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.
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.
Throughout the school year, the ESL teachers invite English language learners and their families to Literacy events at four different schools.
UNESCO World Heritage Day
Celebrating cultural diversity is done in French with our students in Madame Laurie's class at East Brunswick High School. They join together to celebrate their own cultures and also to develop greater understanding of friends' cultures.
The students of
Italian in Signore Keenan classes have learned to paint like the the Italian
artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Their work is exhibited in Churchill Junior High
November 28th, Elizabeth Dunn, principal of Lawrence Brook and Ruth Chang,
Supervisor of World Languages, ESL/Bilingual Education supported ESL
teachers, Nancy Lombardi and Jenelle Temes in hosting this year's first ESL
Literacy Event. Key to the success of this event is the teamwork of
all our district's ESL teachers from grades K-12. Each prepared a literacy
station with a focus on the theme: The Democratic Process. Students
registered to vote and then voted for their favorite lunch menu and others
read My Teacher for President and compared responsibilities of teachers
and presidents, still others engaged in vocabulary building activities.
Students from HMS, CJHS, and EBHS were the student leaders and
presenters at their stations.
In addition, the East Brunswick Public Library brought bilingual books and facilitated the registration process for library cards for our ESL parents/guardians and students. Over 125 English language learners and their families came to participate in our English literacy event.
From egg to tadpole to frog....our English language learners in Ms. Riello-Connors' class can share with you this magical life cycle.
¡Hola! Students of Spanish at Hammarskjold begin talking in Spanish before the bell rings. Here is an example of how students take charge! ¡Gracias Sra Cortes-Fabrizio!
Debra Gulick, Director of Curriculum, joined Ruth Chang, Supervisor of World Languages/ESL/Bilingual Education to support Fatima McKinnon and Victoria Herrera prepare Irwin School to host 100 English language learners and their families. Our district's K-12 ESL teachers worked together to celebrate our second ESL literacy event called, Sharing Dreams.
Nearly 100 K-12 English language learners came with their families to meet their ESL teachers, Irwin's Basic Skills teachers and East Brunswick Public librarians to read, write, talk and learn about famous people who dared to dream. Students read Todd Parr’s The Peace Book, Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream and wrote acts of kindness on a paper chain. Others developed their own life dream and shared on a world map where they came from before settling in East Brunswick. All left with free books to continue reading at home.
Churchill Junior High School students of French in Madame Williams' classes are dreaming about their futures. In French, they researched a wide variety of careers and then presented to other classes of French-speaking students. It's a time to dream and plan for the future! In addition, our students are on their way to improving their language proficiency in French! Oh là là! C'est bien intéressant!