At Lyndon Institute the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program prepares students to be competent, confident communicators and consumers of the English Language. Students learn to perform in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – with equal value placed on each skill.
The ESOL program promotes the use of language for interpersonal and social interactions. Still, the program’s emphasis is placed on building Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) to help students attain the level of English necessary to function successfully in their academics at Lyndon Institute and at the university level.
To accomplish this goal our ESOL program is comprehensive, involving courses at four levels (beginning, high beginning, intermediate and advanced) to allow the students to develop the skills necessary for success in mainstream courses. Upon arrival students are given the iTEP SLATE English proficiency exam for secondary school students. These scores are used to appropriately level our students and to monitor the growth of both their basic interpersonal skills (BICS) and their CALP. Once students attain a 5.5 or higher on the proficiency test, demonstrate the ability to be active, contributing members of the school community and have the recommendation of their ESOL teachers, they may exit the ESOL program.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Our admissions office and our International Students Program work together to assist students in getting appropriately placed in our ESOL classes. Upon arrival students are given a placement test and the results help the Chair of our International Students Program and Director of Studies to create the student’s individual schedule.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is designed to assist with the development of all of the language skill areas:
The ESOL program at Lyndon Institute consists of four classes at various proficiency levels leading to a transition into our mainstream academic curriculum.
The beginning level ESOL courses are humanities courses that offer students the opportunity to gain credits in social studies while working on their language acquisition. ESOL Humanities I is a course that introduces students to the concept of community and the individual’s role in society. Students entering the program and scoring a 3 or lower on our iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 700 or below) will be placed at this level.
In this course, students study the issues facing a global society and the individual’s role as a member of a global community. The course strengthens the foundation of reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar introduced in ESOL Humanities I. Students with a 3 to 3.5 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 701-730) will be placed at this level.
Intermediate ESOL is a language acquisition course focused on developing greater fluency and confidence in all skill areas of English (listening, reading, writing, speaking, grammar and vocabulary development.) Students at this level have mastered the use of English for social purposes. They are now beginning to acquire the academic language needed for research, writing, and presentations in a variety of content areas. Students with a 3.6 – 4.0 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 731-745) will be placed at this level.
Advanced ESOL is a language acquisition course that serves as the final step before students are integrated into our mainstream literature courses. In this course, students refine their language skills in all areas, focus on building their TOEFL vocabulary and make English the dominant language in their daily life for both social and academic purposes. Students with a 4.0 to a 4.8 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 746-800) will be placed at this level.