ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)/ BILINGUAL CLASSES
What is ESL?
ESL stands for English as a Second Language. The ESL program is designed to support the students whose first language is not English, to become fluent speakers, readers, and writers of English. The ESL program uses only English as the instructional language for eligible students.
Bilingual education is a program in which students are provided instruction in their first language for clarification and English support in order to develop academic skills while acquiring English language skills.
Students are tested for English proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking when they register for school in Edison. At the end of the school year, the students are retested. Testing results, grades, and teacher recommendations determine when a student is ready to exit the program.
What are our goals?
The goal of ESL/Bilingual is to enable ELLs (English Language Learners) to become competent in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the English language so that they will be able to participate effectively in the general education program and receive a quality education. High expectations are set for all ELLs while value is placed on their native language and culture.
What is the focus?
ESL and Bilingual instruction focuses on vocabulary and language development strategies to introduce new concepts. Beginning-level ELLs are engaged in using basic social instructional vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures. As ELLs progress, more complex language forms and uses are taught to support instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies. Working collaboratively gives ELLs the opportunity to strengthen English skills while learning new content. Visual aids, including pictures, diagrams, and charts help students easily recognize essential information. Visuals make both the language and the content more accessible to students.
How do we create meaningful experiences?
The ESL teachers at Washington School help students create meaningful experiences and build upon background knowledge by taking them on educational and relevant field trips. We have taken the students to Sandy Hook Beach to experience the Horseshoe Crab Program, as well as the State Theater and Union County Performing Arts Center to watch performances of children’s literature and Ballet.
The ESL teachers of Washington School thank the parents for their continual support and active participation in their children's education the entire school year.
What resources are available?
ESL Learning and Websites!