World Languages and ENL
English as a New Language
"We want to raise our children so that they can
take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of
others." ~Mister Rodgers
Districtwide ENL Faculty
year the Northport-East Northport UFSD educates several English
Language Learners (ELLs). As we help our ELLs acclimatize and learn the
English language, we also encourage them to share their own cultures
with us in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the diverse
cultures in the United States and in the world. By sharing their global
perspectives in our ENL classrooms and in their academic courses, our
ELLs help bring diversity and awareness to our community.
English as a New Language curriculum is in built in collaboration
with mainstream teachers to help ELLs develop appropriate English
language skills and master the content being introduced in
their mainstream classes. The ENL teachers work diligently to ensure
that our ELLs are provided with the support they need in order succeed
in their classes and help them achieve the required level of English
proficiency needed to exit the ENL program. The NYSESLAT is the only
assessment that can determine if a student has reached that level. To
enhance our curricula and encourage our students to be active
participants in their education, opportunities will be provided to ENL
teachers and students to use the latest technological tools.
Please review the terms below to assist you in understanding the English as a New Language program:
- ELL: English Language Learner
- ENL: English as a New Language
- LEP: Limited English Proficiency
- TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- NYSESLAT: New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
- HLQ: Home Language Questionnaire
How are students identified as English Language Learners?
All incoming families are required to complete a HomeLanguage
Questionnaire (HLQ) as part of their overall registration process. This
form is available in a variety of languages. If your family speaks a
language other than English you may complete this form in your native
2. If the HLQ does not state that a second
language is spoken at home, but a second language is suspected, ENL
teachers can continue with the identification process.
3. All New York State Schools are mandated to follow the NYS English Language Learner (ELL) screening, identification, placement, review, and exit criteria set forth by NYSED. If you would like to review the process, please click on the link provided.
If a student is identified as a ELL, then he/she is placed in the ENL
program and services will begin; school placement and/or periods are
determined by a student's level of proficiency, grade level, and home
5. Can a parent/guardian refuse ENL services? Here is the answer from the New York State Education Department:
There is no opting out from ENL once a child is identified and placed
in the ENL program. New York State requires that all identified LEP/ELL
students receive ENL instruction appropriate to their proficiency level.
Parents do not have the option to withdraw their child from an ENL
Click on the link to the NYS bilingual education website to learn more about our NYS requirements.