English as a Second Language (ESL)
Prep offers a full program in English as a Second Language (ESL) for international students. The study of English is supplemented by other courses as appropriate to the student's English facility. As the student's facility with English improves, and with each additional academic year, the student's integration into the regular curriculum is increased. Depending on the student's background, he may also be placed in a special ESL section of American Studies and/or Religious Studies. Study of a language other than English is usually not required for ESL students.
This course is an overview course designed to introduce ESL students in their first year at Prep to US history and government. In addition to the focus on the mastery of the content, emphasis will also be given to the development of the necessary academic skills in English: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course is a supplemental class designed exclusively for ESL students and does not take the place of another course at Prep. (1 credit)
As an intermediate level course for international students needing significant reinforcing and refining of their language skills, ESL 2 places great emphasis on the development of stronger reading and writing skills. Toward that end, students will focus on developing a much deeper foundation in academic vocabulary and will review grammar fundamentals, including parts of speech. Additionally, students will be introduced to authentic works of literature and will begin to develop the ability to analyze short stories and novels during the second semester of the course. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will proceed into ESL III before advancing into English I and eventually into English II. Prerequisites: TOEFL score, Georgetown Preparatory School ESL Placement Exam (1 credit)
As an advanced-level course designed to prepare students for success in Georgetown Prep’s English Department course offerings, ESL 3 helps students strengthen their academic vocabulary foundation, master proper paragraph structure, write with greater sophistication, and read and comprehend novels, short stories, and essays. Additionally, students will be introduced to authentic works of literature, and will develop the ability to analyze novels, short stories, and essays during the course. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will proceed into English I before advancing into English II and eventually into English III. Prerequisites: TOEFL Exam, Georgetown Preparatory School ESL Placement Exam (1 credit)
Ms. Laura Hatmaker