Language Acquisition Programs

  • English as a New Language (ENL), formerly known as English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), is offered in all schools to limited English proficient students in grades kindergarten-12. The ENL Program allows students to learn English from concrete to abstract levels of language in a spiraling fashion. The ENL program develops skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through content area instruction. ENL students participate in all district-wide and school activities. ENL is required for all limited English proficient students and students whose parents have opted them out of bilingual education.

    The Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is offered to Spanish speaking students who are limited English proficient, as defined by the New York State Education Department. Transitional Bilingual Education offers instruction in the content areas that enriches comprehension through Spanish Native Language while fostering English Language development.

    The goals of both programs are to provide a transitional approach to fluency in English in order to meet all graduation requirements.

    All new entrants to the programs are administered the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) for initial placement. To assess student language growth, determine continuation of services, and be in compliance with NCLB guidelines, the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is administered yearly to students.

    Bilingual Education Programs are offered at the following schools:

    • Enrico Fermi School in PreK – 8
    • Robert C. Dodson School in PreK – 8
    • Yonkers Middle High School in grades 9 – 12

     Languages Other Than English (L.O.T.E)

    Foreign Language acquisition is an integral part of the instructional program for secondary students in grades 7-12. Along with language acquisition, second language learners also gain knowledge and understanding of cultural, geographical and economical qualities associated with the languages studied. Foreign Language instruction prepares students to compete in the global market through acquisition and mastery of multilingual skills.