34 Outwater Garfield, New Jersey
Cahn, Federal Programs Asst. Supervisor
Title III ESL and Bilingual Programs
who enter the public schools speaking primarily a language other than
English may be in need of additional assistance in learning English and
in maintaining progress in the regular program. Garfield has an English
as a Second Language (ESL) program for English Language Learners (ELLs)
available in all grades, K-12, and in all public schools. In order to
determine which students need to be placed in the ESL program, a
language test is given within the school. Children who qualify receive
specialized daily instruction in all aspects of English: understanding,
speaking, reading, and writing, which will better prepare them for their
school careers and their life in the United States. A letter is sent
home advising parents of this opportunity; however, they have the right
to refuse these services. Students receive one period daily of ESL
instruction. The focus of the ESL program is to teach students to
understand, speak, read, and write English. The ESL teachers also teach
content area vocabulary and concepts within the ESL classrooms.
district also has a kindergarten to grade 5 Spanish Bilingual Magnet
Program, located in Abraham Lincoln School #6 . The Bilingual Program
uses the native language and English to present skills in
reading/language arts and mathematics. Instruction is daily.
Middle School and High School, students in the ESL program receive two
daily periods of instruction, ESL and High Intensity ESL. The classes
are regularly scheduled courses and the students receive credit for
them. In addition to all aspects of learning the English language,
content area vocabulary and concepts are covered in the classes as well.
Elementary ESL students who speak Spanish but whose parents have refused
the Bilingual Program services are eligible to participate in an
additional period of ESL instruction called High Intensity ESL in the
elementary schools in lieu of bilingual education classes.
who have little or no English skills additionally participate in a class
called Port of Entry ESL. This is for all students in all grades who
need this instruction.
of children placed in a Limited English program will be notified by
letter no later than 30 days after they enter school indicating the
reason for placement and the child’s level of proficiency.
If you would like further information about these programs, please call
Mrs. Geri Ledford, Federal Programs Department Supervisor.