English as a New Language (ENL) Program

The ENL Program at BOCES 2

ENL teacher with student
Instruction in Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES ENL program, formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL), emphasizes English language acquisition. In our 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. 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.

Who Provides the Service?

ENL teacher with Transition student
ENL is provided by teachers who hold the NYS TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-12 certification.

Who Gets the Service?

ENL teacher supporting student at WEMOCO
When a student enrolls in a school district, part of the enrollment process is a Home Language Questionnaire. If a language other than English is indicated on the questionnaire, an ENL teacher will interview that student and review their records. Then they will administer the NYS Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL). The score on the NYSITELL will determine whether or not the student is eligible for ENL services.

ENL for Adults

In addition to our K-12 ENL classes, BOCES 2 also offers ENL classes for adults through our Center for Workforce Development. These are FREE programs designed for individuals 18 and older, who were born outside of the United States and need instruction in the English language. For further information, refer to our English Language Learning web page.

For More Information

Rachael Rathke
Department Chair
[email protected] 

More Resources for ELLS: Mid-West RBERN

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES is home to the NYS Education Department's Mid-West Regional Bilingual Resource Network (RBERN), which is an amazing source for related materials. RBERN's goal is to assist districts and schools in creating an educational environment for English Language Learners (ELLs) that engages everyone in meaningful teaching and learning. Below are a few of the many supports available through RBERN.
Group at RBERN training