Department of English as a New Language (ENL)
English as a New Language (ENL)
is an instructional service
provided to English Language Learners (ELLs)
to support the development of
academic and social proficiency
At PS 230,
English as a New Language (ENL) services
are provided by NYS certified teachers.
English Language Learners (ELLs)
English-Language Learners, or ELLs, are a culturally and linguistically diverse group of students who often come from non-English or non-standard English speaking homes and backgrounds. These students come to PS 230 with different language, academic, and social-emotional needs and therefore require modified instruction.
- Most experts agree that it takes 5 -7 years or more to acquire academic English, the language needed to succeed academically and professionally
- English-language learners are the fastest-growing segment of the school-age population in the United States
- While some ELLs are immigrants and newcomers to this country, the majority of ELLs enrolled in U.S. schools are born in the U.S
PS 230 is committed to providing an enriching and rigorous educational experience for all English Language Learners in collaboration with our school community and families.
The NYC Department of Education offers different programs for English language development so that students can develop language and content knowledge in English.
Families of ELLs have the option to enroll their children in
- English as a New Language (ENL) programs, or
- bilingual programs (Transitional Bilingual Education and Dual Language).
In addition, PS 230 offers specialized workshops and after-school programs for families of ELLs.
For more information about ENL services at PS 230, contact Adriana Discipio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for Parents of English Language Learners
When your child is learning English, it is important to have a homework routine at home. This can make a significant difference in your child’s learning.
It is important to provide a quiet environment with few distractions. Make sure that your child has all the supplies he or she needs.
If you don’t understand the homework, you and your child can write down questions to ask the teacher. Even if you cannot speak English yourself, you can still check on your child to see if homework assignments are finished.
- Ms. DiScipio
The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is given to all students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs).
The purpose of the NYSESLAT is to annually assess the English language proficiency level of ELLs enrolled in Grades K–12 in New York State schools.
The test gives the state, schools, parents, and teachers important information about the English language development of ELLs.
- The Speaking portion of the NYSESLAT will be given between April 10th - May 19th, 2017.
- The Listening/Reading/Writing portions of the NYSESLAT will be given between May 8th - May 19th, 2017.
School and Family Partnerships
In the United States, schools and families work together closely to help children succeed.
For example, you can contact your child’s teacher if you have questions, or you may be invited to events at the school.
Click here to find out how you can build a relationship with your child's school.
Learning Together at Home
When you are with your child, there is a lot that you can learn together!
Click here to find all kinds of ideas for activities that you can do around the house, outside, in your neighborhood, and during vacations at different times of year.
It also has ideas related to math and science that are easy to try at home (like sorting socks).
Try some of these out, and if you find an activity that your child enjoys, look for different ways and places to try it, or share it with your child’s teacher — you may find something that other kids and families will enjoy too!
Raising Bi-Lingual Kids
One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of two (or more) languages.
Being bilingual is good for your child's brain, makes communication with grandparents and relatives easier, and is an advantage for finding jobs in the future.
To learn more, click here for ideas on raising bilingual children.