How to Write an ESL Report

by Justin L. Richman

An ESL (English as a Second Language) report is a report aimed at evaluating the classroom performance of a student for whom English is his second language. This type of student often needs special support and attention regarding his English learning skills. ESL reports typically evaluate the student along four lines: behavior and class participation, academic abilities, level of improvement throughout the term and overall comments about the student. While largely subjective in nature, there are five basic sections that every good ESL report should contain.

Begin the ESL report with the introduction, in which you will give a brief description of the student. This description should include the student's name and any general impressions of the student, such as "this student is a favorite in my class" or "this student stands out as a quick learner."

Describe the student's behavior and level of classroom participation. Include in this section how well the student is actively engaged in learning and cooperates with her classmates. Also list any examples of outstanding or problematic behavior on the part of the student, as well as specific examples of her willingness to engage in learning activities.

Access the student's academic performance as compared to others on the same grade level. While all levels of the student's academic performance should be discussed in this section, the student's progress in mastering the English language should be highlighted. Vocabulary, reading, writing and pronunciation skills are good indicators of this progress.

Rate the student's overall level of improvement during the school term for which he is being evaluated. Be sure to give examples of the student's improvement level, and discuss the criteria used to judge this improvement.

Give any final thoughts or conclusions about the student and her current level of learning. In this section, provide any recommendations you may have for the student, as well as any forecasts you may have for her future progress.


  • Online ESL report writing tools can be very helpful in constructing a report that includes the basic relevant information. (See the Resources section.)