Long Trail School proudly welcomes international students and offers them the opportunity to learn the language skills necessary to succeed both academically and socially. The Admissions Office and the ESOL instructor determine the need for English as a Second Language. Prospective students are recommended for ESOL based on an interview, an oral English proficiency test, and listening, vocabulary, and reading comprehension tests.
ESOL Newcomer English
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have just arrived in the U.S. The first month’s curriculum covers basic topics such as life at school and in the home-stay, cooking and culture, and American celebrations and holidays blended with English instruction on topics such as idioms, homonyms and American English usage etc. After the first month, the curriculum broadens to include speaking, reading, writing, and listening activities with specific attention given to grammar instruction. Students can place into Intermediate ESOL at semester if they have high semester grades. The second semester will focus on TOEFL prep and reading comprehension activities.
ESOL Intermediate English
Prerequisite: ESOL Newcomer English or Department Approval
This intensive English course is for students who have lived or studied in the U.S. previously but are not ready to move into mainstream English classes. The curriculum revolves around reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities with intensive grammar review and TOEFL preparation. The TOEFL test will be taken in the fall and spring of this course. These students will begin to move into the regular English classes during the second semester observing at first and participating by the end of the semester. It is hoped that these students will be ready to move into mainstream English classes after completing this course.
This course teaches American History through art, media, film, and discussion. Topics covered in the course include American culture, religion, education, government, geography, ethnic diversity, and the American Family. This class is assessed primarily through writing activities such as essays, opinion pieces, and reflections. This class is the equivalent of one American History credit.
Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI)
This class is designed to help students become comfortable with public speaking and teaching in English. Activities include oral presentations and giving teaching lessons to their classmates and faculty.