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.

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!

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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.

Problems in the environment? We Have Answers!

Señor Borden and his students of Spanish are researching environmental issues and finding solutions. What is the magic? His students are finding solutions in Spanish!

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Storyteller Paula Davidorff at ESL Literacy Night

Would you like to hear a story? Go ahead! I would like to hear you spin yarn! Storytelling is one of the oldest traditions of mankind and our ELLs and their families had a treat on May 4th at Chittick School. 

 Nancy Lombardi and Jenelle Temes, Lawrence Brook ESL teachers received a generous EBEF grant to welcome professional storyteller Paula Davidoff come and share culturally authentic stories. They collaborated with Elizabeth Riello-Connors, Chittick ESL teacher to host this storytelling event on May 4th.  Megan Manetta, prinicipal of Chittick Elementary School welcomed her ELLs and their families as well as our district's ELLS from grades Kindergarten to grade 12! Each of our teachers on the ESL team came to greet and chat with their students and families. Chittick's ELLs were delighted to see Carole Frey and Maureen Cook, too. All evening...lots of stories! 



Hispanic Culture: Cuisine and the Arts

Ms. Padilla-Lamprea and Ms. Cavallaro worked together so that students of Spanish could explore first-hand the gastronomy of Colombia. Students prepared, presented and tasted Chocolate Caliente and Arepas. In addition, students explored the meaning of Carnival in Spain, prepared masks and sampled typical holiday dishes. The best part is that students were able to do all this completely in Spanish!


EBHS Visits Little Italy!

The students in Signora Spagnuolo’s and Signorina Maglia’s classes visited Little Italy and the newest Eataly location in the World Trade Center.  Their day began with an authentic Italian breakfast at the legendary Ferrara’s Bakery and Café in Little Italy.  There they had the opportunity to sample the most delicious Italian pastries, coffees and gelato.  They also had an opportunity to meet the owner of Ferrara’s and learn about how it was established by her grandfather who immigrated here from Italy in the early 1900’s.  After breakfast it was off to the new Eataly where the students took in and enjoyed all the amazing Italian foods, displays and products.  They also had a lot of fun shopping too – all in all it was a culinary Italian experience – fantastico!!!!!


EBHS French Honor Society Inducts New Members

Advisors Madame Rodrigues and Monsieur Mondesir work with the French Honor Society Executive Board to welcome 29 new members at this year's Induction Ceremony. Félicitations!


French Teachers and Students Host Third Annual French Festival 

On May 24, 2017, we hosted our district's third annual French Festival at Hammarskjold Middle School. With the support of Dr. Michael Gaskell, principal of HMS, and World Language supervisor, Ruth Chang, Madame Ferreira rallied the support of the French teachers to create this golden opportunity for our EB students to showcase what they can do with French language and culture.  Our students performed French songs, original poems, videos and dance. Oh là là! Over 700  people joined together to share French dinner, desserts and enjoy the student performances.  Special thanks to our dedicated teachers of French who inspire our students to learn!


 German Honor Society Welcomes New Members!

German Honor Society advisor, Frau Wilder, worked together with her students to host their annual German Honor Society Induction Ceremony on May 24, 2017. EBHS alumna, Dominique Chapman, class of 2013, came to share the value of studying German language and culture. Congratulations to all new Honor Society members!

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International Business en français!

EBHS students in French for Business Honors class went to Wall Street with their French teacher, Mme Rodrigues. They learned about the Exchange, international banking and trade. Students saw first hand how we are globally connected. In addition, they savored authentic French cuisine. 

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