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TESOL Standards for Pre-K to 12th grade ESOL Learners

Goal 1: To use English to communicate in social settings

  • Standard I: Students will use English to participate in social interaction
  • Standard II: Students will interact in, through, and with spoken and written English for personal expression and enjoyment
  • Standard III: Studnets will use learning strategies to extend their communicative competence

Goal 2: To use English to achieve academically in all content areas

  • Standard I:Students will use English to interact in the classroom
  • Standard II:Students will use English to obtain, process, construct, and provide subject matter information in spoken and written form
  • Standard III: Students will use appropriate learning strategies to construct and apply academic knowledge

Goal 3: To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways

  • Standard I: Students will choose language variety, register, and genre according to audience, purpose, and setting
  • Standard II: Students will vary non-verbal communication according to audience, purpose, and setting
  • Standard III: Students will use appropriate learning strategies to extend their sociolinguistic and sociocultural competence

Source: Short, D.J. & Gomez, E.L. (1996). TESOL develops standards fro pre-K-12 students. ERIC/CLL News Bulletin, 19 (2): 4-5. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.

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