ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE
The curriculum in English as a New Language (ENL) classes is aligned to the New York State English as a New Language and English Language Arts Standards. Instruction focuses on the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) at the various levels of English proficiency (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, Commanding). Students exit the program upon achieving the Commanding level of proficiency on the new York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Students at the Expanding level of proficiency who pass the English Regents are also eligible to exit the program.
All ELLs are placed in an integrated English class with either a dually certified English / ENL teacher, or with both a certified English Teacher and a certified ENL teacher. Students at the entering, emerging, and transitioning levels of proficiency will be provided with an ENL course as described below. Content area classes are offered in two settings—Bilingual for Spanish speaking ELLs and Integrated for Spanish speaking and other ELLs.
ENL 1 (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning) Fall/Spring Half year - ½ credit, Grades 9,10
ENL 2 (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning) Fall/Spring Half year - ½ credit, Grades 9,10
This course is designed for students whose native language is not English and who are working toward proficiency in English. The course focuses of the development of the four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) as well as intensive instruction in academic vocabulary and comprehension. Students should sign up for both Fall and Spring.
ENL 3/4 (Transitioning, Expanding, Commanding) Fall/Spring Half year - ½ credit, Grades 11,12
This course is designed to fully immerse students in preparing for the English Regents Exam and will focus heavily on fiction and nonfiction works in order to provide students with extensive practice in the analysis of texts. Students will continue to refine their listening, note taking and writing skills. This course is taken in conjunction with English 3. Students will take the English Regents Exam in June. Students should sign up for both Fall and Spring.