English as a New Language

Our Teachers

English as a New Language Team English as a New Language Teachers at PS 230 

First Row (L to R):  Ms. Weinstein,  Ms. Brown, Ms. Heyer, Mrs. Carlesi, Ms. Robb

Second Row (L to R):  Ms PertesMs. Birchfield

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 Strength in Diversity 

Tips for Parents of English Language Learners

Homework Routines

 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.

Brain Pop

 Brain Pop logo with link to organization's webpage

Brain Pop is available to all PS 230 students.

If you need help logging on, please contact Jill Reinier at jreinier@schools.nyc.gov

Pebble Go

 Pebble Go logo with link to organization's webpage

Pebble Go is available free to all PS 230 students. 

If you need help logging on, contact Ms. Jill at jreinier@schools.nyc.gov

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

Source: http://www.colorincolorado.org

     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 adiscipio@schools.nyc.gov