Boarding and Day · Co-ed College Prep · Grades 6–12 & Postgraduate · Hebron, Maine

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The English for Speakers of Other Languages Program at Hebron Academy integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural heritage and previous language experience of the international students are celebrated as resources in our multidimensional and diverse program. The three levels in the ESOL program—Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced—are designed to meet the needs of a variety of students and allow greater flexibility in their transition to our school. In addition, our program offers ESOL support in different academic areas including English and literature, mathematics, science and history.

SCIENCE EXPLORATION (ESL)

This hands-on class will focus on necessary scientific skills such as independent research, technical writing, and the experimental method while giving students a scientific context to learn English. These skills will be taught with content drawn from the three major branches of science: physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will learn to conduct scientific inquiry in English formally and informally through academic written work and oral presentations, through various laboratory experiments, experiences, and fieldwork in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, and ecology. The overarching theme will be micro to macro as students will learn basic scientific themes behind much of the content they will be exposed to in future courses. The course will strongly emphasize lab and writing skills to reinforce the idea that science is inquiry based and that students must draw conclusions by first generating evidence.

ADVANCED ENGLISH WORLD LITERATURE (ESL)

This skills-based course is designed for students whose native language is other than English but who already have a firm foundation in the English language. Course work will increase student skills and confidence in the areas of academic reading,writing, listening and speaking. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how the English language works and more clarity in their language through studying grammar, vocabulary, composition, and a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will learn the formats, structures, and vocabulary for academic writing genres such as essays, research papers, reports,summaries, poetries, and short stories. They will also gain experience in formal oral presentations and speaking in a group setting.

ADVANCED MODERN WORLD HISTORY (ESL)

This skills-based course is designed for students whose native language is other than English but who already have a firm foundation in the English language. Course work will increase student skills and confidence in the areas of academic reading and writing needed in high school and for college preparation. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how the English language works and gain more clarity in their language by exploring primary and secondary information sources. In addition, students will gain experience and improve their skills in formal presentations and speaking in a group setting. Students will learn the formats, structures, and vocabulary for academic writing genres such as essays, research papers, reports, and summaries.

ELSI

ENGLISH FOUNDATIONS (ESL)

This skills-based course is designed for students whose native language is other than English and are at the beginning to early stages of proficiency. Course work will increase student skills and confidence in the areas of grammar, academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will apply these skills during academic tasks such as note taking, presenting information, discussing in groups, reading, and writing for a variety of purposes. Students will learn the formats, structures, and vocabulary for academic writing such as essays, research papers, critiques, and summaries. In addition, students will practice their speaking and listening skills, both formally and informally. Individualized pronunciation practice is incorporated to improve student intelligibility and confidence when speaking.

WESTERN CIVILIZATION (ESL)

This skills-based course is designed for students whose native language is other than English and are at the beginning to early stages of proficiency. Course work will increase student skills and confidence in the areas of academic reading and writing needed in high school and for college preparation. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to use primary and secondary sources of information while continuing to build vocabulary and academic English fluency. Students will learn the formats, structures, and vocabulary for academic writing genres such as essays, research papers, reports, and summaries. In addition, students will gain experience and improve their skills in formal presentations and speaking in group settings. Content, projects, and texts work in conjunction with ESL English Foundations with cross-curricular units.