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Program Overview

 

The Hackettstown Public School District English Language Learner programs support students from immigrant and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the development of English language skills and the attainment of academic content. Currently, Hackettstown Public Schools serve over 200 English Language Learners in grades K-12. Our program comprises Sheltered Instruction, High Intensity ESL, Bilingual Education, and Newcomer services.

 

Program Description

 

  • Sheltered Instruction Program
 

Students in this program receive at least one period of ESL instruction every day. In addition, all content area teachers who work with ELLs have been trained with 15 hours of Sheltered Instruction strategies.

 

  • High Intensity English as a Second Language Program
 

Students in this program receive two class periods of ESL instruction every day. Additionally, content area teachers receive district-provided ongoing ELL professional development. 

 

  • Full-Time Bilingual Education Program
 

Our Full-Time Bilingual Program has been designed for students whose home language is Spanish and who are developing proficiency in English. Students in this program receive instruction in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish. Students in this program also receive at least one period of ESL instruction every day.  

 

  • Newcomer Program
 

This program has been established to address the varying needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE). All content area instruction provided in this program is differentiated to meet the unique academic needs of each student and supported by a bilingual certified teacher. Students in the Newcomer Program also receive at least one period of ESL every day.

 

Our Curriculum

 
  • Novice ESL
 

This course is designed to provide the requisite language, social, and critical thinking skills to newly-arrived English Language Learners. Instruction focuses on the four main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ​Critical "survival" vocabulary, as well as basic academic language are reinforced throughout the course. Additionally, Novice ESL is infused with key elements of basic English grammar and mechanics. Lessons provide communicative practice that involves students in interactions that are based on real-life situations. To guarantee that ESL instruction addresses the different learning styles and educational levels of the students, a variety of instructional approaches and materials are used.

 

  • Basic ESL
 

This course is designed to provide beginning-level English Language Learners with vocabulary, grammar, and functional expressions necessary to communicate at the beginning level in a variety of academic and non-academic contexts. Lessons provide communicative practice that involves students in interactions that are based on real-life situations. To guarantee that ESL instruction addresses the different learning styles and educational levels of the students, a variety of instructional approaches and materials are used. Overall, instruction focuses on the four main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ​

 

  • Intermediate ESL
 

This course is designed to provide intermediate-level English Language Learners with vocabulary, grammar, and functional expressions necessary to communicate at the intermediate level in a variety of academic and non-academic contexts. Lessons provide communicative practice that involves students in interactions that are based on real-life situations. To guarantee that ESL instruction addresses the different learning styles and educational levels of the students, a variety of instructional approaches and materials are used. Overall, instruction focuses on the four main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ​

 

  • Advanced ESL I
 

This course is designed to provide advanced-level English Language Learners with vocabulary, grammar, and functional expressions necessary to communicate at the advanced level in a variety of academic and non-academic contexts. In addition, this course prepares students for academic study in the mainstream classroom. Lessons provide communicative practice that involves students in interactions that are based on real-life situations. To guarantee that ESL instruction addresses the different learning styles and educational levels of the students, a variety of instructional approaches and materials are used. Overall, instruction focuses on the four main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ​

  • Advanced ESL II
 

This course is designed to help advanced students of English as a Second Language develop transitional skills in reading and writing that will enable them to be successful in meeting the requirements of general education classes. Along with focused literacy instruction, students will receive support for concurrent studies in general education English Language Arts. This course extends student understanding of the novel, short story, and dramatic structures through the close and critical reading of a variety of texts. The reading selections for the course include short stories chosen from classic, contemporary, and multicultural sources as well as the novel, The House on Mango Street and the play Taming of the Shrew. Students learn the elements of short stories, novels, and drama and will be able to evaluate character motivation, identify and discuss universal themes and compare and contrast literary texts both visual and written. Vocabulary instruction will be integrated across the curriculum in the literature units. Instruction in advanced English grammar, usage techniques, and mechanics will be a part of all formal written work augmented with teacher chosen lessons.

 

Program Features

 

  • curriculum that recognizes the unique academic, social, cultural, and language development needs of ELLs
  • standards-based differentiated instruction 
  • social and emotional support services for students 
  • ongoing professional development and Sheltered Instruction training for staff
  • ESL and bilingual certified staff
  • parent involvement and participation through Parent Advisory Committee meetings
 

Program Placement and Exit

 

  • The WIDA MODEL test is used to measure students’ level of English language proficiency upon District entry. 
  • The WIDA ACCESS test is given in the spring to measure how much students have progressed in English.
  • A composite ACCESS score of 4.5 or higher may allow a student to exit the ESL program.
  • Having ELL status gives students access to ELL accommodations on the State test (NJSLA).
 

Resources

 

Una Guía De Las Escuelas Para Sus Hijos

My Child is an ELL Parent Guide

NJDOE Newly Redesigned Spanish Language Parent Portal

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

 

Contact Information

 

Joanna Rodzen-Hickey

Coordinator of ESL and Bilingual Programs

 

[email protected]

 

908-852-2800 ext. 1233

 

315 Washington Street

Hackettstown, NJ 07840