World Language/ESL/Bilingual Education
Mrs. Ruth Chang, Supervisor
Barbara Alexander, Secretary
The ability to communicate in more than one language expands students’ views as well as educates them to participate in the global community. Developing a strong language proficiency in a world language enhances students’ 21st century skill set so students are more marketable in the areas of trade, business, marketing, national security, military, law, philosophy, STEM, public health, art, film, music, dance, fashion, cuisine. In addition, students gain the personal satisfaction of their ability to understand the perspectives of other people and to communicate with them.
In 2016-2017, all fourth and fifth grade East Brunswick students will begin studying Spanish. When students go to Hammarskjold, they have the option to continue Spanish or begin the study of French, German or Italian. Our full language program continues through the 12th grade. At the high school level, courses include academic level courses in all languages, Spanish Medical Professions Honors, French and Spanish Business Honors, and AP courses for those who meet the requirements.
The Seal of Biliteracy certifies that students are bilingual in English and a second language. Students who are proficient in English and meet Intermediate-Mid proficiency in a world language will receive the NJ Seal of Biliteracy certificate and will have this noted on their high school transcript. This distinction is viewed as an asset when applying for a job or for college admission.
Our English language learners are also immersed in the acquisition of a world language, English. Teachers work with each student to build their language proficiency and also support their understanding of the English-speaking content areas.
Throughout the school year, the ESL teachers invite English language learners and their families to Literacy events at four different schools.
The students in Signora Spagnuolo’s Italian 5H’s classes at EBHS have now become young Italian authors! They wrote, illustrated and “published” their very own original children’s books entirely in Italian. After reading authentic children’s books written by famous Italian authors, the students were then inspired to write their own original stories and turn them into beautifully illustrated books. The books were created to help novice students of Italian develop their proficiency and language skills. Each book also conveys a life lesson or moral that the students felt were important for children of all ages to learn. Bravissimi ragazzi!!!
Churchill students of Spanish in Señora Reddy's classes are proud to share their personal talents. Students sang in Spanish, performed and explained gymnastic routines, played musical instruments, explained how to solve a Rubrik's cube and recited Spanish poetry. Our students are on their way to joining the biliterate world of Spanish and English.
Spanish at Churchill Junior High School are exploring careers. In today's
global economy, our students need to be successful in their future careers and
achieve financial independence. Our students are doing this in Spanish! Thank
you to Señora Diaz-Villamizar, Señora Collado and Señora Rial-Pan for
providing their students with opportunities to effectively communicate in
Spanish and share their knowledge about career opportunities.
Students of Spanish in Señora Baez-Cardona's classes at EBHS learned about famous Spanish and Hispanic stars. After discussing the talents of these famous people, her students shared and discovered the hidden talents of their classmates...that is...the very own Spanish class family! See their 2017 Talent Show!
teacher, Madame Laurie, and her students opened the welcome mat to students
from Howell, Montgomery, South Brunswick, Franklin and Peddie School to engage
in the second annual French Tournament at which French professors and
graduate assistants from Rutgers University judged student exchanges
These New Jersey students of French are preparing to participate in an interconnected world which requires communication of ideas across linguistic borders. At this tournament, these students focused on affirming the value of diversity and gave recognition to the Francophone cultures and language across communities. Biliteracy enhances these students career readiness.
We extend our thanks
the the East Brunswick Education Foundation for their generous
Students of Spanish in Señora Collado's classes at CJHS explored pictures, paintings and videos to determine what is beauty, who gets to decide and what criteria defines beauty. In these photos they are exploring beauty as interpreted by Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.