ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL – A, B, and C CLASSES (ages 6-16)
Summer classes consist of 2.5 hours of daily academic English instruction, 1.5 hours of activity classes where English is integrated into the classes (Art, Computers, Video recording, and Sports), and Swimming.
Saturday classes consist of 2.5 hours of academic English instruction and 1 hour of activity classes where English is integrated into the classes (Video recording and Sports).
Weekday (Monday/Wednesday) classes consist of 1.5 hours of academic English instruction with video recording and technology projects (using iPads and/or laptops) integrated into the classes.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXPECTATIONS.
It is a goal of the ASB English Language Center to speak and expose children to the maximum amount of English possible throughout the class. We understand that there are children who begin the program with little or no English. We have found that, although children who are beginning language learners may not always be able to speak English, they come with a rich academic foundation in their home language. Teachers use many strategies to increase student understanding such as modeling, gesturing, or the use of images, graphic organizers, etc.
CLASS GROUPING FOR INSTRUCTION.
Students are assigned to their classes according to their age and level of English proficiency. In the Weekday and Saturday programs, we administer a language level test on the first day of classes for students ages 7 and older to evaluate efficiently and effectively the level of students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English. Students 6 years and younger are generally placed into classes by age, except in special circumstances in which a significant difference exists between the language level of the child and his/her peers.
ASB English Language Center uses a variety of resources to support instruction. While teachers use modern texts published by Cambridge and Oxford University Press, no one textbook, resource or program can fulfill all the needs and objectives of a well-planned lesson. Teachers supplement their lessons with a variety of resources to deliver a rich and meaningful curriculum to the students in their classes. Below is a list of general guidelines teachers use when planning their English language lessons:
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDELINES.
- A Focus on Topics/Themes as the basic unit of instruction. Grammatical structures, content-related vocabulary, oral fluency and written expression are integrated into thematic lessons.
- Activity-based (“learning by doing”) as opposed to traditional lecture-style presentations. Teacher-directed minilessons are followed by activities that engage students in a dynamic, interactive way through cooperative learning tasks.
- Differentiated tasks/outcomes – Teachers meet students’ individual needs by differentiating tasks and outcomes. This can be done using a variety of techniques, including open-ended tasks that enable students to respond to content at their own language levels and/or setting different learning goals for individual students based on their current language abilities.
- Fun, engaging, challenging activities – Our teachers believe that activities should be engaging, challenging, yet doable, and “personalized” whenever possible.
- Cooperative learning – We emphasize language learning in pairs or groups, whenever possible, to encourage oral fluency and dialogue.
- Emphasis on speaking and listening skills – Teachers prompt oral practice before new material is introduced. Students are continually encouraged and reminded to use English in the classroom. Teachers use only English in class.
- Syllabus and Textbooks – Although a section or selected units of a textbook are used in each class, teachers are encouraged to be creative and/or supplement the book and exercises. Our textbooks are used as a guide, supplying appropriate input and structuring of the main grammar points.