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
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.
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
- Language Arts/English
- Develop an ability to communicate effectively for a
variety of purposes and audiences
- Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and
- Social studies
- Become interested, informed and active participants in
the world both locally and globally
- Develop skills in problem-solving, gathering and interpreting
- Investigate the natural world in the world cultures
- Health education
- Develop awareness of the mental, social, physical and
emotional aspects of a healthy individual
- Draw conclusions about cultural comparisons of these
- 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
- Explore the perspective and products of the arts in
- Express oneself creatively
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.
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.
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!
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
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
When I Grow UP, I Want to Be....
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?
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 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
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
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.