English as a New Language (ENL)

English as a New Language ( ENL)

The Wantagh ENL Department works in concert with the classroom and content area teachers to immerse our students in the English language. We believe that through continued dialogue and a shared understanding of curriculum at all levels with classroom teachers, guidance counselors and administrators, students in our ENL Program will be provided with differentiated activities and assessments to help improve and develop English language skills including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. ENL instruction will include the integration of the latest technological tools to further enrich skill development in both English and the academic content areas. Students in Wantagh receive co-taught ELA instruction as well as stand-alone instruction based on the student's language level and academic needs. Our students' progress is monitored regularly and parent contact is encouraged.

Important terms to assist you in understanding our program:

  • ELL: English Language Learner
  • ENL: English as a Second Language (We immerse our students in the English language. We do not offer a Bilingual Program to our students)
  • LEP: Limited English Proficiency
  • ESOL: English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • NYSITELL- placement exam for all new entrants
  • NYSESLAT: New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
  • L1: First or Home Language
  • HLQ: Home Language Questionnaire

What is my student's levels of proficiency?

Entering = Beginning
Emerging- Low intermediate
Transitioning- Intermediate
Expanding- Advanced
Commanding- Proficient

We welcome each of our students and their families to our Wantagh community!


Julie Rosslee
Secondary Director of Humanities
Wantagh Union Free School District