English Language Learning
Cheshire Academy is committed to supporting our students for whom English is not their home language. With students from over 35 countries, our English Language Learner classes are full of students with unique perspectives that contribute to our global environment.
ELL classes are structured around not only the mechanics of English, but also on cultural concepts, traditions, and more, making the ELL experience at Cheshire Academy one of complete cultural immersion.
Separate from our ELL program, we also offer International Student sections of our Freshman and Sophomore English and History courses for those students who have some experience with the English language, but for whom the interactive, small-sized, round-table discussions of an independent school Humanities classroom is a novel way to learn. These courses get students up to speed with the ways in which the Cheshire Academy academic experience is done.
Cheshire Academy’s ELL Writing, Composition, and Expression courses offer an intensive, context-based, genre-focused sequence of study in writing for academic purposes. These courses are for students whose home/comfort language is not English.
Intermediate Level: Students enhance grammatical, mechanical, and lexical control. The course focuses on improving writing styles such as memoirs, scientific articles, short stories, analytical responses, and research papers. Students explore how academic writing presents problems, poses questions, gives feedback, and supports discussion in all disciplines. Rhetorical modes include analysis, description, chronology, process, argument, cause and effect, classification, comparison and contrast, and opinion.
Proficient Level: Students focus on models of academic genres in all disciplines and develop an understanding of the purpose of each genre, how each genre is organized, argumentative patterns, and specific language features of each genre. They develop tools to critique academic texts, understand conventions, link audience and purpose, and revise papers with structural accuracy, lexical and syntactic mastery, clarity, and coherence.