Linden Hall’s ESL program provides English language learners with the instructional support they need to be full participants in their coursework and engaged members of the larger Linden Hall community. The goal for students enrolled in ESL classes is to progress quickly to college-preparatory coursework. Following an initial placement test, the ESL placement committee uses a combination of grades, test scores, and teacher recommendations to determine ESL course placement and when a student is ready for promotion. Students do not select their own placement level.
The ESL program includes a combination of direct language instruction and content-based courses to develop communication skills in both the interpersonal and academic realms. In addition to content courses and standard language instruction in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, the ESL program also features extensive preparation for the TOEFL iBT exam.
Any student who is not required to take ELS may elect to join an ESL course if she feels the need for additional support in English. Academic support services are also available on an as-needed basis.
Students are placed into ESL courses based upon placement testing completed at Linden Hall. Testing is administered three times each year, in August, November, and May. Students’ first-semester coursework is determined by August testing, and Upper School students may advance a level in ESL coursework at each semester if appropriate.
Students are required to complete a full year of college preparatory English work beyond ESL coursework in order to graduate.