The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program assists students in learning English as a second language. Formerly the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, the goals of the program are still the same to teach students English and assist in the adjustment of living in the United States.
English is more than just a language. It involves pronunciation, vocabulary in context, understanding, speaking, listening, reading, and writing the English language. The program not only utilizes small classroom sizes to allow for individual attention, but emphasizes and utilizes real world learning opportunities. Classroom instruction utilizes individual instruction, the latest in learning methods, and encourages student use of the English language such as listening to English speaking radio, watching English speaking television programs, reading English newspapers, writing notes and papers in the English language. Even though the full learning and comprehension of the English language takes approximately 7 years, the goal of the ESOL program is to provide the student with the most learning opportunities in the least amount of time.
Features of the ESOL Program:
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
To aid the student in the program, ESOL is taught in four different sessions: Basic English, Intermediate English, Advanced English (Transitional English), and Evening Classes.
The Basic English sessions involve the introduction to the English alphabet, basic survival words, basic reading through easy stories, basic listening through class time reading, and writing skills from spelling on to basic sentences. These skills are taught in the context of everyday subjects in units. Some of these basic units involve Personal Identification, Family Members, School, Food, Body Parts, Clothing, Health, Transportation, Money exchange, Animals, and Household Items. The Curriculum includes the latest books which demonstrate up-do-date vocabulary, photos, and concepts. Pertinent local and national news and health items are interjected into the classes so that students are aware of their surroundings. Ex: Tornado Safety, West Nile Virus, Weather Conditions, Medical Information, etc. Students must be made aware of dangers in the weather and their environment to be safe in their new environment.
The Intermediate English sessions focus more on speaking and reading of true life stories. Paragraph writing takes the place of sentence writing. The program also offers assessment tests after each reading session to help evaluate the student’s comprehension of the material. Vocabulary is strengthened with each new story and is introduced into the writing. This class becomes a whole language session introducing grammar to improve the writing skills.
Advanced English (Transitional Session)
The Advanced (transitional) class helps to prepare students for college and provides pre-college grammar review, writing practice, reading opportunities, and translation practice.
Evening classes are available for those who work during the day. These include multilevel classes and are usually taught with the help of an aide.