Supervisor, Ms. Cyndi Moskalow
Township Public Schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) program is
currently aligned with the WIDA standards for K-12 students and the New
Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). The district's
schools endeavor to ensure that all English Language Learners (ELLs)
achieve English language competence needed for academic success as well
as personal, social growth and acculturation.
program is designed to teach ELLs social and academic language skills as
well as the cultural aspects of the English language necessary to
achieve in academic settings and in society. It provides new ELLs the
opportunity to use their abilities to the fullest as they develop and
expand their English language proficiency. The program involves teaching
the language arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
at a variety of students’ proficiency levels; the ESL program
instruction is based on students’ individual levels of English
proficiency. Classes are taught in English; instruction does not take
place in any of the students’ native languages.
The ESL program models
utilized in the district include pull-out (grades K-6) and scheduled
class periods (grades 6-12). Students learn English while integrating
into the school and community at large. Therefore, the goals of the ESL
program are both specific and wide ranging. Participation helps students
adjust culturally while simultaneously aiding the development of their
English language skills.