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English as a Second Language (ESL)


The goals of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program in the Marlboro Township School District are to enable the English Language Learner (ELL) student to acquire English language skills and to become mainstreamed into the academic and social context of his/her school environment.  Specifically, the goals of the program are to:

  1. Provide developmental English language instruction, including both academic and social language skills, in order to mainstream students as quickly as possible into courses where they will achieve success and sustain positive self-esteem.
  2. Provide a program that fulfills each individual’s needs and abilities. Emphasis will be given to the whole student (cognitive, social, emotional, and physical), which dictates flexibility in the program.  The program takes into consideration: previous school experience, age, literacy level, culture, native language, interests, and self-concept.
  3. Develop lessons that appeal to both the cognitive and affective domains. Study skills are taught for each level and both students and teachers are made responsible for learning.
  4. Include the parents and community so both student and family feel a strong sense of belonging and involvement. Parents are informed of students’ progress through conferences, phone calls, progress reports, and report cards.  
  5. Address the individuality of the learner and care for each student as a whole person. This program will use an eclectic approach using humanistic as well as academic means.
  6. Provide academic content support based on World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and the New Jersey English Language Proficiency Standards.


Identification of ELLs (English Language Learners)

During the registration process, if a language other than English is spoken at home, an English as a Second Language Teacher will screen your child. The teacher will use the W-APT Screening Process The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)™ WIDA model test to see if he/she is eligible to receive services. After completion of the Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing, the Test Administrator (ESL Teacher) will use the instructions on the scoring sheet to calculate the student’s overall Proficiency Level. If the student is eligible for services, the parents will be notified about their child’s eligibility and the services that will be provided. If parents consent to placement in the program, the child is placed in the appropriate grade and school.

All students who are eligible to receive services will be notified no later than 30 (thirty) days of being screened. Parents will be notified of the score, method of instruction, E.S.L. teacher and placement location.


The ESL curriculum for Grades K-8 has been aligned to the ESL standards for K-8 students, developed by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and which have been adopted into code by the New Jersey State Department of Education. The framework of the Marlboro Township Public School’s ESL curriculum guide is based directly on the WIDA standards.

The ESL Program in Marlboro Township School District is a combination push-in/pullout program for grades K-5. Each student at the K-5 level receives a minimum of thirty minutes of instruction per day. Each student at the 6-8 grade level receives a minimum of one period (42 minutes) per day.  Class sizes are small and instruction is individualized.

All students that are new to the country with no English language skills will receive a high-intensity program whereas students receive two or more periods per day of ESL instruction. One is standard ESL and the other period is tutorial or ESL reading class (may include push-in).

The ESL Program follows the mandates as put forth by the N.J. Department of Education, for more information, please click here:



All English Language Learners are tested once each year using the ACCESS for ELLs test to measure English Language Proficiency as well as to determine placement for the following year. All students also participate in the state assessment process with recommended accommodations. As soon as students meet the multiple exit criteria they will be placed in the general education program. It is expected that all students will advance each year and that all students will exit within three full years of participation in the program. Please note, per federal program requirements, any student that is found eligible to receive ESL services will participate in the ACCESS for ELLs test even if services have been refused.

For more information about the ACCESS for ELLs test, please click here


All ELLs in grades 3-8 will participate in the NJSLA test and will be given extended time on every subject to complete the test. Students are given time and a half to complete the test. For example, if the test is normally given in one hour, ELLs will be given one hour and thirty minutes. ELLs will take the NJSLA test in small groups. Some students will also be entitled to and will be given a word-for-word dictionary in their native language.

NJSLA ELA Special Exemption

For grades 3 through 8 newly arrived students attending U.S. schools on or after June 1 of the prior school year, are not required to participate in the English Language Arts Literacy (ELA/L) portion of the assessment. However, they must take the mathematics portion of the assessment.  Newly arrived ELL high school students must participate in the NJSLA ELA/L assessments with the appropriate ELL test accommodations only if they need to take the assessment to meet graduation requirements.

For more information:

Please refer to District Policy 2423- BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION for additional information.

New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Bilingual/ESL Education


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