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Bilingual Program

The Bilingual Education Act  (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-15 and P.L. 1974, c.197) was enacted to ensure that students of limited English proficiency (LEP), are provided instruction in their native language in order to develop academic skills while acquiring English language skills.

Goals of the Bilingual/ ESL Program

  • To provide instruction and support in the student’s mother tongue in all subjects and content areas in which a child is required to receive by law, rule, or regulation.
  • To instill self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students.
  • To facilitate the transition of students from the Bilingual/ESL Program to the General Education Program when they are ready as determined by multiple criteria and State Code.
  • To ensure that all English Language Learners make yearly progress toward English proficiency as measured by New Jersey State mandated ACCESS 2.0® Test.

Bilingual Transitional Program

Our Bilingual Transitional Program places a great emphasis on helping students develop the English language in order to help them transition to a monolingual classroom with ESL support when they reach level 4.

Dual Language Bilingual Program

The purpose of a Dual Language program is to promote language acquisition in two languages simultaneously. This program includes approximately equal numbers of ELLs and native-English speaking students and it is designed to help students achieve proficiency in English and in Spanish while mastering subject-matter skills. Students remain in this program for five years -from Pre-K to 4th Grade.

Bilingual/ESL Testing & Placement Center

All newly arrived students to the U.S.A. who speak a language other than English are tested for proper placement by the ESL and World Language Specialists at our Bilingual/ESL Testing and Placement Center. The following documents are required:

  • School Report Card & History (Access Test Report  if available)
  • Completed School Registration Form
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Previous school documentation (Most recent Report Card and/or Transfer Card, Special Education Records, Transcripts, Etc
All new students who come to the Bilingual/ESL Testing and Placement Center are assessed using the following criteria:
  • SUPERA Test - administered to Spanish speakers to determine academic proficiency in Mathematics, Reading and Language Arts for appropriate placement. 
  • WIDA SCREENER & W-APT Language Proficiency Tests – used to determine the level of English Proficiency of students whose first language is other than English. Students who do not reach the established standard are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs).

ESL - English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language Program
 
The Bilingual Education Act (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-15 and P.L. 1974, c.197) also states all ELLs need to be provided at least one period of instruction every day by a certified ESL teacher. “English as a second language (ESL) program” means a daily developmental second-language program based on student language proficiency that teaches aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in English using second language teaching techniques, and incorporates the cultural aspects of the students' experiences in their ESL instruction. A period is the time allocated in the school schedule for instruction in core subjects.  In New Brunswick Public Schools, students begin their education in one of possible four levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4) depending on their English proficiency.  
  • Grades K-5
    • Students participating in the Elementary ESL program receive instruction for forty minutes each day by a certified ESL teacher. During this “push in” period, the ESL teacher and mainstream teacher co-teach and collaborate to coordinate small group instruction according to their proficiency levels. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.  The goal is to create a true partnership in which the mainstream teacher and ESL teacher work with the students to foster a sense of self-efficacy and ownership of learning.
  • Grades 6-8
    • This program is designed to use English as the language of instruction. Students’ receive 40 minutes of structure ESL. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.
  • Grades 9-12
    • This program is designed to use English as the language of instruction. Students’ receive 80 minutes of structure ESL. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.
  • High Intensity ESL
    • Students receive two or more periods of ESL instruction a day. One period is the standard ESL class and the other period is an ESL reading class.
  • Assessment
    • ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs
All English Language Learners are tested once each year using the ACCESS for ELLs test to measure English Language Proficiency as well as to determine placement for the following year. As soon as students meet the multiple exit criteria they will be placed in the general education program. It is expected that all students will advance each year and that all students will exit within the time frame provided by NJDOE.

Dual Language Program

Dual Language Bilingual Program
 
The purpose of a Dual Language program is to promote language acquisition in two languages simultaneously. This program includes approximately equal numbers of ELLs and native-English speaking students and it is designed to help students achieve proficiency in English and in Spanish while mastering subject-matter skills. Students remain in this program for five years -from Pre-K to 4th Grade.

SIFE Program

Alternative Programs for SIFEs
 
To meet the needs of students with an interrupted formal education (SIFEs/SLIFEs), New Brunswick Public Schools established an alternative education program.  Alternative education programs are comprehensive educational programs designed to address the individual learning, behavior, and health needs of students who are not succeeding in the general education program.
We currently offer this program at the following schools:
  • Roosevelt Schools (Grades 3-5)
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Adult Learning Center HS: Equivalency Program

World Languages

World Language Education
 
All students can learn to speak a second language. The study of World Languages provides students with the ability to communicate in another language and exposes them to new experiences which will make them more culturally aware. Learning a World Language is a natural and enjoyable process and studies have shown that learning a World Language promotes cognitive flexibility.

New Brunswick Public Schools follow the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard 7.1 to promote language acquisition as well as the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century known as the “Five Cs” - Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

7.1 World Languages All students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied with their own, and participate in home and global communities.

The Five Cs
Standards-based world languages education and the New Jersey standards reflect the themes in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999), known as "The Five Cs." These standards describe the "what" (content) of world languages learning and form the core of standards- based instruction in the world languages classroom.

Communication
The communication standard stresses the use of language for communication in "real life" situations. It emphasizes "what students can do with language" rather than "what they know about language." Students are asked to communicate in oral and written form, interpret oral and written messages, show cultural understanding when they communicate and present oral and written information to various audiences for a variety of purposes.
 
