Choosing a secondary school and an ESL program may be one of the most important decisions you make in your lifetime. These steps below should be helpful.
1. How do you know if you need ESL?
Most applicants to U.S. universities have had exposure to the English language. However, your basic comprehension and grammar may not be sufficient to apply to a U.S. university or college. Ask yourself if:
2. How should you evaluate an ESL program?
3. What should you look for when choosing a boarding school that offers ESL?
The Bolles School
Before they begin classes at The Bolles School in Florida, new international students whose native language is not English are encouraged to enroll in the school’s four-week Summer ESL Program. They acquire additional proficiency in English and to become acquainted with the American way of life, and also get to know the faculty, students and the school activities. Because Bolles is located near a river, students enjoy swimming and boating in their free time.
In a study skills class, ESL students create personal lists of their own common errors in grammar for reference and correction in future essays. The class uses model essays for study and discussion, and students practice writing longer pieces.