The ESL program at
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart provides a foundation for English
Language Learners to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing
skills. It provides a supportive environment that focuses on students’
individual language needs and enables them to develop the cultural
understanding and performance skills necessary to be successful in both
academic and social situations. Students are given a placement test when they
arrive on campus to determine what level of ESL they require: ESL I, ESL II, or
Advanced ESL. ESL I meets twice day. One class stresses grammatical accuracy
and fluency in English while the second class is ESL Literature and
Composition, where students will study a variety of literary genres and read
works from a wide array of cultures at appropriate reading levels.
ESL II teaches advanced grammar concepts in conjunction with reading and
writing projects. Reading comprehension strategies, analysis and interpretative
skills are taught. Writing is taught as
a “process,” that includes formulating ideas and topic sentences, outlining and
summarizing, revising, and editing.
Students are required to take the TOEFL test yearly, and they must remain in
ESL classes until they score 80 on the test, a common minimum score required by
selective U. S. colleges and
universities for admission. If students need a third year of ESL, they will
take Advanced ESL, which focuses on specific skills for taking the TOEFL test.