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English as a New Language is a state and federally mandated program which seeks to provide intensive English skills to non-English speaking students using ENL methodologies and techniques. The students in this program are held to the same high standards as their English speaking counterparts, thus, the teachers incorporate all of the language arts modalities of listening, speaking, reading and writing. These classes not only teach English Language Arts but also teach English through the content area.

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Judy Goris-Moroff has served as Huntington’s district director of world languages, English as a new language and bilingual programs since July 1, 2015.

Ms. Goris-Moroff obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies at St. John’s University and a Master of Science degree in childhood education at CUNY-Queens College. She is currently studying for a doctorate in school leadership at St. John’s University in Oakdale.

Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Goris-Moroff worked as a fifth grade bilingual classroom teacher and middle school Spanish teacher at Alejandrina Benitez de Gautier School (PS 377) in Brooklyn from August 2004 through June 2008; as a bilingual kindergarten and first grade teacher in Patchogue-Medford from September 2008 through June 2010; as a bilingual resource specialist for Eastern Suffolk BOCES in Holbrook from September 2010 through June 2014 and executive director of ESL, bilingual and languages other than English in the Hempstead School District since August 2014.

Assistant principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES regional summer school in 2010, Ms. Goris-Moroff was also a summer educational services consultant in Hempstead in 2011.

Ms. Goris-Moroff maintains membership in numerous professional organizations, including the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, National Association of Bilingual Education, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Long Island English Language Learner Leadership Team, SIFE Leadership Team and FLACS Consortium.

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This is a state and federal mandated program which seeks to provide intensive English skills to non- English speaking students using ENL methodologies and techniques. The students in this program are held to the same high standards as their English speaking counterparts, thus, the teachers incorporate all of the language arts modalities of listening, speaking, reading and writing. These classes not only teach English Language Arts but also teach English through the content area.

The process of learning a new language is very similar to that of learning a first language. Studies have shown that the process of learning a new language, both for social skills and academic skills, take between 6 to 10 years. Students are required to complete the program within 3 years; an additional extension of services for three extra years can be requested from the New York State Education Department, Office of the Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies. Students who do not pass the NYSESLAT, after receiving ENL services for 6 years, must continue in the program until they score at the Proficiency Level on the NYSESLAT.

Native Language Arts

This course has been established following Commissioner’s Regulation Part 154 Guidelines which states, that a bilingual program must be put in place when there are 20 or more students who speak the same language in the same building and grade. As a result, the beginning LEP/ELL students are placed in Native Language Arts to help them acquire or improve their reading and writing skills in Spanish. The skills learned in Spanish will be transferred to English, making it possible for these students to acquire English at a faster pace.

Initial Identification and Placement

Newly registered students whose Home Language Questionnaire (HLQ) indicates that a language other than English is spoken at home, must be tested using the NYSITELL for identification and initial placement after an initial interview in both English and their native language. The test is used only once at the time of registration in any school district in New York State. After this, the ELLs will be tested for English language development using the NYSESLAT.

The different levels of English language development as per the NYSESLAT are:
LEVEL / PERIODS: ENL, NLA, ENGLISH
  • Beginner/Entering: 3 periods ENL (Course #500), 1 period of NLA Beginner (Course# 505B)
  • Low Intermediate/Emerging: 2 periods ENL (Course #501), 1 period of NLA Intermediate (Course# 508)
  • Intermediate/Transitioning: 1 period of ENL
  • Advanced/Expanding: 1 period ENL (Course #502), 1 period of English
  • Proficient: Exit ENL - Students who score Proficient are entitled to ESL accommodations, when taking state exams, for 2 years after they exit the program.

In order to be placed at a level, ELLs must score the same on L&S (Listening and Speaking) and R&W (Reading and Writing). If they score differently, they will be placed at the level where they scored the lowest. The NYSESLAT is the only tool allowed by the Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154 to exit the ENL Program.

When students reach the Advanced level, they will receive additional services in Reading and Writing. Students at the Beginner and Intermediate levels are placed in bilingual and/or ENL content area classes; students at the Advanced level are placed in mainstream content area classes.

ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE

This is a state and federal mandated program that seeks to provide intensive English skills to non-English speaking students using ENL methodologies and techniques. The students in this program are held to the same high standards as their English speaking counterparts, thus, the teachers incorporate all of the language arts modalities of listening, speaking, reading and writing. These classes not only teach English Language Arts, but also teach English through the content area and important aspect of the American culture. The program consists of whole class groupings.

The process of learning a new language is very similar to that of learning a first language. Studies have shown that the process of learning a new language, both for social and academic skills, takes anywhere between 6 to 10 years. Students are required to complete the program within 3 years; an additional extension of services for three extra years can be requested from the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies. Students who do not pass the NYSESLAT after receiving ENL services for 6 years must continue in the program until they score at the Proficiency Level on the NYSESLAT.

Initial Identification and Placement

Newly-registered students whose Home Language Questionnaire (HLQ) indicates that a language other than English is spoken at home, must be tested using the LAB-R for identification and initial placement after an informal oral interview in English and the native language. The test is used only once in the state of New York, at the time of registration in the district. After this, the ELLs will be tested for English language development using the NYSESLAT. In order to be placed at a level, ELLs must score the same on L&S and R&W. If they score differently, they will be placed at the level where they scored the lowest. The NYSESLAT State Test is the only tool used to exit the ENL program.

When ELLs (English Language Learners) reach the advanced level they are placed in mainstream classes for content area subjects and often receive reading services. When they are at the beginning and intermediate levels, they are placed in ENL content area subjects.

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Goris-Moroff Judy Chairperson, WL DL ENL
Araoz Nadine High School
Schmid David High School dschmid
Gonzalez Eileen Finley

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Dual Language Program Students

The Huntington School District’s dual language program has been created and organized following the guidelines established by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies. Classes are comprised of native English speakers and Native Spanish speakers who are identified as English language learners.

The current dual language program in Huntington began at the kindergarten level in 2002 at Southdown Primary School. In 2003, the program expanded to Jefferson Primary School. In 2006, the first cohort moved up to Woodhull Intermediate School. It expanded to all schools on the elementary level in September 2008. Each year a new kindergarten cohort is organized for each one of the four primary schools.

Meetings are scheduled during the year to share pertinent information regarding dual language issues and to allow parents to ask questions and network with each other.

The dual language program annually hosts two major social events, including a winter fiesta in January and end-of-year celebration in June. Parents bring food from their country of origin to share at the winter fiesta. The evening provides families with an opportunity to meet other dual language program families and to spend time with the teachers, too.

The end-of-year party always draws a big crowd to the Huntington High School auditorium. Fifth graders are recognized as the program’s graduating class. Students from every grade level perform in English and Spanish on the stage.

The first dual language cohort graduated from Huntington High School in June 2015.