DEVELOPING ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TOGETHER
WELCOME TO TESOL AT GRACE
The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Grace International School provides Academic English language support services to students whose first language is a language other than English, and who have been classified as English Language Learners (ELL). TESOL support is provided mainly through collaboration with content teachers and in the ESOL classroom. The goal of our program is to help ELL students develop a level of Academic English proficiency that allows them to function independently at their grade level.
An English Proficiency Exam is required for all non-native English speaking students. Students will be assessed in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. A minimum score is required for students to be considered for admission. For students requiring English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support, assessments for incoming and returning students will be used to determine appropriate levels of support.
Depending on available personnel, the TESOL program services may include:
TESOL Guided Study Hall
This course is designed to develop students’ English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Through various units of study, students will expand their English vocabulary and usage, become familiar with social idiomatic expressions, and master necessary grammar topics for their grade level of English development. Grammar topics will include upper-intermediate levels of count and non-count noun forms, complex quantifiers, conditional forms, phrasal verbs, and present tenses. In class, students will be given time to directly apply new information to their current content area studies. In addition, there will be time provided for students to work on homework and receive support as needed.
This monitoring is for students who exit the TESOL Guided Study Hall after annual testing. During the 1 year of Monitoring students receive support in the classroom and with their class work as needed. The level of support depends on the needs of the student.
The TESOL program has a dedicated TESOL teacher in the Elementary School, Middle School, and the High School. The approach to provide the best support varies according to the needs of the students and the students’ grade level.