English Language Learners (ELL) / Multi-Language Learners (MLL)
At PS 62 we have approximately 172 students across grades K-5 who receive ENL (English as a New Language) Services. We have an exceptional team of two teachers who provide this instruction in two settings – Stand-alone (pulling out to work in small groups) and Integrated (team teaching with the classroom teacher). The ENL team work very closely with the classroom teachers to incorporate the curriculum and the Units of Study to better support all ELLs. This year at P.S. 62 we have also decided to pilot two integrated ENL classrooms. There is a first grade standalone ENL classroom with Mrs. Giler and a second grade standalone ENL classroom with Mrs. Sibley. These two classrooms are made up of ELLs and are run by certified ENL teachers with Ms. Delghavi and Mr. Viegas pushing in at various times during the school day.
The ENL team uses many different forms of technology to engage and help students grow cognitively. Teachers use iPads to engage students in coding activities such as: Kodable, Foos, Dash and Dot etc. Each teacher has a Maker Space to help ELLs with skills such as; sequencing, problem solving, directional concepts and counting. Interactive lessons using Promethean and Smart Exchange are used to support visual and kinesthetic learners. The ENL team also uses a program called Mobymax. Mobymax enables students to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers by bridging learning from school to home.
Meet the ENL Team
Merwyn Viegas works with our kindergarten and 1st grade students. He speaks several languages including Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi and is dual certified in general and special education as well as TESOL. Merwyn uses a variety of strategies including a multi-sensory phonics program and lots of technology tools to meet the needs of his learners. He meets regularly with parents and provides workshops so that they are well informed about their children's learning. Merwyn also works closely with the Parent Coordinator to conduct English Classes for parents.
Dalia Delghavi is an ENL teacher and works with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. She speaks three languages including Spanish and Persian and has been teaching for 15 years. She is certified in both Common Branches and TESOL. Ms. Delghavi uses a variety of strategies to teach all the levels of ELLs she works with. She uses games, apps, and other technological tools to make learning English engaging and fun. Ms. Delghavi also teaches language concepts such as grammar, vocabulary and word building skills. She meets regularly with parents and provides workshops that inform parents about their children’s progress and learning. Ms. Delghavi also provides translation services whenever the need arises.