The last topic I would like to mention in this series is a religion class designed for ELLs. None of the international students our Christian school admits have fluency with the Biblical concepts. We tried mainstreaming them in our traditional Bible classes without any success. The other students were light years ahead in Biblical understanding/training, the content was hard to grasp, and the vocabulary used was not anything they had learned in English classes back home. Our trial lasted about a semester and then we pulled them out.
In the last post on this topic (June 23, 2017) I recommended providing an EFL (English as a foreign language) class for international students. This class continues to develop the students’ English proficiency. In addition, EFL qualifies as the foreign language credit required in high schools in the U.S.A. Another class that benefits the academic success of international students is a language arts class designed for ELLs (English language learners) which I will describe today. Keep reading!
We are inviting students to join our Christian/Private high schools, but are we prepared to address the needs specific to international students and English language learners? I have been a part of forming an international student program at Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, FL and I have learned a lot from my own experiences as well as the experiences of other schools who have been kind enough to share their program details.
Anytime that you add romance or relationship drama to a lesson you will have students more engaged. A lesson on grammar can become more interesting if you use sentences and stories about love, heartbreak and jealousy. Here are a few examples:
Ralph, a baker at the grocery store, made me a cake.
Ralph, the boy who had loved Susan for years, walked into the room.