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
New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy
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.
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
- Language Arts/English
- Develop an ability to communicate effectively for a
variety of purposes and audiences
- Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and
- Social studies
- Become interested, informed and active participants in
the world both locally and globally
- Develop skills in problem-solving, gathering and interpreting
- Investigate the natural world in the world cultures
- Health education
- Develop awareness of the mental, social, physical and
emotional aspects of a healthy individual
- Draw conclusions about cultural comparisons of these
- 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
- Explore the perspective and products of the arts in
- 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.
The 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.
Throughout the school
year, the ESL teachers invite English language learners and their families
to Literacy events at four different schools.
East Brunswick's Inaugural World Language Expo at HMS
Rising sixth graders have a golden opportunity to select a world language to study when they come to Hammarskjold. They can continue Spanish or opt to study German, Italian or French. Herr Lavery and Signore Keenan rallied the world language department to host a World Language Expo. World language teachers invited their current students to showcase and share what they are learning in their German, Italian, French or Spanish classes. On this cold, Friday, December evening, Dr. Gaskell, HMS principal, and Ruth Chang, World Language Supervisor, welcomed our 2017-2018 curious fifth graders and their families in the HMS cafeteria. Wilkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenue! ¡Bienvenido!
Spanish at EBHS
Experience Traditional Colombian Culture and
Colombia is a restaurant that spotlights authentic Colombian cuisine and dance.
Our EBHS students of Spanish in Senora Baez-Cardona's classes regaled with the
choicest Colombian dishes. They also learned how to dance a variety of
cultural dances. What do they have to say about it? ¡Me gusta! ¡Me
fascina! ¡Me encanta!
What Career Path Should I Choose?
Students of Spanish know that this is the second
most-spoken language in the USA and they have begun to read and explore careers
where Spanish is an asset. Spotlighted here are two: La vida de un CSI and
La vide de un oficial de policia. Our students can read in Spanish and present
what they read! ¡Buen trabajo! Getting closer to becoming biliterate!
Sharing Dreams at the ESL Literacy Night
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
You are bilingual! What do you want to be?
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!
Once upon a time……in Italian!
The students in Signora Spagnuolo’s Italian 5H’s classes at EBHS have
now become young Italian authors! They wrote, illustrated and “published”
their very own original children’s books entirely in Italian. After
reading authentic children’s books written by famous Italian authors, the
students were then inspired to write their own original stories and turn them
into beautifully illustrated books. The books were created to help novice
students of Italian develop their proficiency and language skills. Each
book also conveys a life lesson or moral that the students felt were important
for children of all ages to learn. Bravissimi ragazzi!!!
Sharing Talents in CJHS Spanish Class
students of Spanish in Señora
Reddy's classes are proud to share their personal talents. Students sang
in Spanish, performed and explained gymnastic routines, played musical
instruments, explained how to solve
a Rubrik's cube and recited Spanish poetry. Our students
are on their way to joining the biliterate world of Spanish and English.
Looking for a Career? Browse our Global
Spanish CJHS Career Fair!
Spanish at Churchill Junior High School are exploring careers. In today's
global economy, our students need to be successful in their future careers and
achieve financial independence. Our students are doing this in Spanish! Thank
you to Señora Diaz-Villamizar, Señora Collado and Señora Rial-Pan for
providing their students with opportunities to effectively communicate in
Spanish and share their knowledge about career opportunities.
Who are our Stars?
of Spanish in Señora Baez-Cardona's classes at EBHS learned about famous Spanish
and Hispanic stars. After discussing the talents of these famous people, her
students shared and discovered the hidden talents of their classmates...that
is...the very own Spanish class family! See their 2017 Talent Show!
classes at Churchill celebrate the Karneval holiday
together! Helau und Alaaf!
February is Karneval month in Germany, Austria
and Switzerland! On February 8, German students from Frau. W., Frau Franco
and Herr Lavery were invited to celebrate this holiday together in an
in-house field trip. Students tasted authentic Karneval foods like
the famous “Berliner”, and had a lot of fun playing German games and
competing for prizes. You can see the excitement in the red clown noses -
everyone was a winner!