The ESOL Program at Miami Country Day School is designed to meet the needs of incoming culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Once the student is enrolled in our program, each student will 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, Intermediate, and 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 through various approaches to teaching English to non-native speakers.
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.