The ELL Program at New Trier
Students in the New Trier English Language Learner (ELL) Program come to the United States for a variety of reasons. Some are here temporarily due to a parent's employment, but many come to learn English and receive an American education. As our students improve their English language skills at New Trier, they often want to continue their post-high school education in this country. They are greatly inspired by the lessons that they learn and the bonds they make with the teachers and support staff. Their success comes not only from their hard work, but from the mentorship and support that the NT community provides.
World Teachers Day
Every year, the students in the ELL Program host a 'food day,' which we hold on or near World Teacher's Day (October 5th). This annual celebration started as a way to thank the faculty and staff who help ELL students as they adjust to learning English and American culture. It is known as the 'food day' because each student chooses a dish from home that they would like to share with the adults at New Trier. During lunch periods, administrators, faculty, and staff are invited to sample a bite of each food and chat with the students.
While some of our students are nervous about speaking in English with teachers, the connections they make are exciting and long-lasting. Teachers and support staff share stories of their travels to other countries, converse in a shared language or just talk about some new and delicious food. Often this day promotes deeper conversations about different cultures and student interests, sometimes encouraging students to join a new sport or club. For these reasons, this World Teachers Day Open House is one of the highlights of the school year, helping our students connect to the larger New Trier community and helping our staff see what a rich and diverse student body we have.
ELL Scholarship Fund DONATE HERE
Out of the spirit of this wonderful day, the ELL scholarship fund has been created to support current and former ELL students with the next phase of their American education. This is one small way to recognize students who work hard at learning a new language and culture, while keeping up with the rigor of their courses. We are seeking donations to this fund from staff and community members who share our commitment to supporting these students. Our goal is to award several small scholarships to ELL students who have financial need. We thank you in advance for your support of these students.