The South Colonie Central School District’s English as a New Language (ENL) program provides instructional support to English Language Learners (ELLs), or students whose primary language is not English, and who demonstrate eligibility for ENL services. The district's four ENL instructors at the elementary, middle school and high school levels provide instructional support to about 100 students from 15 different countries. These students' native languages include Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Gujarati, Korean, Kurdish, Pashto, Punjabi, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese. The goal of the ESL program is provide the necessary language and academic support to English Language Learners in order for them to meet the demands of the South Colonie curricula and the Common Core Learning Standards.
New Regulations for English Language Learners (ELLs) Now in Effect
School districts across New York are now required to meet new regulations related to students who are English Language Learners (ELLs). The changes went into effect for the 2015-16 school year. full story
New York State Educational Learning Standards for ENL
The New York State Education Department has established learning standards for the ENL program, denoting the skills and abilities each student should attain at various levels of his or her education - elementary, middle and high school levels. For a list of the learning standards for ENL, click here.
ENL Links and Resources for ENL Teachers, Parents and Students
The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages has released an English Language Learner (ELL) parent orientation video, titled English Language Learner Programs in New York State (NYS). It is available to watch in eight languages using the link below:
www.brainpopesl.com - BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement
EverythingESL.net - A great web site for ENL teachers featuring teaching tips, lesson plans, other resources
Bilingual Glossaries - This website from the New York State Department of Education provides links to a variety of bilingual glossaries. These glossaries provide support to teachers and students within specific content areas.
New York State English as a Second Language Test (NYSESLAT): This website provides an overview of the annual achievement test for our ENL students. There is parent information about the test printed in various languages: English, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.
Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch: This site provides links to lunch forms in many, many languages. Please contact us if you need help with the forms. They can be returned to any teacher, who will forward them to the correct person.
Vocabulary Games - This web site has many different games that will help ENL students gain English vocabulary.
English Club: This site has A LOT of different areas to explore. The best area for students is the game area. Hangman, matching and crosswords are just some of the games that will help students practice English. As you'll see, the entry page to these games is very busy, in the visual sense. Younger students might need some help getting started.
Star Fall: Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Its systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for English language development (ELD, ELL, ENL).
Teach Children ESL: A website created by a small group of teachers who want to help improve the professionalism of those who teach ENL to children.
Boggles World ENL: A great resource web site of ENL teachers with amazing links.
Reading A-Z: A reading resource center for meeting the
reading needs of a diverse student population.