.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "Bilingual education program" means one in which students receive instruction in their native language as well as in English.

(2) "English as a Second Language (ESL) program" or "English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program" means a program in which the students are instructed only by means of English using established methodologies for developing second language skills.

(3) "Home language survey" means one or more questions posed to parents and students upon entering a local school system in order to determine the language or languages spoken in the home.

(4) "Interrupted schooling" means a student comes to a Maryland public school with an interruption of 6 or more months in schooling in the student's home country.

(5) "Non-English or limited-English proficient (NEP/LEP)" means a student who:

(a) Was born outside the United States or whose native language is not English;

(b) Comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; or

(c) Is an American Indian or Alaskan Native and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the student's level of English language proficiency.