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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed  to assist the English Language Learner (ELL) acquire English as a second language while gaining content knowledge. Students with this designation are working to to meet the minimum cutoff established by the state of New Jersey on ACCESS 2.0, the state approved English language proficiency assessment.  This annual standardized assessment monitors student achievement and measures English Language Proficiency progress. All ESL courses are taught by certified ESL teachers.

Grades K - 5: English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is an intensive English program for those students whose first language is other than English and whose proficiency is still developing. Students in this program are part of a mainstream classroom throughout the day, and receive additional instruction from an ESL teacher, either in a small group setting or within their mainstream classroom. Instruction in this program is in English only and focuses on Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills and Cognitive Academic Language.

Grades 6-12: English as a Second Language (ESL)

In Grades 6-12, there are levels of ESL programming, in which a student may be placed, based in his/her English Language Proficiency.  Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) may participate in a unique experience, with a focus on the development of Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills. Content area material is used a resource through which ESL techniques and strategies are infused. For identified students, ESL classes, satisfy the Language Arts High School Graduation Requirement.

Regina Acevedo
Supervisor of ESL & World Languages

908-769-6000 ext. 3154