At P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn kids, parents and teachers praise the school’s dual language curriculum. But many students under-perform on standardized tests, and the school got less-than-stellar grades in its report card.
45 percent of the students at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn are designated English Language Learners. The school has won the trust of immigrant families by immersing the students in both English and Spanish, but its D.O.E report card was mixed.
Through Story Studio, an innovative ESL program operating in five public middle schools in NYC, immigrant children learn English through telling personal stories they have developed, written and illustrated themselves.
Restaurant workers are the main audience for English classes offered by The New School’s Food Studies department in collaboration with the university’s Master’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Artist Hector Canonge is leading an innovative ESL program in northern Manhattan–transforming a laundromat into a classroom for new immigrants.
“If you don’t speak English, you’re missing out at work, at home,” Luciene Campos said in Portuguese. “When you do, you’re more respected.” She was one of some 600 immigrants, many of them Brazilian, who recently jammed the auditorium of…