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Department Philosophy

The Herricks Union Free School District continues to welcome students, and their families, who are English Language Learners (ELLs) and the richness that they bring to our school community. As we immerse our students in the English language, we assist them in developing a deeper understanding of their own cultures, as well as the diverse cultures in the United States and in the world.  ELLs are capable of reaching the highest standards, but they need time and support to acquire the English language. Parental involvement is sought and nurtured to ensure the success of our students. We encourage parents to speak to their children in their home language; a child who is literate in his/her first language acquires the second language, in this case English, with fewer difficulties. A rich and stimulating linguistic environment at home, in any language, will ensure the academic and emotional success of our children.

ENL Overview