English for Speakers of other languages
The basic task of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom is to equip students to effectively communicate in English, and subsequently, become contributing members of society.
It is our hope that students emerging from this program will be aware of Christian values, pertaining to the different perspectives of family life in both the American and Chinese cultures. It is also our hope that they will be able to set realistic personal goals for language learning and their overall life and pursue them.
Our ESOL classes are on a trimester schedule. In January we host intensive topic and skills focused English classes. Below is our schedule:
Intensive Class: WINTER 01/09 to 01/26/2017
Trimester Dates: SPRING 01/30 to 05/18/2017
SUMMER 05/30 to 08/31/2017
FALL 09/11 to 12/14/2017
Class Schedule: Monday to Thursday
Times: 8:30 – 10:15am,
10:45am – 12:45pm, OR
6:30 – 8:00pm
Basic Restaurant English
Students at this level learn the alphabet, respond to simple instructions, introduce yourself, arrange to meet with someone, use and identify numbers, ask and tell time and learn simple time expressions. Students are at SPL 0-1.
When students move from basic into level 1 conversation, they are building a stronger survival English foundation. They learn to request and comprehend simple information, ask for and respond to simple street directions, interrupt someone to ask for help, express thanks, control a conversation with simple phrases and decipher simple signs and notices. Students should reach SPL 2 at this level.
At this level of conversation, students are beginning to adjust and settle into learning the English language. They continue to learn basic survival needs such as state plans for the future, complain mildly, describe physical health problems and the like. There will be an emphasis on learning primary English for socializing (e.g. make small talk, apologizing, express themselves…), professional (goals, give simple instructions…) and cultural (US etiquette, songs, etc…) content. Students should reach SPL 3 at this level.