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Multilingual Learners Program

The Hawthorne Public Schools' English as a Second Language (ESL) program currently aligns with the WIDA standards for K-12 students and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). Our district's schools are dedicated to ensuring that all Multilingual Learners (MLs) attain the English language proficiency necessary for academic success, as well as personal, social growth, and acculturation.
The ESL program is thoughtfully designed to impart social and academic language skills to MLs, along with the cultural nuances of the English language essential for thriving in academic and societal settings. It offers new MLs the opportunity to fully utilize their language abilities as they develop and expand their proficiency in English. The program encompasses instruction in the language arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, tailored to students' varying levels of English proficiency. Classes are conducted exclusively in English; instruction does not occur in any of the students' native languages.
Within our district, the ESL program employs two primary models: pull-out (grades K-5) and scheduled class periods (grades 6-12). These models enable students to acquire English while simultaneously integrating into the broader school and community environment. Consequently, the ESL program has both specific and broad goals. Participation not only assists students in cultural adjustment but also fosters the development of English language acquisition skills

ML Parent Advisory Committee
If you are the parent or legal guardian of a Multilingual Learner (ML), you are invited to participate in the ML Parent Advisory Committee.

Please email Dr. Kristen Trabona: to join this committee.

What is the ML Parent Advisory Committee?
The ML Parent Advisory Committee is required for public school districts that have ML programs. The committee consists of ML program parents, ESL teachers, counselors, and other school personnel. The ML PAC Advisory Committee will review the district’s ML plan, discuss training opportunities for parents, and provide time to discuss the needs of the ML community. Other topics will be explored as determined by the committee. 

6A:15-1.7 Supportive services statement
(a) Students enrolled in bilingual, ESL, and English language services programs shall have full access to educational services available to other students in the school district. 

(b) To the extent that is administratively feasible, supportive services to ELL/MLs, such as counseling, tutoring, and career guidance, should be provided by bilingual personnel who are familiar with and knowledgeable of the unique needs and background of the ELL/MLs and their parents.

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