


To 
learn more:

Registration and Identification 
Frequently Asked Questions by New Families
Assessments
WIDA Rubrics
Translation and Interpreter Services
Resources for Faculty and Staff


Resources for Students and Families

 

Bowdoin Bear PALS (Partners in Academic Language Support)

 

To volunteer in the ESOL program:

BSD Volunteer online application
BSD Volunteer Handbook
ESOL Interpreter and Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement

 

Emily Darby, district ESOL coordinator/teacher:
edarby@brunswick.k12.me.us 

 

Languages spoken
by our students
and families:

Arabic
Bulgarian
English
Filipino
French
German
Gujarati
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese

Khmer
Lingala
Mandarin
Polish

Portuguese
Spanish
Swedish
Tagalog
Tibetan

Thai

Vietnamese