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Mr. Burr, Principal
217 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4270
Fax: 609.806.4271
Guidance: 609.806.4272


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Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my page.Welcome to the JWMS ESL webpage!
As we near the end of the school year I wanted to let you all know how much I enjoyed you as students this year! It's been a great year filled with lots of learning and growth.
You will be taking the ACCESS test next week so I wanted to wish you all good luck. The test will assess how well you have been listening, speaking, reading, and writing all year so there is nothing you can really study. Just relax, sleep well the night before each test, and eat healthy foods and you will all do very well!funky me.mp3

JOHN WITHERSPOON MIDDLE SCHOOL

English as a Second Language - Grades 6,7, 8
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Andrea Brachfeld, ESL Teacher     
Telephone: 609-806-4222 Ext. 3 (8:35 am – 2:55 pm)        VoiceMail #: Ext. 5805
Room Number: G-102
 
 
ESL classes are organized by grade level and meet daily for a double period. The teacher differentiates instruction to meet the needs of each student in this High Intensity model of ESL instruction. In accordance with the WIDA standards for English Language Learners students  also learn content vocabulary from their house classes. Each year students take the ACCESS, a state mandated test, to assess their progress in learning social and academic English.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS
Learning a new language can be a difficult experience at this age. Research shows that the more schooled a student is in his or her native language, the easier it is to learn a second language. Once the student has learned a second language it is easier to learn a third. Some things parents can do to help their children might be to have them listen to picture books on tape or CDs that have a high level of language. In this way the children are listening to the language and seeing the print in a non-academic setting. Watching movies and television programs that use proper English can also be helpful for students to acquire English in a more relaxed way.
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Teacher Background:  (Education:college, degrees, work experiences, interests)
 
BM Manhattan Schoolof Music, Masters in Education – Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Certification in:Elementary Ed., Nursery School, Music, Bilingual, ESL and Supervisors
Attended Kean University and Graduate School at Rutgers for certifications
 
Course Description:(Topics you will teach, field trips, labs, other experiences)
 
ESL 6, 7, 8 – double periods for each grade: levels within each grade
 
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing through dictation, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, oral reading
 
Grading Criteria:
 
Oral responses and discussions, teacher observations, daily participation, written tests and quizzes, dictation and notebook checks.
 

Materials for Class Preparation:
 
ESL 1: 
Shining Star
Text & Workbook
Intro Book
 
ESL 2: 
Shining Star
Text & Workbook
Book B
 
ESL 3:
Shining Star
Text & Workbook
Book C
 
 
 
The level one students are in the process of listening to English and are experiencing the silent period where they may or may not try to speak in English.  If they are well schooled in their native language, the process of transferring their skills to use in the newly acquired language will be quick depending on each student’s personality and level of comfort in their new environment.
 
The level two students are still experiencing the silent period but are able to understand a great deal more than the level one students and they are able to speak more but with some difficulty in expressing their thoughts well due to a lack of vocabulary and a lack of knowledge of correct grammatical structures.
 
The level three students have a great deal more experience with the English language.  This level student can participate in class and will understand the majority of the material presented.  They will, at times, speak incorrectly but will more often than not be able to retrieve enough vocabulary to be able to communicate.
 
The process of acquiring a language where the amount of vocabulary and grammatical structures, as well as correct usage and correct pronunciation in order to communicate successfully in all processes including speaking, reading and writing, takes five to seven years.  Unfortunately there are many students who are exited much too early who have mastered basic communication skills buth ave a great deal more to learn in the cognitive arena.  These students will benefit from clear directions and modeling as some suggested techniques that a teacher may use for direct teaching strategies in the classroom.
 
Grading Policies:
 
All ESL students in the mainstream classes should be graded using a pass/fail system.  This does not mean that the students should not even try to do the work.  Our philosophy is that all students should try but the ESL 1 students will have difficulty doing the work.  The ESL 2 students will not have as much trouble as ESL 1 but their work will still need to be modified.  ESL 3 students should be able to do most of the work but will have some difficulty.
 
If you would like to learn about teaching strategies which work for all students, but target the ESL/Special Ed. Population in the mainstream classroom, please feel free to stop by my room.  I have some interesting books, strategies, and ideas to help the students and you, the teacher.
 

Additional Materials:
The Reading Teacher’s Book of List 6
Vocabulary Mastery 6
All Write
Write Source
Tests and Drills in English Grammar
Dictionaries
Graded Exercise in English
Basic English Grammar


Useful Links to Learning English
Each one of these sites are useful for the ESL student who is looking for extra activities to help themselves learn English.  Games, worksheets, stories and other information can be found at each site.

***HOME PAGE: ABC FAST PHONICS (make sure your computer's sound is on)
There are many good exercises here--try clicking around:

Here are some pages you will find at ABC Fast Phonics:

Practice Upper Case letter names here:
*notice that you can click “shuffle” at the bottom of the page to practice more letters

Practice lower case letter names here:
*again you can click “shuffle” at the bottom of the page to practice different letters

Vowel sounds (click below… after you hear the examples for A, click on the picture of a pointing hand and you will go on to E, I , O and U.)

long and short A

continue to hear E, I, O and U.

Y
Middle Y

Ending Y

Practice Common Words

Practice the Consonants



ESL State Standards
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Tongue Twisters in all languages: http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister