Welcome to English as a New Language

The ENL Coordinator's Corner

Welcome :)  my name is Ms. Rosalee Choniuk and besides being an ENL teacher I am also the Coordinator.  If you should have any questions regarding your child's ELL status please feel free to come in and schedule an appointment through the Main Office.

Just a reminder that all English Language Learners must take the New York State English as a Second Language Test (NYSESLAT) given every Spring.

The NYSESLAT begins in April and concludes in May.  The students are tested in English only to measure their language proficiency in English speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Scores are received back in September and determine ENL (formerly ESL - English as a Second Language to English as New Language) or Bilingual status.

Also incoming Kindergarten Registration will soon begin if need to schedule appointment please call Main Office - Ms. Despina:)


English As a New Language Program

The ENL Department services English Language Learners through Push In and Pull Out models according to their levels as listed:

*Entering- 360 minutes (180 integrated and 180 stand alone) 

*Emerging- 360 minutes (180 integrated and 180 stand alone)

*Transitioning- 180 minutes integrated

*Expanding-180 minutes integrated

*Commanding- 90 minutes integrated - (These students have passed the NYSESLAT and receive two years additional support but will no longer be tested.)

Push In/integrated model is when the ENL teacher works alongside the classroom teacher providing ENL strategies for them to best learn the content material. Pull Out/Stand Alone model is when the ENL teacher pulls a small group of students in a separate location to work on developing ELA skills Implementing ENL strategies. 

Tips how to support your English Language Learner at home

  • Read to your child, with your child, and listen to your child read every day. You can also take them to the public library in the neighborhood.
  • Use your home language at home. Speaking two languages helps your child gain language skills which will further English language acquisition.
  • Support your child with homework.
  • Although first year ELLs are exempt from the ELA exam they still are required to take the Math state exam therefore we recommend you practice math facts with your child so that they become proficient.  Also check out website for building math skills. 
  • Engage with your child in conversations. Ask them about school, what they are learning, what they like and don't like. 


Kindergarten ENL

Kindergarten ENL

First Grade ENL

Second Grade ENL

In ELA students are engaging in discussion utilizing content vocabulary and reading mentor texts for Persuasive Unit.  Students haven been writing Friendly and Persuasive letters as well as learning the different parts that make up a letter and why having "good details/reasons" is important.  It is exciting to see students in conversation discussing what they want to convince or tell the reader about as well as see the struggle to come up with "good specific reasons" WHY as was the case in text we read, I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman Orloff.  The lesson we learned,  it's easier to say we want/need something but giving the reasons WHY is more of a challenge.  

Third Grade ENL

In ELA we are working on Australian Animals research paper. Students are learning how to take notes about a specific topic looking at different nonfiction texts. They are practicing how to use their own words when they take notes. They are also practicing on using quotation marks. As we focus on vocabulary words we are learning how to use the glossary at the end of the book to find the meaning of new words. 

In math we are studying division while practicing multiplication facts. It's important that our students understand that division and multiplication are inverse operations just like addition and subtraction. We are working on solving division word problems with focus on reinforcing the language/vocabulary used on these problems. 

Fourth Grade ENL

In ELA we started our unit on folktales. This is a super fun unit because students get to write their own folktale. Throughout this unit students will be exposed to different vocabulary words such as problem, solution, theme, characters, and setting to prepare them to write their own folktale. Each day we will study a different folktale (Fairy Tale, Fable, Myths, Legend, Tall Tales, and Pourquoi) and read stories from each type of folktale. Students will practice reading and analyzing different folktales to identify the story elements and characteristics.

Fifth Grade ENL