The English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) program is designed to improve English proficiency in both social and academic contexts.
NJUCA adheres to the standards set in place by the state department of education. We do this by implementing English Language Proficiency Standards into lessons and by administering state recognized assessments in order to monitor growth and provide individualized plans for success in every classroom. Teachers are informed of the English Language Learner’s scores and are provided teaching principles and practices that will aid in educating the students at their current language proficiency level.
The ESL teacher and Special Services Director are available to the students and teachers at all times as a guide and resource in the area of language growth. In addition to these services, students in the ESL program also take an ESL class in place of, but not inferior to, the mainstream Language Arts class. The effectiveness of the class is marked by its rigorous instruction and practice of the English language. Students are not only exposed to good and authentic literature, but the intricacies of the English language in areas such as mechanics, pronunciation, vocabulary and analysis of literature. Once a student has reached the state accepted level of language proficiency, they are exited from the ESL program.
NJUCA has developed this program throughout our entire life as a school and the program’s success is evidenced by the double literacy of our international students.