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A resource guide for educators of limited English proficient students, grades Pre-K - 6

Introduction to the Help! Kit:

The first Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit was produced in 1989 by a task force of Virginia migrant educators who were getting an increasing number of requests from classroom teachers for information about and assistance with their limited English proficient (LEP) students. The Help! Kit has proved to be an excellent resource for teachers who are seeking ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans, and materials.  This newly revised manual retains the original focus of providing helpful information to busy mainstream teachers who are seeking practical advice on how they can more effectively include, instruct and nurture LEP students.  It is important to emphasize that most of the strategies promoted here are recommended strategies for all students, not just LEP students.

The quickest way to get the Help! Kit is to download the kit in *.pdf format. Click on any of the chapters below to download them. The complete kit has a handsome color cover, an introduction with a table of contents, and nine chapters. The files are laid out for back to back copying of the kit to save paper. If you are not familiar with the *.pdf format you can check it out and get a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking on the Get Acrobat Reader icon.

The table below lists the chapter number and the contents. Download the kit entire kit in low resolution (~14 MB) or just the parts that interest you - 12 MB of this 14 MB is the articles at the back. Groups seeking multiple copies of the kit are urged to download it and copy it for distribution as needed within their schools. High resolution files are available if your print shop would prefer them. The high resolution files are very large and downloading them is a job for someone with a high bandwidth connection

introcontents.pdf (42KB) 

 chapter1.pdf (336KB)  

 chapter2.pdf (368KB)  


 Migrant Students, Schools, and Culture

 Strategies for Involving LEP Students in the Mainstream Classroom

 chapter3.pdf (348KB)

chapter4.pdf (300KB)

 chapter5.pdf (232KB)

 Promoting Literacy (By Any Means Necessary)

 English in the Content Areas

 Promoting Mathematics (By Any and All Means)

 chapter6.pdf (336KB)

 chapter7.pdf (352KB)

 chapter8.pdf (76KB)

 Assessment and Evaluation: How Can We Be Fair and Demanding?

 Fostering Home-School Partnerships

 Technical Assistance and Resources

 chapter9.pdf (~12MB)

 Articles of Interest

 covermed.pdf (478KB)

 Articles of Interest

 available on the WWW

 medium resolution color cover

Educators can obtain a free copy of this publication by phoning ESCORT at 1.800.451.8058, faxing ESCORT at 607.436.3606, writing to the address below or by emailing us at the address below. Please note that filling requests for the kit could take a few weeks for processing. The quickest way to get your hands on the kit is to use the download option. Funds for printing and mailing are limited. If you can manage to download the kit please do so, that way schools lacking computers and internet access can still get a copy of the kit.

Writing ESCORT at:   ESCORT - Migrant Education
                                   SUNY College at ONEONTA - 304 Bugbee Hall
                                   State St
                                   Oneonta NY 13820-4015

Emailing  ESCORT - , please include your complete address with zip code. Also list your job title (ESL Coordinator, ESL Teacher, etc) and your school or agency affiliation.

If you or an educator that you know has trouble connecting to [some school districts take exception to the word ESCORT - in our case it is an acronymn derived from Eastern Stream Center On Resouces and Training - but you wouldn't want to type that, would you?] you may also download the kit from



The publication of this edition of Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit was a joint effort of the Region IV and Region XIV Comprehensive Centers and their subcontractors, ESCORT and the Center for Applied Linguistics.  Staff spent a significant amount of professional and personal time formulating ideas, researching, organizing, writing, and editing.

We are indebted to the following individuals for their work in putting this kit together:

Maria Derrick-Mescua, Center for Applied Linguistics and Region XIV
Allene G.Grognet, Center for Applied Linguistics and Region XIV
Marvin Rodriguez, Region IV Comprehensive Center
Huong-Mai Tran, MAITRAN Associates
Pamela Wrigley, ESCORT

The kit can be used by educators throughout the country for all limited English proficient (LEP) children not just those of migrant/seasonal farmworkers.

Greetings - You found an ESCORT web page, but we have created and released another web page as of June, 2001 that we will be updating more regularly. Please bookmark and use the following site. The new Help! Kit for Teachers of Secondary students will soon be available at the new site. Click on the Products tab to access the Help! Kits.

This page was last updated September 26, 2003. Please address any concerns about this page to Bob Thomas.