World Languages and English as a New Language
Ms. Laurie Marshall-Lauria
District Coordinator for World Languages, English as a New Language & Student Activities
Manhasset Public Schools
200 Memorial Place
Manhasset, NY 11030
The greatest achievement for students of world languages is the ability to communicate with confidence in the target language and to develop a foundation for intercultural awareness and international understanding. The World Language faculty recognizes the need to prepare students for success in this increasingly inter-connected and shrinking world and the importance of second language proficiency in creating effective and successful global citizens. In order to help students achieve these goals, the World Language Department is approaching language teaching with techniques and activities designed to facilitate, encourage, and improve the levels of communication and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
The World Language faculty at Manhasset is aware of the following observations stated in the New York State Modern Languages Syllabus (1986) and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (1996): To study another language and culture gives one the powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when and why, to say what to whom. While the teaching of grammar and vocabulary remains crucial, the current organizing principle for language study is communication, which also highlights the why, the whom and the when (the sociolinguistic and cultural aspects of language). The approach to language instruction found in today’s schools is designed to facilitate genuine interaction with others, whether they are on another continent, across town, or within the neighborhood (National Standards, 1996, p.11).
English as a New Language
Each year the Manhasset Schools educate many English Language Learners. As we help our ELLs acclimatize and learn the English language, we also encourage them to share their own cultures with us in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures in the United States and in the world. By sharing their global perspectives in our ENL classrooms and in their academic courses, our ELLs help bring diversity and awareness to our community.
The English as a New Language curriculum is in built in collaboration with mainstream teachers to help ELLs develop appropriate English language skills and master the content being introduced in their mainstream classes. The ENL teachers work diligently to ensure that our ELLs are provided with the support they need in order succeed in their classes and help them achieve the required level of English proficiency needed to exit the ENL program. The NYSESLAT is the only assessment that can determine if a student has reached that level. To enhance our curricula and encourage our students to be active participants in their education, opportunities will be provided to ENL teachers and students to use the latest technological tools.
Link to Frequently Asked Questions:
The following terms will assist you in understanding the English as a New Language program:
- ELL: English Language Learner
- ENL: English as a New Language
- TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- NYSESLAT: New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
- NYSITELL: New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners
- HLQ: Home Language Questionnaire
Currently, at the secondary level, the Manhasset World Languages Department offers opportunities to study French, Italian and Spanish beginning in the 7th grade through the AP level. We also offer Latin I as an elective to our high school students. Students typically take the FLACS Checkpoint A Exam at the end of 8th grade and the FLACS Checkpoint B Exam at the completion of level 3 of the language.
Click Here for New York State Learning Standards for World Languages http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/lote/lotestands/home.html
Click Here for the National Standards for World Languages
Click Here for the Pre K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards
Students are required to complete a three-year sequence of the same language and passing of the Regional Checkpoint B assessment in June in order to fulfill Manhasset’s graduation requirement. One high school credit is awarded upon the completion of the 7th and 8th grade sequence in the middle school and passing of the regional Checkpoint A assessment in June.
Regional Assessment for Checkpoint A (middle school)
- Speaking 30 points
- Listening 30 points
- Reading 20 points
- Writing 20 points
Link to sample Checkpoint A assessments: http://www.nysedregents.org/loteslp/home.html
Regional Assessment for Checkpoint B (high school)
- Speaking 24 points
- Listening 26 points
- Reading 30 points
- Writing 20 points
Link to sample Checkpoint B assessments: http://www.nysedregents.org/