• 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- 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.

    English as a Second Language Only Program (ESL Only Program)

    NBPS also provides ESL services to ELLs who are not in the Bilingual Transitional Program or in the Dual Language Program. These ELLs receive ESL only services for 40 minutes a day provided by a certified ESL teacher.  

    Student participation in the ESL Only program depends on multiple criteria, such as ELP level as measured by the WIDA Screener or WIDA ACCESS assessments, ESL and classroom teacher recommendations, and academic performance. 

    ELLs in the  ESL Only Program receive ESL instruction following a push-in model where the ESL teacher and mainstream teacher co-teach and collaborate to coordinate instruction based on students’ proficiency levels and academic needs. 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. 

    ELLs in the ESL Only Program interact 100% of the time with non-ELL students in academic and non-academic activities throughout the school day.  Students interact during regular classroom instruction, extended school programs, and special area subjects like Physical Education, Health, Art, Music, Library and Media, and World Languages. Students also have additional opportunities to interact with no-ELL students during non-academic times like lunch and recess and other school activities and events (see below for a more detailed list of school events and activities).

    Assessment

      • ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs
    All English Language Learners are tested once each year using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment to measure English Language Proficiency as well as to determine placement for the following year. As soon as students score a 4.5 in WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and meet the multiple exit criteria they will be placed in the general education program.