• 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.  

    All fourth and fifth grade East Brunswick students 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. We now offer Mandarin, too!

    New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Brochure 2018-2019

    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. 


    Click here to view  how the district is using technology to advance learning World Languages 


  •  We are Food Scientists!

    On May 9, 2018, the ESL team welcomed 200 English language learners and families to celebrate our cultural diversity and the science of food at Churchill Junior High School. All engaged in playing food scientists in literacy stations: Food Group Fun, Sink and Float, Battle of the GMOs, All about Recycling and States of Matter. We then shared cultural dishes from the countries of our Ells. Special thanks to the K-12 ESL teachers for making our district-wide event a success for our ESL students and families. 


    German Honor Society Induction Ceremony

    Frau Wilder and the German Honor Society executive board, Co-Presidents: Alexander Simmens and Anushka Murti and Co-Vice Presidents: Rosemary Wei and Josh Sta. Ana inducted fifteen new members this May. In addition, our EB graduate Victoria Kayes, class of 2010, shared her personal experiences with German studies  both here and in Germany since her high school graduation. We thank all new members for their outstanding academic achievement of German studies and encourage them as they continue their interest in studying German language and culture. 


     Celebrating First Year of AP Italian at EBHS 

    The students in Signora Spagnuolo's AP Italian classes celebrated at Brioso Ristorante in Marlboro.  They savored an authentic Italian dinner, spoke in Italian with chef Francesco and helped him prepare Gnocchi Caprese and other Italian specialties.  This was a much deserved celebration for the first class to take the Italian AP exam here at East Brunswick.  Bravissimi ragazzi - ottimo lavoro!!

    EBHS French Honor Society Welcomes New Members

    Our EBHS French Honor Society advisor, Monsieur Mondesir, collaborated with his French Honor Society executive board to induct new members at their ceremony on May 29th. These new inductees are on track to earn their NJ Seal of Biliteracy and to join the community of global citizens who build bridges of understanding and communication in both French and English. 

    Our EB Community Celebrates Deutsch Abend!

    Herr Lavery, German teacher at Hammarskjold Middle School, inspired his students of German to host a celebratory event at which they taught family and friends how to speak in German! They also shared their favorite specialties of German cuisine: Sauerbraten, Brezel, Schnitzel, Wurst with sauerkraut and Black Forest cake. If you are not sure what these are, know that Herr Lavery's students will host Deutsch Abend next year!

    Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 2018

    Advisor, Ms. Useche, empowered the executive board of the Spanish Honor Society to plan and orchestrate the 2018 Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony! With ease, these students spoke in Spanish to the inductees and in English to families and friends! Congratulations to our scholars of Spanish! 


    Italian Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 2018

    Wearing sashes representing the Italian flag, EBHS students of Italian processed into the room to the tune of classical Italian music. Families, friends and all our district's Italian teachers welcomed the new inductees into the Italian Honor Society. Advisor, Ms. Spagnuolo, spoke about the cultural importance of family and respect. She shared anecdotes about how these students have come together over the years and have become a family united by their passion for the Italian language and culture. Congratulations to our scholars of Italian!


    District-Wide French Festival, June 2018!

    Over 400 of our EB students of French and their families came together to celebrate the magic of the French language and culture. Students from grades 6 to 12 shared French cuisine and then performed songs, recited poems, made videos, shared stories and jokes, played the piano and sang...all in French! 
    Special thanks to Madame Laura Rente for taking a leadership role to collaborate with our French teachers from Hammarskjold, Churchill and EBHS. Together they provided a platform for their students to shine!
    Friends and families laughed, clapped, waved their cell phone lights, gave standing ovations and proud parents grew teary-eyed with joy.

    Click here to view  how the district is using technology to advance learning World Languages