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

Spanish, English

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


English, Igbo

Justice Sonya Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice

Spanish, English

Dr. Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis doctor, neuroscientist

Brazilian Portuguese, English

Wyclef Jean

rapper, musician, actor

Haitian Creole, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

Rana el Kaliouby

co-founder and CEO of Affectiva

English, Arabic

Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez


Spanish, English

Maryam Mirzakhani


Farsi, English

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal

molecular biologist

English, Chinese

Asma Khalid


English, Arabic, Urdu

Vikas Khanna

chef, author

Punjabi, Hindi, English

Grace Lin

author, illustrator

English, Chinese