The English as a New Language Program

  • The English as a New Language (ENL) Program at R. J. Bailey School offers the English Language Learner (ELL) the opportunity to acquire second language proficiency and to become educated bilingual/bicultural adults.

    The program is a stand-alone and Integrated, (push-in/pull-out), high-quality instructional model. It includes differentiated staffing, home base teachers, and subject area teachers. ELLs are identified and placed according to their proficiency levels as determined by the NYSITELL and/or NYSESLAT administered by trained ENL professionals. ENL instruction is rigorous and includes the development of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Instruction is in English. However, teachers encourage and use the native language to support English language acquisition whenever possible. The use of technology is incorporated into ENL and content-area instruction. All identified ELLs receive the required number of ENL units. Entering (Beginning), and Emerging (Low Intermediate) receive at least 360 minutes /week. Transitioning (Intermediate) and Expanding (Advanced) levels receive at least 180 minutes/week. The curriculum is based on the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards and the New Language Arts Progressions, (formerly known as English as a Second Language Standards).  

    Each spring, English Language Learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 take part in the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) as required by the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Once a student scores Commanding (Proficient) English Language Proficiency Level, he/she is designated as a Former ELL. The student is entitled to receive two years of continued ELL services (90 minutes/week), as well as accommodations for all New York State assessments.

    Goals for the ENL Program are to facilitate the development of proficiency in the English language. Students in the program are taught basic communication skills in addition to developing reading comprehension, composition writing, the pronunciation of words, and building vocabulary. Heavy emphasis is placed on reading comprehension skills, introduction to literature, development of concepts and critical thinking skills, vocabulary acquisition and the strengthening of writing skills.


    Mrs. Florence Camacho

    ENL Teacher