Bilingual glossaries are an essential and expected test accommodation for English Learners in the State of New York. This website presents glossaries for at least the top 10 state languages at the state level, but it is updated with new languages with requests from schools and updates in state data.

These glossaries may also be used by teachers, test translators and interpreters, as well as school-based instructional materials developers. Most importantly, schools are advised to make these glossaries available for their ELs as soon as they enter school; parents should also be given access to glossaries as an important school-parent relation on behalf of students.

English language learners should take advantage of these documents as supplements to their texts as reference materials. New clean copies must be provided to students during all content tests, specially when taking their state examinations.

Teachers are encouraged to use the glossaries as reference in preparing lessons. They should be of special value in classrooms where the teachers do not speak the targeted languages. It is important to point out that the translators of the state examinations should also use the glossaries when available to prepare the translations of the subject area tests.

The link directing you to the  NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages follows, but at this time, the website at NYU METRO CENTER houses all the available glossaries for ELLs until the State Website is updated:

Following are several resources and available glossaries. Visit this site often; new glossaries are being posted on an ongoing basis.

English-Spanish Resource guide for translation of educational language, useful for parents and school staff:
Key Terms Used to Describe Practices Related to the Education of ELLs in New York State - English-Spanish

ELA Glossaries - Grades 3 - 8
Arabic | Bengali | Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)French  | Hindi | Italian | JapaneseKaren | KhmerKorean | MarshalleseNepaliPunjabi | Russian | SomaliSpanish | SwahiliUkrainian | Uzbek | UrduVietnamese

Glossaries of Cognates
English - French | English - Spanish

False Cognates
False Cognates - Spanish - English / Falsos Cognados - Español - Inglés

Literary Terms & Devices for Language Arts
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Haitian, HindiItalian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

Math Glossaries

Science Glossaries

  • High School General Science - Burmese

Social Studies Glossaries

Supplementary Glossaries