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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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!
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.
Halloween? What's that?
Our ELLs in Ms. Dugan's class at Hammarksjold learned first-hand about Halloween in the USA. The students asked their own questions and learned about why and how we celebrate Halloween in the USA. The culmination of their learning was to create a card to showcase their new knowledge. Finally, students created treat bags and participated in a “Reverse Trick or Treat,” where they visited and presented various staff members with cards and treats. All in their new language! So proud of them!
Feeling sick? Consult our medical professions experts! ¡Se habla español!
Our students in Señora Castelo-Millán Medical Professions' classes are learning about us - our human body. One day, they will be able to pursue jobs in public health and communicate with patients and clients in Spanish! It all starts here at EBHS in our Spanish for Medical Professions Honors class!
El Dia de Los muertos?
Señoras Collado and Señora Gyorfi celebrated El Día de Los muertos with their students of Spanish at CJHS on November 1st! Both teachers did their makeup to represent an aspect of this significant day for Mexico as well as some Central American countries. In addition, Señora Collado set up a special table in class with ofrendas including pan de muerto which the students were eager to taste even though she brought it to show them. The students listened to Día de Los muertos music, created skulls with important facts of the holiday and butterflies as they are important to Mexican tradition, Students also made papel picado and cempasuchiles flowers to decorate their classroom door in honor of Frida Kahlo. They had a lot of fun while learning about the importance of this holiday which is celebrated in many parts of the U.S as well as some Spanish-Speaking countries.
The Singing Turtle at EBHS ESL
The ELLs in Ms. Oldoerp's ESL class have read the fable "The Singing Turtle," a story from Haiti. They then used an app called StoryboardThat to create a six-panel cartoon with dialogue. They worked with partners to create the cartoon and then presented on Smart Notebook. Her students are building intercultural understanding and developing presentational skills in ther new world language, English.
French at EBHS
Avatars Talking French!
Students in Madame Williams' AP French classes are reflecting on cultural comparisons between French and English-speaking cultures. Students are lending their voices to avatars who speak for them. In addition, students illustrate their discourse with various backdrops using Voki software. Que c'est marrant!
Access to Authentic French!
Students in Monsieur Mondesir's AP French class are able to access authentic French audio/video and text both in and outside of the classroom. Computer, iPhone, laptop or iPad with internet access, these students of French can read and listen to French content.
Spanish at HMS
Decorate the Halls Contest at HMS
It was a spirited week of competition at Hammarskjold as everyone enjoyed their new hallway cork displays. The displays come compliments of a generous donation by the Hammarskjold PTA. This enabled the HMS team to show pride by exhibiting student work! Spotlighted here is work by students of Spanish in Señora Aiello's and Señora Francione's classes.
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?
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