L.A. for ELLs can address two areas: writing and literature. The rules we have in our country for academic writing are often very different in comparison to my students’ countries of origin. Issues of paragraph formation, formatting and plagiarism can be major hurdles for our international student to overcome. A class designed to address this from their point of view is an enormous boon.
In addition to academic writing skills, I use my L.A. for ELLs class to introduce my students to American literature at a reading level conducive to their English language proficiency. (Often, I use Great Illustrated Classics for the pieces of literature that contain an older form of English.)
I teach two years of L.A. for ELLs before I mainstream our international students (if they are on a four-year track.) This provides a strong foundation for them before they work alongside their American classmates. I am very interested to know what you do at your school. Please describe the academic track for your international students in the comments below!