ESL Classes

English enrichment for new international students

Chaminade offers numerous English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for all new international students.  The purpose of the courses is to help our new students with their verbal, reading, listening and speaking skills.

All new international students (middle school and high school) take the Macaulitis English Assessment Tool when they first arrive at Chaminade.  Based on these scores, we will place a student into our lower-level ESL language course or our upper-level ESL language course.  Students who begin in the lower-level course will take two years of ESL language classes while students who start with the upper-level ESL language class can choose from Chinese, French, Latin or Spanish as their language in future years.

In addition, first year high school international students will take an ESL theology/religion course, an ESL writing/ composition class and an ESL history/social studies course geared just for new international students.  These courses will help our new students feel more comfortable in our academic environment while gaining valuable English skills.  International students in their second year of high school at Chaminade would take most of the same courses that our American students have. 

The ESL courses are designed to meet the needs of a diverse international population.  The courses assist the student by improving his ability to produce accurate and understandable English in the classroom.  Materials from the student's core academic subjects are used to expand his vocabulary.  American culture is also featured in the classes.