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.