English Learner Resources for ESOL Coordinators

Unlocking the Research on English Learners

“ELD instruction is designed to help [English Learners] learn and acquire English to a level of proficiency (e.g., advanced) that maximizes their capacity to engage successfully in academic studies taught in English.”


English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction

"Effective instruction in general is the foundation of effective instruction for ELs. However, it is probably not sufficient to promote accelerated learning among ELs."

English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

“We need to shift the paradigm by increasing the opportunities and choices for students and families to those that support the acquisition of academic English, while simultaneously developing the students’ native language and teaching the students content. We need to create district and school cultures that celebrate and value linguistic and cultural diversity.”



ELL Low-Incidence Guide

“Based on expanded research in the field of ELL instruction and an increased need for strategies that can be implemented immediately in a wide variety of settings, this report presents ten instructional strategies for schools and districts with a low incidence of ELLs, which can be used whether or not a school has dedicated ELL staff. Current research suggests that these strategies show promise for improving the quality of instruction for ELLs in low-incidence settings. The strategies are research-based and are intended to provide educators with tools and techniques that can be readily implemented in a general education classroom.”

ESOL Considerations for TESS

This document is intended to serve as a resource for teachers and administrators who work with English Learners (ELs). This document was developed through funding from the Common Core State Standards Improvement Grant for Arkansas.


Arkansas Bilingual Interpreter Credential in Education

ABICE is a professional training program and credential for bilingual adults in Arkansas whoprovide interpreter services in educational settings for families of children from birth through  12th grade. The credential is recognized in Arkansas by both the Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) and by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Download “English-Spanish Glossary of Child Chare Terms




ESOL Student Assessment

The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) tests English Learners (EL) to determine their level of proficiency in the English language. More information on ELPA21 can be viewed by visiting the ELPA21 page


 ADE DESE  K-12 English Learners Listserv

The ADE DESE English Learners Listserv is designed for educators working with English Learners in the state of Arkansas in Grades K-12. The purpose is to communicate information regarding technical assistance, professional development, and opportunities for schools with English Learners.

You must respond to the confirmation email to finalize enrollment!



  • Fall 2021 Statewide ESOL Coordinator Meeting (Video) | (PDF)
  • Professional Judgment Rubric - Exit Criteria (Video) | (PDF)
  • 2021-22 Language Minority Student/English Learner Data Entry (Video) | (PDF)
  • Arkansas English Learner Entrance and Exit Procedures (Video) | (PDF)


For more information, please contact

Tricia Kerr, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program Director
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learning Services
4 North Double Springs Road
Farmington, AR 72730
Office: 479-267-7450 ext 334
Fax: 479-267-7456

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