English Language Learners

At Tilton, the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is designed to serve our international students who require additional support for English proficiency before entering the standard English curriculum. The program supports students who will use their English in continued college or university studies, in future jobs, and in personal endeavors.

ESOL courses provide students with instruction in the English language, exposure to the American classroom and culture, and exercise of the study skills requisite to success in a rigorous academic setting. The School offers ESOL instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. New international students must complete proficiency testing on campus prior to placement in any courses, ESOL or otherwise. Proficiency testing, prior academic records, and other factors are used to determine course placement. Students who are placed into the intermediate level of ESOL courses will, in most cases, be in the program for two full school years.

ESOL Department Course Offerings

Intermediate ESOL Writing (9th, 10th; Full Year; 1 credit)
This course is designed for students entering the ESOL program with an intermediate level of English language skill development. Students are provided with many opportunities for developing English language skills in context, including reading and writing academic English in a wide range of language use settings. The development and practice of skills in grammar, vocabulary, and paragraph writing are emphasized, and students are introduced to writing essays and other longer texts in preparation for additional coursework in the ESOL curriculum.

Advanced ESOL Writing (9th, 10th, 11th; Full Year; 1 credit)
This course is designed to prepare advanced-level ESOL students for the writing they will be doing in mainstream courses. Students develop their writing skills by building on a strong foundation of grammar, evolving from intermediate to complex sentence structures, and by working through the writing process on many different types of academic writing, including a research paper. Students are expected to have a firm grasp of academic writing and to be able to apply that knowledge to their courses outside of the ESOL program upon completion of this course.

Intermediate ESOL Literature (9th, 10th; Full Year; 1 credit)
This course is designed for students entering the ESOL program with an intermediate level of English language skill development. Students practice and improve their reading and comprehension skills through exposure to many forms of written English, including simple, everyday written communications; articles in the popular media; and literary writing in essays, biographies, and short stories. This course prepares students for more advanced work in the ESOL curriculum and for eventual success in the mainstream academic program.

Advanced ESOL Literature (9th, 10th, 11th; Full Year; 1 credit)
This course is designed to develop students’ academic reading comprehension as well as prepare them for mainstream literature courses. Students learn language analysis through short stories and academic texts, practice literary analysis through reading novels and a Shakespeare play and develop critical and analytical writing skills expected of students in traditional literature courses.

Developing Excellence in English Language Fluency

The following course for ESOL is offered through the Center for Academic Achievement at Tilton School: 

Integrated Language Studies (ILS) 2:1, 2x or 4x per week
This tutorial program is designed for English language learners who need significant support for success in an ESOL or a non-ESOL English course. The Integrated Language Studies (ILS) curriculum emphasizes skill building in vocabulary, sentence grammar, reading, writing and speaking. The student’s language-based homework assignments and demonstrated areas of need serve as the foundation of session work.   

Instruction is intensive with two or four individualized sessions per week integrated into the student’s class day schedule.  Formal assessments of key skills in the English language take place at the start and completion of the program, with informal assessments throughout the year.  This is an individualized tutorial program provided by The Center for Academic Achievement. CAA fees apply.