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P.S. 120Q has a rich and diverse student population. The school is home to children that speak an abundance of various languages from all over the globe. The staff at P.S. 120Q is dedicated & determined to teach these children skills needed for both academic performance and everyday living.

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The ENL (English as a New Language) program functions in grades K-5, following the New York State Next Generation Standards.

Instruction in this program, formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL), emphasizes English language acquisition. In an ENL program, language arts and content-area instruction are taught in English using specific ENL instructional strategies. Some content area classes are Integrated ENL classes.  Students receive core content area and English language development instruction, including the use of the home/primary language as support and appropriate ELL instructional supports to enrich comprehension. Integrated ENL classes are taught by a teacher dually certified in the content area and ENL or are co-taught by a certified content area teacher and a certified ENL teacher.

In a Stand-alone ENL class, students receive English language development instruction taught by a NYS-certified teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in order to acquire the English language needed for success in core content areas. This program typically serves ELL students from many different home/primary language backgrounds whose only common language is English and therefore cannot participate in a bilingual program.

The ENL program provides the English Language Learner (ELL) the opportunity to grasp the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the English language through the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

The goal of the ENL program is to help students develop language skills necessary to be successful students and members of society.  This can be done most effectively by meeting the following objectives:

  1. to nurture self-pride and self-identity in each student’s linguistic and cultural heritage.

  2. to develop proficiency in the English language.

  3. to reach a level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

  4. to reach a level of proficiency in all content areas.


The ENL Team

  • Ms. Born

  • Mr. Gabrini

  • Miss Marcinkowski

  • Mrs. Siegel Ms. Truong

ENL Resources for Parents

ELL Ideas for Families

Education: The Role of Parents

Learn English at the Queens Library