English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Friday, April 10th and Friday, May 29th will feature our remaining two ESOL family nights for this year at Heron Pond.

Updated April 8th, 2015. 

Mr. Jobin and Mr. Brooks support English language learners at Jacques Memorial, Heron Pond, Milford Middle School, the Sage School, and Milford High School.

As of the beginning of the school year, we support nearly 40 students representing seventeen different world languages from every continent, save for Australia (which is mostly English-speaking) and Antarctica (which is mostly penguins).  Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers make up our two largest language groups and about a quarter of our English learning population.

Contact us at 603-673-1811 ext 2911 or e-mail Mr. Jobin at djobin@sau40.com.

Mr. Denis Jobin, MA, ESOL Teacher/Coordinator

Mr. Alan Brooks, MA, ESOL Associate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ESOL? 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers support 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 integrated into the regular school day.  Milford has two instructors, Mr. Jobin and Mr. Brooks, who travel to each school in the district.

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.  Milford uses Title III funds for summer programs and supplemental resources for ESOL students.

How are students identified for ESOL services?

A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration. If a language other than English is indicated, the student’s English skills are assessed with the W-APT screener. 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?

Annual testing is required by Federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language Learners.  During the winter, students eligible for ESOL services are assessed in the four language domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing, using the ACCESS test. 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 if I am dissatisfied with my child’s ESOL services?

If you are unsatisfied with your child’s ESOL services, please follow these steps in order.

1. Contact Mr. Jobin or the classroom teacher.

2. Contact the building principal.

3. Contact the superintendent.

4. Request an appointment with the school board through the Superintendent’s Office.

5. Contact the Title III/ESOL State Director.

For each of the above, you can contact via phone, e-mail, letter, or arrange a meeting.  If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you.

This is a published sample of the ACCESS for English Language Learners assessment that is given to every ESOL student in New Hampshire each February.   The test is designed to assess how well a student is able to comprehend and perform in an English-only classroom.  Please note that this sample includes examples from all grade levels.  The actual test is broken into clusters of kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.  This sample is linked here for the purpose of parents who are interested in the design of this assessment, not for actual student practice.

Starfall is a great website full of quality games and animated, read-aloud stories for young readers of English (grades K-2, or very new English learners in grades 3-5).  It is a great tool for teaching phonics.

Breaking News English has current, nonfiction news articles and activities for Middle and High School aged English language learners.  It’s updated with new content every couple of days.

American English, published by the United States State Department, has a large of number of stories and activities intended primarily towards foreigners living abroad who want to learn English.  It includes an online games designed to teach about American culture.  This site is best for an older, mature student learner who is good with the internet and knows what they are looking for.  Some parts would be especially valuable to new, first-generation  immigrants.

For those wanting to give a middle or high school student high-quality language practice at home, this New York Times blog on English language teaching gives lesson planning ideas based around current features in the New York Times online newspaper.  Unlike resources like Starfall.com or Breaking News English, this is not a ready-to-use resource, but rather a place for a motivated high school student, parent, tutor or teacher to go and spend an hour or two to construct an engaging activity.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a measure of a student’s ability to use English in a college environment.  ESOL students interested in college often take the TOEFL as apart of their college applications.

A New York Times article on the intellectual advantages enjoyed by those who have mastered two languages.

A tremendous resource from New Hampshire Public Radio about immigration into our increasingly diverse state.  Dozens of articles can be found at this link.

Our presentation to the Milford School Board in 2011 was featured in the local Milford Cabinet newspaper.

The Wadleigh Library on 49 Nashua St. is a fantastic community resource. In addition to books, they have free internet access, activities for kids, and resources for adults.

The Milford Recreation Department on 1 Union Square offers a variety of events, activities, and trips for children and adults. This is the place to check for local celebrations, as well as information about parks and the local swimming pool.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club on 56 Mont Vernon St. is an option for before and after school childcare, with buses that go directly to the Milford schools.

WMUR.com is the website for the local television station. In additional to weather and news, they list what schools are closed on bad weather days.

The Milford Cabinet is the local newspaper.

SHARE Outreach helps needy Milford families with food and clothing. The Main Office and Food Pantry is at 1 Columbus Avenue, while the Clothing Barn is on 34 Amherst St. in Milford.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Milford Care Center on 442 Nashua St. offers non-emergency diagnosis and treatment of minor illness and injury.

Milford Community Athletic Association on 26 North River Road provides youth team sports in soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball.

The Adult Learning Center on 4 Lake Street in Nashua offers free English language lessons for adults as well as other training and services.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has applications for health insurance for children under 20.

The Department of Motor Vehicles in Concord, NH issues drivers’ licences to non-US residents.

Nashua Community College on 505 Amherst St. in Nashua, NH is a nearby commuter college for adults seeking career skills.

UNH Manchester hosts a summer program for English Learners, ages 16 and up, to prepare them for college success.