World Language/ESL/Bilingual Education
Mrs. Ruth Chang, Supervisor
Samantha D'Agosta, 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.
All fourth and fifth grade East Brunswick students study 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. East Brunswick has also just begun to build its Mandarin option for world language.
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.
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. Open this brochure for more details: New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Brochure 2018-2019
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
- 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
- Explore the perspective and products of the arts in other cultures
- Express oneself creatively
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. Over 200 students from 16 different language backgrounds are enrolled in our ESL program. 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 English. Teachers work with each student to build his/her language proficiency and also support his/her understanding of the content areas.
Exploring World Cultures
Colombians are passionate about good food and a great ambiance. Señora Baez-Cardona and her high school students discovered and are developing an appreciation for traditional Colombian cuisine and dance. Her students delighted in authentic cultural dishes and they learned how to dance the Bachata and Merengue! ¡Qué divertido!
World Language Expo, 2019
Fifth-grade students are planning for their educational journey at Hammarskjold! The East Brunswick World Language Department welcomed these students and their parents and families on Thursday, January 10th and presented the world language options. Each student has the opportunity to select one of the five world languages we offer. Students can continue learning Spanish or opt for one of the following: French, German, Italian or Mandarin.
We are thankful to the EBEA PRIDE committee for awarding the grant written by Mr. Lavery because this helped to fund the event. We are also grateful to the world language teachers, the high school world language Honor Societies and Mrs. Ruth Chang, our world language supervisor.
High School Students Write Books in Italian!
After reading authentic Italian children's stories and books, the students in Signora Spagnuolo's 5 Honors classes had the opportunity to get creative. The wrote and illustrated their own children's book entirely in Italian! They then held a book fair to showcase their stories with classmates. The students really enjoyed creating and reading each other's books. Next, they will share their stories with the students of Italian at Hammarskjold. Ottimo lavoro ragazzi!
ESL Family Night: Reading in a Winter Wonderland
Our ESL teachers in grades K-7 welcomed our ELLs and their families at our second event this year! Children and parents visited literacy stations where all had a choice of reading books about winter fun and then engaging in various instructional activities. What fun for our ELLs and their families to learn more about winter in New Jersey.
CJHS Random Acts of Kindness "en español"
Students of Spanish in Señora Rial-Pan's y Señora Collado's classes took it to another level. Students created their own ways they do promote an environment of kindness here at Churchill Junior High School, "en español." ¡Que bueno!
Broadening Horizons with Cultural Field Trip
EBHS students in Señora Baez-Cardona's Spanish classes ventured to our East Brunswick Mexican restaurant called La China Poblana. In addition to speaking in Spanish, tasting authentic cuisine, the students had a chance to hear a live Mariachi group. This style of music dates back to the 18th century. Violins, trumpets and guitar players come together to perform the sound of Mexico. ¡Qué bueno!
Exploring Customs and Traditions of China
Students of Mandarin in Mrs. Chen's classes have delved into the meaning and symbolism of Chinese New Year. In addition, they have explored Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting and lantern making. Check out their new skills!
EBHS French Honor Society Spotlights French Culture at Bowne-Munro Diversity Night
Monsieur Mondésir and the students of the French Honor Society prepared French crêpes and shared French cultural anecdotes for our community at Bowne-Munro. This same team of high school students has also presented at Central Elementary School and our Hammarskjold World Language Expo. They are taking steps to foster respect and open-mindedness for world cultures!
Carnevale in Venice, Italy
Signor Keenan's students of Italian have been studying the beautiful city of Venice and no study of Venice can be complete without seeing its famous Carnevale! Students celebrated the last day of Carnevale or Martedì Grasso by making masks as this is a traditional part of the festivities. Molto interessante!
Spring into Reading
The Lawrence Brook ESL team, Ms. Temes and Ms. Gebraeel, collaborated with their principal, Ms. Dunn, to host this year's third ESL Literacy Night. Our district-wide ESL team prepared literacy activities and welcomed students and their families who are new to our country. Everyone met their teachers, made friends and engaged in activities to help improve reading, writing, speaking and understanding their new language. Those who are in grades K through 7 were able to sequence how to grow a plant, explore the life cycle of a bee and read to their families. Those who are in grades 8 through 12 were able to learn how to document their academic and extracurricular activities that they need for college applications. In addition, they learned how to access information regarding SATs and ACT.