Cultures
Cultural understanding is an important part of world languages education. Experiencing other cultures develops a better understanding and appreciation of the relationship between languages and other cultures, as well as the student's native culture. Students become better able to understand other people's points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world.
 
Connections
World languages instruction must be connected with other subject areas. Content from other subject areas is integrated with world language instruction through lessons that are developed around common themes.
 
Comparisons
Students are encouraged to compare and contrast languages and cultures. They discover patterns, make predictions, and analyze similarities and differences across languages and cultures. Students often come to understand their native language and culture better through such comparisons.
Communities Extending learning experiences from the world language classroom to the home and multilingual and multicultural community emphasizes living in a global society. Activities may include: field trips, use of e-mail and the World Wide Web, clubs, exchange programs and cultural activities, school-to-work opportunities, and opportunities to hear speakers of other languages in the school and classroom
 
Elementary World Language
Students are instructed in the Spanish language in Grades K -5 once a week by highly qualified, certified World Language teachers.
Middle School World Language
Students are instructed in the Spanish language in Grades 6-8 by highly qualified, certified World Language teachers. Students follow an A/B schedule and Spanish placement tests are given at the end of the school year to determine placement levels (levels IA, IB, 2A, 2B) for the next school year.
High School World Language
Students in grades 9-12 are instructed by highly qualified, certified World Language teachers. Students are offered the following World Language courses and can proceed to the next level based on successful completion of the course and/or teacher recommendations and placement tests.
  • Spanish I, II, III, IV
  • Japanese I, II, III, IV
  • French I, II, III, IV
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers
  • Sign Language
  • Italian
  • Advanced Placement Spanish

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

BILINGUAL PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
President
Vice-President
Secretary
Vocal
Domingo Chanes
Parent
Ingris Barahona
Parent
Sara Bernardino
Parent
Gabino Lopez
Parent
 
Parents: The Voice That Makes the Difference
One of the most important components of the New Brunswick Bilingual/ESL Program is parental involvement.  Communication between families and schools is one of the goals of the New Brunswick Public Schools.  It is recognized that parents are their children’s first teacher and their involvement in the education of their children is encouraged and supported.
  • The Bilingual Parent Council holds 4 informational meetings for parents/guardians of students in the program.  The purpose of these meetings is to inform parents about the Bilingual/ESL Program and to offer an opportunity for parents to communicate their concerns and to receive answers to their questions.
  • Workshops address educational topics and strategies parents can use to support their children’s education.  Parents are encouraged to voice their concerns and opinions in an effort to cater to their needs.
 
 
 

CURRICULUM

Bilingual/ESL/WL Department Curricula

Bilingual/ESL

Bilingual/ESL K-12 Curricula




World Languages

Curriculum Guides K-12

Grade
Pacing Guide/Curriculum Map
Curriculum 
WL Kindergarten
WL Grade 1
WL Grade 2
WL Grade 3
WL Grade 4 
WL Grade 5 
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Spanish for Spanish Speakers
AP Spanish
Japanese I
Japanese II
Japanese III
French I
French II
French III
French IV
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Italian I
Italian II


StaffTop of Page

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Dr. Andrea Fonteñez
Director of Bilingual/ESL Education
732-745-5300 Ext. 5444
Magalis Azcona-Ortiz
World Language Specialist
732-745-5300 Ext. 5468
Marisa Santos
Supervisor of ESL/World Language Education
732-745-5300 Ext. 5467
Yolande Pastrana
Bilingual/ESL Specialist
732-745-5300 Ext. 5469
Carolina Arvelo
Secretary
732-745-5300 Ext. 5445
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Bilingual Literacy ProgramTop of Page

The Seal of BiliteracyTop of Page

The State Seal of Biliteracy was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English. 
 

2019 New Brunswick High School & Health Science Tech. High School Seal of Biliteracy Students ​Top of Page

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” -Geoffrey Williams
~~~~ CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2019! ~~~ #ALLIN4NB ~~~
It is with great pleasure that the Bilingual Department announces the recipient of the
2019 Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship, Eros Barahona
Together with the support of the New Brunswick Education Foundation, we successfully accomplished our goal of the $1000 scholarship, along with an HP Laptop!
Furthermore, the NBEF will continue to mentor the student throughout his higher education journey.

YOUR contributions, via the 2018 Winter Wishes Basket Raffle and the Dress Down Fundraiser made it ALL possible. 
A special THANK YOU to our community partners for their generous contributions as they were very much appreciated.
Thank you ALL for your continued support of our New Brunswick Students.


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RECOGNITION:

This year, we were fortunate to be able to provide laptops to our 

2019 Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship 1st and 2nd runner-ups, Yatzary Robles of the New Brunswick Health Science Technology High School and Mery Alegria of  New Brunswick High School.


 

The Joan Marino Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has participated in the district's Bilingual/ESL Program for at least one year.  The following criteria must be met by any candidate wishing to apply:

  • The student must have been a student at New Brunswick High School  or New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School for 4 years
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Has been active in school activities
  • Has been accepted to a two or four year institution of higher learning

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Monday through Friday

Regular Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00pm

Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Early Dismissal: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2019 Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship Dress Down Fundraiser

2018 Winter Wishes Basket Raffle Winner