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ESL Transition Programs at Boarding School

It's tough to jump into an English-speaking high school or college without a strong command of the English language. In order to succeed, English as a Second Language (ESL) students must go beyond conversational proficiency and develop functional fluency, using English as their primary academic language for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. ESL boarding schools can make that happen.

Curriculum in ESL Transition Programs
ESL transition programs at boarding school offer dedicated English language classes as well as content-based instruction so that students benefit from immediate exposure to academic English. ESL boarding schools also prepare students to take and achieve maximum scores on English language proficiency exams like the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Some ESL programs, such as summer ESL transition programs, are set apart from traditional boarding school programs, enabling students to increase their proficiency in English and get better acquainted with American culture before jumping into English-only instruction. Students learn about American history and culture experientially through field trips to historical sites and research centers as well as popular hangouts and hotspots.

ESL boarding schools may offer ESL transition programs at varying levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), with placement determined by entrance examinations and personal interviews. Differentiated instruction and achievement paths are available at each level, reinforcing students' skills within their current level and advancing them to the next. At the advanced level, English courses may be taught like traditional English courses that focus on reading literature and writing essays. Once ESL students reach a specified level of excellence, they may join classes with native speakers, which accelerates language acquisition.

Technology in ESL Programs
In today's ESL transition programs, instructors utilize advanced and interactive technology to enhance the learning experience. With handheld devices, students record their responses to questions, enabling instructors to evaluate conversational skills and pronunciation. Special language lab software helps ESL students practice and evaluate their English pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, stress, and structure.

Video streaming is also utilized in the ESL classroom to introduce and reinforce material visually. And when student presentations are recorded on video, students can observe and evaluate their own verbal skills.

Support at ESL Boarding Schools
Instructors at ESL boarding schools have education degrees as well as specialized credentials to teach English as a second language. ESL classes are typically small so that instructors can provide individual attention to each student.

A strong guidance system is built into ESL transition programs; ESL students meet with advisors one-on-one to discuss academic and personal needs and goals. And individual tutoring is available for both ESL and non-ESL classes.

The Culture of ESL Boarding Schools
The best ESL boarding schools cater to students from many different cultures in a community of safety and respect. Multicultural events are planned to celebrate students' heritage; ESL students also participate in activities that encourage integration with native English-speaking students.

Many ESL transition programs pair ESL students with native English speakers for conversation practice as well as social activities. This consistent practice allows ESL students to gain confidence in speaking and interacting in the English language.

ESL transition programs assist students in the development of essential reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, providing a bridge between academic instruction in students' native language and instruction in English. When students graduate from ESL boarding schools, they are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in English-only environments.