World Languages & ENL Department
The world is becoming smaller as a result of how fast information travels, and communication among people is constantly increasing in importance. The more languages a person can communicate in, the more successful he or she will be because languages open doors. The knowledge of other languages also has many rewards and offers many opportunities in the fields of international business, law, medicine, politics, and travel. The study of languages also leads to a better comprehension of the English language and grammar, and to an increased understanding of other people and cultures.
In Glen Cove, students begin the study of a language other than English in grade 7. Sixth graders receive a Language Selection Form during the second half of the year in which they indicate their first and second preference for the language to be studied the following year. Currently, we offer Spanish and Italian to students entering the study of another language.
English as a New Language (ENL)
In Glen Cove, there are more than 500 English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12. They were either born in the United States or in another country. The countries represented by our ELLs are: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Domincan Republic, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China. The languages are: Spanish, Haitian, Russian, Arabic, Urdu and Chinese.
Our ELLs learn a number of important things both in the ENL and content area classes. They learn Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) which allow them to communicate and carry out conversations with other English-speaking people as well as fulfill basic tasks. They also learn Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) which allows them to function in English in an academic setting.
Here in Glen Cove, we embrace our ELL population because we value diversity and because we know that it takes a great deal of courage, effort and hard work to migrate to a different country-especially if another language is spoken-do well in school, make new friends and start anew.
A transitional bilingual program is offered at the K-2 level.