The English as a New Language (ENL) Department supports former and current English Language Learners (ELLs) at Russell Sage. Through data-driven and rigorous curriculum, the ENL department fosters linguistic development and new language acquisition in all four modalities - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. ELLs who are in the Entering or Emerging level need support in understanding phonics, growing phonemic awareness, decoding multisyllabic words, and improving spelling. The National Geographic Learning Inside Fundamentals program supports building basic language skills, using both social and academic contents.
Former ELLs and the ELLs who are in the Transitioning and higher levels need rigorous academic and linguistic support in their content areas. Academic Vocabulary Toolkit (AVT) by Dr. Kate Kinsella presents 100 high-frequency academic words that are found on standardized exams. AVT implements vocabulary mastery with various explicit examples and context-based activities. Additionally, Voices in Literature focuses on thematic literature readings in various genres such as poetry, fiction, and drama, while promoting critical thinking and comparative reading/ writing skills through engaging and culturally diverse topics for teens.