English as a Second Language (ESL) Department
Sudbury families speak at least 60 different languages and dialects in addition to English, including: Afrikaans, American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Azeri, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Benin, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Cape Verdean Creole, Croatian, Dutch, Farsi, French, Fukien, Garifuna, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Konkani, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Maltese, Mandarin, Maradi, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Shona, Sierra Leonean Krio, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tulu, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Visayan, Welsh, and Yoruba.
Every one of these families is different. Some families speak three or more languages. Some families speak mostly English. Some families speak more than one language but read and write in only one. We have multilingual families that just moved here from another country and we also have multilingual families who have lived in the United States for generations. We are proud to welcome all of these families in Sudbury Public Schools.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a program specifically for students who need additional English language instruction to succeed in their other academic classes.
What will multilingual children do when they grow up?
They will change the world.
Lin Manuel Miranda
playwright, songwriter, actor, musician
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Justice Sonya Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice
Dr. Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis doctor, neuroscientist
Brazilian Portuguese, English
rapper, musician, actor
Haitian Creole, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish
Rana el Kaliouby
co-founder and CEO of Affectiva
Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez
Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal
English, Arabic, Urdu
Punjabi, Hindi, English