English as a New Language (ENL)
The mission of the English as a New Language (ENL) program at West Buffalo Charter School is to create a learning rich environment for English language learners (ELLs) through English language acquisition and academic achievement. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) developed standards for all students, including English Language Learners, in order to raise the level of instruction for all children. ELLs receive ENL instruction aimed towards the different levels of English language acquisition.
There are five levels of English language proficiency that support instruction to our English Language Learners (ELLs) and students are placed in the ENL program based on the results of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) or New York State English Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Students at the Entering and Emerging levels receive 36 minutes of stand alone instruction and 36 minutes of integrated ENL instruction daily during English Language Arts (ELA). Students at the Transitioning and Expanding receive 36 minutes of integrated ENL instruction daily during ELA. Students who are Commanding receive 90 minutes of integrated ENL instruction during ELA weekly. We also administer an annual English language assessment each Spring called the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). The results of this test determine the ELLs proficiency level for the next year.
We strive to provide instruction in whole-class and small groups to give our students the best means to learn the English language and academic content at the same time. Teachers often utilize technology, such as iPads and smart TV's, to enrich content and engage students. On-site language support staff assists with student and family communication.
West Buffalo Charter School has a high population of English Language Learners (ELLs), with approximately 25% of the student body receiving ENL services. Over 21 languages are currently represented, including:
Burmese, Karen, Somali, Spanish, Zomi, Siyin Chin, Min-Dat, Nepali, Rakhine, Arabic, Karenni, French, Vietnamese, Lingala, Tigrinya, Portugese, May May, Bengali, Bangla, Ogoni, and Swahili.
Many of our students come from:
Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Vietnam, Ecuador, Syrian Arab Republic, Congo, Angola, Thailand, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Kenya, and Somalia.