WELCOME TO THE ESL PROGRAM AT RIVER EDGE


Our program is designed for children who speak an additional language at home. Since they are learning two languages they may require English language instruction.
We support children who are English learners (ELs).
These children can be:
  • dual language learners or emergent bilinguals if they are still developing language,
  • English language learners if they speak another language at home and are now learning English or
  • bilingual learners, they speak both their home language and English at home.


The following criteria set by the NJDOE and the USDOE will help us to determine if a child needs ESL services:

  • A Home Language Survey indicating that the child speaks another language at home or another language and English at home
  • A language screening tool to assess the level of English language proficiency (WIDA MODEL)
  • Interviews with parents and child (Kindergarten only)
  • Classroom observations with classroom teachers
  • ACCESS scores and other information that we receive from the previous district if a child has already received ESL services


Instructional Strategies:

  • Pre-teaching the content and vocabulary

  • Modifying instruction

  • Providing modifications for classroom teachers

  • Using visuals to access content

  • Encouraging use of home language to support English learning



Our Model of Instruction:


    We provide instruction aligned with the WIDA Standards and the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


    Our instruction includes:

    • supporting the students in their classroom with the teacher (push-in)

    • supporting the students in small groups in the ESL classroom (pull-out)

    • teaching alongside the classroom teacher focusing on the language use while the teacher focuses on the concepts (co-teaching).

    Assessment and Monitoring Progress:


    For placement: WIDA MODEL

    During the year: unit tests, observations, classroom assessments (DRA, TC, LinkIt, PALS)

    Summative: ACCESS 2.0 for ELLS 











    You may contact us by email and we will respond to you within 24 hours.





    Monica Schnee - Coordinator/Teacher
    schneem@riveredgeschools.org



    Veronica Kim
    kimv@riveredgeschools.org



    Mariana Marinich
    marinichm@riveredgeschools.org









                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

      ELL Parent Evening Presentation

      Click Here to View Presentation


      The Bi-Borough ESL Curriculum
      Click Here to See Curriculum

      The New Jersey Department of Education, Bilingual Office (http://www.state.nj.us/education/bilingual/)

      WIDA (http://www.wida.us/standards/)





      NOTIFICATION LETTERS FOR ENTRY, CONTINUATION AND EXIT


      Parents are notified in their home language and English by mail if their child has been:

      placed in the ESL program (entry), continues to receive services (continuation) or no longer needs ESL support (exit). 

      Below are the letters in English, Korean and Spanish. If you speak a different language, please use google to translate these documents into your home language.

      Entry - English

      Continuation - English

      Exit - English


      Entry - Korean

      Continuation - Korean

      Exit - Korean


      Entry - Spanish

      Continuation - Spanish

      Exit Letter - Spanish




      Meetings


      Throughout the year, we hold meetings with parents to discuss the program, the scores from the ACCESS 2. Test, ways in which to help their child succeed in school and other topics of interest.We also hold meetings for our Parent Advisory Committee - please consider joining to support our program and your children. 
      Stay tuned for emails and notices on our next meeting dates.