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.
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Spanish at HMS
Learning Culture in Spanish Class
Students of Spanish in Señora Francione's class made papel picado during ¨El Día de los Muertos." Papel Picado, is perforated paper, literally "pecked paper." Students created these decorative paper cuts into beautiful and elaborate designs. Papel Picado it is commonly used to decorate altars made in honor of our loved ones during ¨El día de los Muertos.¨
Writing Poetry in Spanish Class
Students in Señora Spinelli's class read a poem in Spanish about winter. It is called Invierno Tardío by Antonio Colinas. Inspired by this poem and all that they learned, Grade 6, Spanish 1 students wrote their own poems about the four seasons! ¡Que bueno!
Disney Pixar Opening Day for Coco is November 22nd! Irwin Spanish Students are ready!
Students studying Spanish at Irwin School have a cultural and linguistic understanding of the Day of the Dead, El Día de Muertos, in Mexican culture. Irwin's Art teacher, Ms. Wagner, collaborated with Spanish teacher, Señora Kosa, to present this Mexican holiday and traditions. The students learned about the traditional patterns and art styles in their Art class, and learned about the meaning behind the holiday and traditions in Spanish class. They made the sugar skulls in Art, and Señora Kosa had some 5th graders design the letters to hang up in the hallway with traditional bright patterns. The students were very eager to learn about the holiday in both classes and were happy to see their work hung up in the hallways of Irwin School!
Pazzi per la pizza!
The students in Signora Spagnuolo’s and Signora Barbiero’s Italian 5 Honors classes at EBHS had a great time learning about how to make authentic Italian pizza from the master “pizzaiolo” Lorenzo during their recent field trips to the pizzeria Café` Picasso in Somerville. The students, who have been learning all about the art, history and tradition of pizza making in Italy, got to make and enjoy their own personal pizza’s as well as practice their Italian speaking skills with Lorenzo, a native of Calabria. Mangia, mangia!
We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands
ESL students from Lawrence Brook come together from all different parts of the world to celebrate diversity. The EBEF hosted a Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Saturday, December 2nd and the ESL students participated in singing a song titled, “We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands.”
Ms. Temes and Ms. Lombardi, ESL teachers at LawrenceBrook, share with their English language learners that even though the world is a very big place, it is important to remember that we can all come together as one to promote learning and cultural acceptance. We guide students to be the best versions of themselves, and encourage them to reach for the stars. With this, we learned the song, ‘We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands.” This allows the students to continue to develop self-esteem while understanding with hard work and dedication, they can achieve their dreams!
How Do Belgians Celebrate Holidays in December?
World Language Expo for Rising 6th Graders
World Language teachers rallied together with their students to showcase East Brunswick's world language choices for rising 6th graders: French, German, Italian and Spanish. Over 200 parents and students came on December 8th to learn about the German Center of Excellence, make Italian pasta, practice colors in French while playing Twister, create Mexican papel picado and learn cultural dances!
We would like to thank Giulia Barbiero, Lisa D'Angelo-Bonelli, Elaine Ferreira, Maryam Francione, Shari Hewes, Tanya Kaligorsky, Michael Keenan, Amanda Kosa, Brian Lavery, Karina Lopez, Laura Rente, Silke Wehner-Franco and Sara Wilder for their time, enthusiasm and commitment to the instruction of world language and cultures. In addition, a special thanks to their students for coming to share their personal experiences with our rising 6th graders.
Using Technology to Access the Italian classic, Pinocchio
Signora Barbiero’s Italian 4H students at CJHS have been learning about Fiabe e Favole! After watching the movie “Le Avventure di Pinocchio” an authentic story based on the book by Carlo Collodi, students got creative and practiced their writing skills to create their own Pinocchio books! Throughout the process students used technology to find more authentic information and images to be included in their books. Each group was in charge of writing and illustrating either the beginning, middle, or end of the story. The finished product was these amazing looking books that tell the real story of Pinocchio from beginning to end. Written and illustrated by the very talented Italian 4H students! Molto bravi ragazzi!!
Winter Holidays in Germany!
December 6th is the day of Nikolaus and Krampus in German-speaking countries. Students in Frau Wilder's class celebrated these cultural traditions in class! Students took off shoes and pretended to go to sleep. Students then "awoke” on December 6th to see what Nikolaus had left them! But then....they had to be careful because Krampus also comes on December 6th. Posters warning of his presence were hung up to keep everyone behaving well!
Who am I?
Students in Madame FitzPatrick-Laurie's French classes at EBHS have explored, researched and presented about their own cultural heritage. The magic is that they were able to share the personal stories all in French!
Students of German Celebrate the Winter Holidays
Students in German classes at both Churchill and EBHS spread holiday cheer caroling and delivering holiday cards to show gratitude to their counselors. Frohes neues Jahr!
English Language Learners Making Predictions
Throughout the past few weeks, Kindergarten students in Ms. Temes ESL class have worked on the reading skill Making Predictions. Students have been learning about why good readers make predictions, and how it helps them better understand a story. They first practiced by viewing a picture card which they could make real life connections, for example, a snowman with a sun in the sky. Next they used a graphic organizer to write their predictions about what they thought would happen next. Then the students learned how to make a prediction about a story by looking at the details of the cover photo and compare their predictions to the actual outcome of the story. The ELLs know that it is okay if predictions were not the actual outcome of the story because without reading the story one would never know the outcome.
One of the Kindergarten students surprised Ms. Temes and brought in a book written in the Chinese. When I asked him what the book was about he held it closed and showed me the cover exclaiming, "I want you to make a prediction!" He was so excited that I turned his passion into a teachable moment and allowed him to play the role of the teacher for the first few moments of class. He sat in the teacher chair and asked the other students, "What do you think this story is about?" The students raised their hands and took turns replying to his question, "I predict the story will be about...." The students were interested in the Chinese characters, and the student used post-it notes to show the other students how to write simple words in Chinese.
EBEF! We are thankful!
Madame Ferreira and the students in her French Club at HMS made French "madeleines" from scratch! They are thankful to the East Brunswick Education Foundation for the grant monies that allowed them to purchase specialty pans. A fun time was had by all and the results were delicious!
Welcome to Our Neighborhood
We are thankful to our ESL team from Kindergarten to Grade 7 for their collaboration on our second ESL Literacy Night hosted at Memorial School on January 9, 2018. Over 130 students and their families came to learn about literacy strategies that parents and guardians can implement at home. Our ELLs and their families learned about places in East Brunswick, too. Spotlighted at this event were the library, firehouse, post office, hospital, bank, and supermarket. We are thankful for our East Brunswick Public Library participation, too!
ESL at Lawrence Brook
Lawrence Brook Kindergarten ELL's learned about maps through reading the book Reading As We Grow. The students were interested in learning more about maps, so they identified how to read and follow maps of classrooms, our town, our country and the world! The students then followed a map and went on a treasure hunt throughout Lawrence Brook. They identified symbols on the map to figure out the landmarks around our school (Gym, Nurse's Office, ESL Room, Library) and followed it until they reached the treasure! They had a lot of fun learning about the importance of maps and how to use them.
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