The ESOL Program at Miami Country Day School is designed to meet the needs of incoming culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Once a student is enrolled in our program, they receive a comprehensive assessment of their English proficiency including: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Based on the results, and the stage of language development of each student, he or she will be placed in one of the four levels of instruction offered in our program: Novice (beginner)
, High Beginner
, or Advanced
. ESOL students take all the regular core classes in the mainstream classroom, surrounded by native English speakers. The ESOL teacher works closely with the students providing additional language support for their core classes as well.Our goal
is to help students acquire or/and advance their English language skills, core academic skills, and to acculturate to the U.S. school system. The instructional method employed in the program uses English as a Second Language (ESL) through various approaches to teaching English to non-native speakers. Emphasis is put on three main aspects of the English as a Second Language acquisition process, such as Grammar-Based ESL (instruction about the English language, including its structure, functions, and vocabulary), Communication-Based ESL (instruction in English that stresses using the language competently in meaningful contexts), and Content-Based ESL (instruction in English, primarily focusing on challenging the students to develop and use language skills utilized in their grade-level academic tasks).
Students in the ESOL program also receive accommodations and modifications in their mainstream courses
, such as extra time to complete assignments and assessments, adaptive teaching methods, adjustments on assignments, and the use of bilingual dictionaries during instruction time and during assessments.
No single approach or program model works best in every situation. Many different approaches can be successful when implemented well. Local conditions, choices, and innovation are critical ingredients of success.
- Genesee (1999)