English as a Second Language

The ESL program at Lake Forest Academy is an intensive course in English as a Second Language. The program is designed to prepare students for academic work by offering them a full course load in ESL, including Grammar, Reading and Writing, and Speaking and Listening. The students are placed in the appropriate level based on their ability in English. Students in both Intermediate ESL and Advanced ESL also enroll in a math course. Students will begin a full program of non-ESL courses upon completion of Advanced ESL.

Intermediate ESL

This course is a one-semester course designed for students with an intermediate ability in English. The Grammar portion of the course includes the study of verb structures and passives. The Reading/ Writing portion of the course introduces students to the elements of fiction and expository writing, first in paragraph form and then in essays. The Speaking/Listening portion of the course focuses on developing students’ note taking skills as the basis for discussion and writing.

Advanced ESL

This course is a one-semester course designed for students with an upper-intermediate to advanced ability in English. The Grammar portion of the course includes the study of complex sentence structures and phrases and the conditional. The Reading/Writing portion of the course teaches students to write argumentative essays based on current issues and expository essays based on modern short stories. The Speaking/Listening portion of the course strengthens students’ note-taking skills while introducing them to various. aspects of classical literature.

ESL Department Faculty Members


Connie McCabe
ESL Department Chair, ESL Faculty


Michele Vaca
ESL Faculty

Contact Us

1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 615-3210

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