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.
A Workout for Your Brain!
Madame FitzPatrick Laurie's French students are having fun reading books written in French about France. As they read, they discover more about l'hexagone*, its culture and its people. After concentrating on reading, her students are equipped to discuss what they read. Their common interest in France brings them together as they share what they are learning.
*Next time you look at a map of France, what geometric shape do you see?
When I was Young
Students of Italian at CJHS and Signore Keenan used the open air classroom to inspire dreaming. His students sorted themselves into circles based on whether they were the oldest, middle child, youngest or only child and discussed the advantages and disadvantages. Then, with the use of Signore Keenan's magic powers, thus the wizard's robe and wand, students were given the power to change and pick what they want to become later in life. They dreamed and then shared their choices.
How do you write in Chinese?
Chinese is a written language that dates back nearly 5000 years. Chinese characters have evolved over several thousands of years. Some characters are pictographs; these are drawings of something tangible. Our students in Mandarin have explored the development of pictographic characters. See if you can figure out what their pictographs mean?
I like what you did! Can you teach me?
Our EnglishLanguageLearners at HMS are preparing presentations on India and Iran. One student liked his classmate's poster and asked permission to use some of his effective characteristics. His partner's poster got his attention because it had pictures, color, simplicity and most of all accurate information. Willingly, the classmate offered suggestions for improvement. All this on their own! And in their new language....English.
Madame Ferreira and students in the HMS French Culture Club have had their first cooking lesson! The students learned how to make crêpes and then had a choice of fillings: mixed berries, apple pie filling, cherry pie filling, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and whipped cream. A great time was had by all and a new skill acquired.
ESL Technical Assistants at EBHS!
Our English language learners have become technical assistants in their ESL classes. Google Classroom! Quizlet! Raz Kids! They can teach you!
Celebrating Diwali at Lawrence Brook School
Mrs. Tregillies, Ms. Temes and their students celebrated the festival of lights. Parents came to share with the students the Hindi celebration of Diwali. The students were eager to learn all about the clothes they wear, the foods they eat and other ways they celebrate the holiday. Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the month in October, and candles are lit to represent light, love and happiness. The student celebration began by listening to a read aloud Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! The students then held a DIYA, which is a clay holder used throughout the holiday to light candles to dispel the darkness. Traditional clothing was passed around as the students admired the beautiful colors and designs on each piece. Each student got to make their own DIYA and helped “Light up their classroom” with their friends.
“The light in us is not meant to illuminate only our lives but the entire earth. And the earth has diversity – diversity of human beings and diversity of living beings. They are all meant to live together, there is no real jostling of space and the unity in that diversity is true light, real light” (Chaudry, 2016).
The meaning of the Diwali celebration is one we can all appreciate. Bringing in the good over the evil, showing love and harmony and lighting up the world together.
I am very proud....¡Yo Estoy Muy Orgulloso!
Señora Spinelli's students of Spanish have learned a song in which they sing about their unique differences and how being different is great and fun! These students are good friends. Singing together is powerful and...they can do this in Spanish!
Multidimensional Hispanic Identify
What does it mean to be Latino? Hispanic? What about the country of origin? The pan-ethnic labels embrace much diversity in Spanish-speaking cultures. CJHS students in Señora Collado's and Señora Rial-Pan's explored traditional ways of dress, music genres, traditional cuisines and cultural expressions used in the Spanish-speaking countries.
Reading is Power
Our East Brunswick ESL team joined their creative powers to sponsor this year's first ESL Literacy Night at Irwin School on October 17th. Over 125 English language learners and their families came to learn about the power of reading! Students took a super reading pledge, parents helped children play Superhero Sight Word Bingo, Churchill students led their own Visualization Station and our high school students taught parents and children how to access Raz Kids when at home! We are thankful that Aaron Pickett from the East Brunswick Public Library came and helped our ELLs get library cards and learn about what our community library has to offer. In addition we give a special thanks to Kelly Grotrian, EBHS Social Studies teacher and Kristina Gristina from Irwin for their help in sharing the joy of reading.