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English As a New Language

John F. Kennedy Middle School
John F. Kennedy High School

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About ENL at JFK

ENL students at JFK Middle and High School have diverse cultural and language backgrounds. The languages spoken by our students include Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Gujerati, and Hindi. English As A New Language is a program of instruction that helps our students become proficient in English speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  There are 4 levels of English language proficiency in the ENL program: Entering (beginning), Emerging (low intermediate), Transitioning (intermediate), Expanding (advanced), and Commanding. Students receive support based on their current level of English.

The goal of the ENL program is to provide support for students learning English so that they can achieve academic success in English Language Arts classes, as well as other content area classes.

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New York State Identification Test For English Language Learners

When first enrolling in a school in New York state, if a student is an English language learner, they take the NYSITELL to determine their current level of English and what ENL support they may need. 

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New York State English As a Second Language Achievement Test

The NYSESLAT is the test that all ENL students take at the end of the year in April and May.  This test measures students' speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities in the English language.  The results of this test determine how many minutes of ENL support students receive for the next academic year.  Students at the entering and emerging levels receive at least 36 minutes of standalone ENL and 36 minutes of integrated ENL.  Students at the transitioning and expanding levels receive 36 minutes of integrated ENL, and commanding level students receive support

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Visitors are always welcome to our school. If there’s anything you’d like to know about our programs and curriculum, please get in touch.

Ms. Mary Leising

ENL Teacher

John F. Kennedy Middle School

John F. Kennedy High School

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