English as a Second Language

The ESL program is designed to meet the needs of students whose native language is other than English from beginner to advanced level of English language proficiency. The program is aligned with Common Core preparing  students to transition successfully to mainstream courses as well as graduate on time. 

  • ESL Beginner course is designed for students at Level 2 (Emerging) of English proficiency who receive instruction in English with bilingual support. 
  • ESL Low Intermediate English  builds a foundation of grammar and vocabulary for the Low Intermediate English Learner (EL). Written assignments at this level include a strong emphasis on sentence structure and paragraph development.  This course is aligned with the Michigan English Language Arts Content Expectations, the Common Core for K-12 English Language Arts, and provides English credit for ELs.
  • ESL High Intermediate English continues to build a solid foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English Learners (ELs) will work on more complex grammar, study vocabulary, analyze short stories, and read Shakespeare, Greek Myths, and one novel. This course is aligned with the Michigan English Language Arts Content Expectations, the Common Core for K-12 English Language Arts, and provides English credit for ELs. 
  • ESL Advanced English is designed for  students to read poetry, short stories, two novels, and two plays. They must also successfully complete an extensive research paper. Other units of study include advanced grammar, advanced vocabulary building, and expository writing. This course parallels the 11th grade English curriculum and provides English credit for English Learners (ELs).
  • ESL Reading and Vocabulary  provides intensive reading and vocabulary support to a specific group of English Learners (ELs) who struggle daily with literacy problems in many of their content area classes.   This course focuses on phonics, reading skills, vocabulary building, Standard English sentence structure, listening skills, and grammar
  • ESL Tutorial is offered to English Learners who need assistance with homework from any class in their schedule. Students are expected to be self-motivated and to come to class prepared to do homework. 


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