English as a Second Language

Why ESL at Phelps?

Beck Photography, 2014

Beck Photography, 2014

Our English as a Second Language program helps non-native speakers improve their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  A variety of instructional methods meet each student’s learning needs in one of four levels: beginning, pre-intermediate, intermediate, and advanced.  Students are placed in courses based on their TOEFL Junior test results.

Beginners concentrate on communicative competence, basic grammar, and writing skills. The advanced course develops more sophisticated language skills through a variety of speaking, writing, and reading assignments.  It also focuses on skills needed for success on the TOEFL test and offers a cultural component.

Beginner and pre-intermediate students take ESL science and history courses that help prepare them for mainstreaming into classes with native speakers.  Intermediate and advanced students are mainstreamed into the regular curriculum in all other areas, allowing them to earn an accredited high school diploma.  Immersion in the English language and in American culture prepares students for academic and social success in higher education in the U.S.  Their eventual exemption from the ESL program is based upon their classroom performance and their placement scores, as determined by the school’s academic administration.

For more information, please visit the International Students page or contact our Admissions Office at admis@thephelpsschool.org.