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International Student Program (ESOL)

Throughout its history Lyndon Institute has served international students from many different countries. Our mission is to prepare our non-native English speaking students to succeed in both academic and social settings using English. We are committed to meeting the academic and social needs of each student through an individualized, rigorous, comprehensive immersion program of English classes that focus on the student’s language proficiency. The Program centers on building the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while developing vocabulary and grammar. Our complete curriculum readies our non-native speakers for taking the TOEFL exam, for success in our academic curriculum, and for the rigors of studying English at the University level.

Full Boarding Program

The full boarding program provides a “home away from home” in one of seven beautiful dormitories for students from several countries including Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Guyana, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro, Rwanda, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. The boarding experience adds a new dimension of interaction, dialogue, cultural exchange, and learning. The dormitories are designed to provide a homelike atmosphere with resident dorm parents living in the dormitories to create a safe and welcoming environment. Single and double rooms are available.

Residential Life Curriculum

The Residential Life curriculum is based on the premise that learning is not limited to the school day; learning also takes place after school. Learning happens in the residence halls, on the playing fields, during recreation time, and when our students are out in the community providing service. We have created a residential curriculum that compliments the school’s mission by instilling skills for students to be successful in school, college, careers, and life. We use the core values of respect and responsibility as a foundation to develop character and the ability to interact and live with other individuals. Other focal points within the dorm curriculum are time management, structured and independent study, stewardship, community service, and involvement and participation in school activities.

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 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:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
The ESOL program at Lyndon Institute consists of four classes at various proficiency levels leading to a transition into our mainstream academic curriculum.

Humanities I: 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 2.5 or lower on our iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 700 or below) will be placed at this level.

Humanities II: 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 scoring higher than a 2.5 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 701-730) will be placed at this level.

Intermediate ESOL: 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 3.5 – 4.5 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 731-745) will be placed at this level.

Advanced ESOL: 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 4.5 to a 5.5 on the iTEP placement test (equivalent to a TOEFL Jr. score of 746-800) will be placed at this level.

Lyndon Institute is large enough to offer classroom instruction in English language acquisition but small enough to offer individual assistance.

 

Residential Life Support Staff

Dedicated International College and Career Counselor 
Lyndon Institute's Lisa Manter serves as college and career counselor who is dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of our international students exclusively.  As her focus has been and remains on servicing international students she has developed an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of students studying abroad in the United States. 

Support Staff for Students and Parents 
Sara O’Connor joined Lyndon Institute in 2015 as the International Student Coordinator.  Her role at Lyndon Institute is dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of all of our residential students as they relate to living and studying at Lyndon Institute.  She supports parents and students in travel arrangements, communications, living needs, support services and similar. 

Testimonials

“I like the courses at the school, especially the different levels and college options. Also, the after-school activities are great-- many sports and clubs. One of my favorite experiences was playing soccer. I learned about respect, passion, and how to be selfless. We all play with heart. I became a better person through being a member of the soccer team, because of the values I learned. I use them on and off the field.” ~ Leopoldo from Italy

“I like the sense of family. We are a very tight close-knit family with the school community. I like the four seasons. Autumn is my favorite, it is beautiful. I am happy to be here.”  ~ Ashton from The Bahamas
 
“I love many experiences; some of the best are skiing at Burke Mountain with friends in the winter, camping, and hiking. It is nice to be close to nature with the activities that are offered at the school. With the academic program, you can go in any direction you want. I am prepared for any major in college. This school can change your life.” ~ Ramon from China

International Student Support Staff

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