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.
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:
World Language Proficiency Levels
- 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
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 ProgramsThe 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.
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!
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.
Creative Recycling...Italian Style!
EBHS Students of Italian in Signora Spagnuolo’s classes have been learning about ways to preserve and protect the environment. They recently held a “Fiera del Riciclaggio” or a “Recycling Fair” in which they showcased the products they made from recyclable materials. Not only did they create original and useful products they also did an amazing job demonstrating in Italian how to make them – bravi ragazzi!!!
I Can Cook That!
College readiness consists of many skills that go beyond the ability to succeed academically. Señor Borden's EBHS Spanish students will not go hungry when they go to college because they can prepare Hispanic cuisine. They can and will savor these delicious specialties. ¡Buen provecho!
Italian Pen Pals at HMSHammarskjold students studying Italian have pen pals in Italy! Signora D'Angelo-Bonelli and a friend teaching English in Italy re-created the Flat Stanley project for their students.
Both Italian and American students wrote to each other and shared about their life at Middle School. They shared pictures of "Flat Stanley" spotlighting highlights of each other's schools. Che divertimento!
Need Ideas for Breakfast?
EBHS German 2 is learning about typical German and Austrian foods. What better way to learn than to sample a traditional German-Austrian breakfast of Brot, Wurst & Müsli! Thank you to Frau Wilder and her students!
German Night at HMS- Your Child Can Teach You German!
The joy of learning language and culture was on display at Hammarskjold Middle School's Deutsch Abend on June 8, 2017. Herr Lavery and his students hosted German Night for the third year in a row! Our community came together to share their homemade German dishes, learn German from our 6th and 7th grade students and listen to the students sing and dance. Our EB families from all corners of the world came together to celebrate what their children are learning in German class.This event was possible because Herr Lavery had help from colleagues across the district. Teachers from Irwin, HMS, CJHS and EBHS came to make Deutsch Abend a success. We are thankful to Dr. Michael Gaskell, Diane Mory and Ruth Chang for their continued support.
English Language Learners' Picnic at EBHS
Ms. Oldoerp and her English language learners planned a picnic and welcomed American students to celebrate at our EBHS courtyard. Her ELLs planned the menu and brought the food. Both groups of students exchanged stories about teen life in the USA. Our students are building bridges of cultural understanding.