English Language Assessment & Guide for ESL Teachers


  1. Assess newcomers who have just arrived. When students first arrive, you need to get a clear picture of what they know and what they don't know. That way you can create a clear, manageable plan for how to get them to where they need to be.
  2. Monitor student progress over time. You can also use the assessment again after a period of time to see how the student is progressing. 
  3. Decide on the teaching materials that would be most appropriate for each group of students. If you are wondering which materials would be best for a particular student, this assessment will help you decide.

This resource has taken over a decade to develop and has helped 100s of English language teachers gain helpful insights into their students' English abilities.

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This assessment is one step in the process of getting a clear, helpful picture on how to best help your English learners succeed. For lots more resources like this, join the ESL Curriculum Membership. It will make it far easier to meet the needs of your English learners at different grades and proficiency levels.

A Little Background About the Kid-Inspired English Language Assessment

I struggled for years to know how best to test incoming students' English levels. There were so many factors involved. Too often, I relied on my gut which at times worked out, and at other times let me down.

I started developing this test to help remedy the problem. Twelve years and hundreds of students later, it has become an incredibly helpful tool.

The goal is to give as straightforward and unbiased an assessment as possible. Clearly understanding a student's English ability is the first step to knowing how to help them improve.

If you are an ELL teacher, thank you for the work that you do. It is not easy, but you make an enormous difference in the children's lives you reach.

Keep up the hard work and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

John Carlson

Where to From Here?

My goal is to make it easier for teachers like you to engage your ELLs, save time and close the gap. The ESL Assessment and Guide is just one small piece of that.

If you are struggling to meet the needs of English learners at different grade and proficiency levels, then it's time to let go of the stress, overwhelm, and busy-ness. 

The ESL Curriculum Membership was made for you. Join other teachers like you who are making a difference in their ELLs' lives without all the stress.

Read about Mara's experience below.

Mara's Testimonial ESL Curriculum Membership Materials v2.1

Read about Mara Elliot's experience with the materials in the ESL Curriculum Membership.