English as a Second Language
The ESL program at Lake Forest Academy is an intensive program 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/ Writing, and Speaking/ 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 begin a full program of non-ESL courses upon completion of Advanced ESL.
Intermediate ESL 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 elements of literature 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 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 aspects of classical literature.