East Brunswick Public Schools

Excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts

Excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts

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.

New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy

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.


World Languages Facilitate Connections

In world language classrooms interdisciplinary connections promote critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge retention. Study of a world language makes it possible so that these skills and knowledge base become the foundation for global interactions. Here are examples of how world language study reinforces other content areas:


  • Language Arts/English
    • Develop an ability to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences
    • Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking
  • Social studies
    • Become interested, informed and active participants in the world both locally and globally
  • Science
    • Develop skills in problem-solving, gathering and interpreting data
    • Investigate the natural world in the world cultures studied
  • Health education
    • Develop awareness of the mental, social, physical and emotional aspects of a  healthy individual
    • Draw conclusions about cultural comparisons of these aspects
  • Technology and computer education
    • Engage in hands-on, problem-solving activities related to real-world issues through the use of numerous applications
    • Conduct online research to gain insight into products, practices, and perspectives of world cultures
    • Use technology to collaborate and problem-solve with native speakers
  • Arts 
    • Explore the perspective and products of the arts in other cultures
    • Express oneself creatively


World Language Proficiency Levels

When studying world language and culture, our goal is to reach the highest proficiency language level possible in a 6-12 environment. The world language program focuses on what the students CAN DO with language. From day one, the students are immersed in listening to and speaking the world language. The classes are rich in activities that promote student acquisition of this language and culture. As the students advance in their studies, they have opportunities to develop global perspectives in business and culture and medical professions. After seven years of study, students are equal to those who can be employed by the Foreign Service. Our students do reach a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening.



ESL/Bilingual Programs
The English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education programs serve students who speak languages other than English. The programs are designed to help the students become sufficiently proficient in English to participate in English-language activities. About 240 students from 16 different language backgrounds are currently in ESL classes. The English language learners remain in the program until they are proficient in English. While in ESL, they also attend regular classes in English. Students enter the ESL and bilingual education program after it has been determined through testing that their English proficiency is limited. State guidelines are followed to determine their proficiency level.

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.


Who are our Stars? 


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!


German classes at Churchill celebrate the Karneval holiday together!  Helau und Alaaf! 

 February is Karneval month in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! On February 8, German students from Frau. W., Frau Franco and Herr Lavery were invited to celebrate this holiday together in an in-house field trip. Students tasted authentic Karneval foods like the famous “Berliner”, and had a lot of fun playing German games and competing for prizes. You can see the excitement in the red clown noses - everyone was a winner!  

 Central School Celebrates International Day

 Students at Central School share their cultural heritage with each other and build understanding. Thank you Ms. Matthews for organizing Central's International Assembly. 

EBHS Hosts Second Annual French Tournament

 EBHS French 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 and performances.
 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 support. 

 When I Grow UP, I Want to Be.... 

During Read Across America Week, the first grade English language learners at Lawrence Brook School researched careers of interest and wrote about those that spotlight helpers in our East Brunswick community. Ms. Jenelle Temes guided them as they published their books, read them to surprise guests and presented on LawrenceBrookTV! It all starts with a dream! 

Who decides what is beautiful? 

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. 



Shopping in Mexican Markets

Shopping is a necessity for all and a pastime for many. Students of Spanish in Señora Collado's classes at CJHS set up a cultural market in class and bargained for the best deals!

 District ESL Literacy Night @ Central School

Celebrating our International Cuisines

Our ESL teachers welcomed the families of their English language learners to Central School for our annual international dinner. Our families showcased their cultural specialties and everyone savored these flavors from around the globe. Grandparents, parents and their children then played BINGO with the names of these international dishes. ESL teachers helped students select books to encourage reading at home. 


Commedia d'Arte and Carnevale

Who are these masked characters? Signore Keenan's students know! Venice, Carnevale, and theater are interwoven in Italian 3 at Churchill. This improvisational theater brings creativity, humor and delight!

Commedia d'Arte 1  Commedia d'Arte 2   Commedia d'Arte 3   Commedia d'Arte 4  Commedia d'Arte 5  Commedia d'Arte 6

Inaugural Spanish Tournament at EBHS
The Spanish Honor Society students at EBHS and their advisor, Mariam Useche, organized their first Spanish Tournament. With the generous grant from EBEFSA, our students were able to host this linguistic and cultural event on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.