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World Languages and ENL

 Department of World Languages and ENL
Ms. Jennifer Nesfield
District Chairperson

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I live in a small house, but my window looks out on a large world. ~ Confucius

Welcome to the Department of World Languages and ENL

   

The Northport-East Northport Department of World Languages and ENL recognizes that we have a responsibility to help prepare our students for the 21st century and encourage global citizenship. Knowledge of multiple languages will not only vastly increase students' ability to communicate with people around the world, but it will also help them to bridge cultural barriers, and open up a world of social and economic opportunities. The cultural aspects introduced in our classes not only encourage students to broaden their horizons, but also to deepen their understandings and appreciation of other people and places. The intertwined instruction of language skills and world cultures helps to introduce our students to an ever changing global community.

The Department of World Languages and ENL provides our students with an articulated and sequenced program that is designed to develop increasing levels of proficiency at each level of instruction. Each year we review and refine curriculum at all levels based on the National Language Standards as well as the New York State Standards. We pay particular attention to the Common Core Learning Standards in order to help our students be college and career ready.

Northport-East Northport students begin language instruction in the seventh grade. The Department of World Languages currently offers comprehensive six-year programs in French, Italian, and Spanish. Students take the FLACS Checkpoint A regional assessment at the end of eighth grade to determine their Checkpoint A proficiency and the FLACS Checkpoint B regional assessment to determine their Checkpoint B proficiency when they complete the third level of the language.

It is important for students to continue their study of a world language throughout high school. Upper level language study will not only help them reach a higher level of proficiency, but will also allow them to study the cultures of a variety of countries and enhance their high school transcript. Checkpoint C level courses at Northport High School include International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Language and Culture courses in French, Spanish, and Italian. 

In addition to these upper level courses, the department also offers elective courses beginning in the tenth grade. These elective courses include ASL, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Elective courses run based on student interest and teacher availability. They are not guaranteed to run in any given year. 

Please note that New York State graduation requirements have not changed. All students are required to successfully complete one unit of a language and pass a checkpoint A assessment in order to graduate with a Regents diploma. If they wish to receive a Regents diploma with advanced designation, they must successfully complete two additional units of language instruction and pass a checkpoint B assessment.

Students in the Northport - East Northport School District take the FLACS Regional Assessments. The FLACS Regional Assessments allow our students to continue to earn the NYS required credits in a second language needed in order to graduate with a Regents diploma.

 

 

About Ms. Nesfield

 

Ms. Jennifer Nesfield is the Northport-East Northport District Chairperson for World Languages and ENL. Ms. Nesfield began her career as a secondary level French teacher in Nassau County. Prior to coming to Northport in July 2008, she served as the lead LOTE Chairperson in the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD.  Ms. Nesfield is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Foreign Language Association of Chairpeople and Supervisors, the Long Island Language Teachers, the New York State Association of Teachers of Foreign Language Teachers, ASCD, and the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages.

 

 

Contact Information

Ms. Nesfield may be contacted by mail at the following address:

Ms. Jennifer Nesfield
District Chairperson for World Languages and ESL
Northport-East Northport UFSD
PO Box 210
Northport, NY 11768

Ms. Nesfield may be contacted by telephone at the following number: 
 631-262-6684

Ms. Nesfield may be contacted by e-mail at the following address:
jennifer.nesfield@northport.k12.ny.us