College Preparatory Program

The International Student Program at Linfield Christian High School provides students with quality instruction in English language acquisition, something that is imperative for success in our rigorous college preparatory program. The program is designed to help students improve their English proficiency in academic knowledge and skills in specific subject content areas. In conjunction with daily instruction in English reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, the program emphasizes higher level academic language proficiency in critical thinking and analytical reading and writing skills. Small class sizes and individual tutoring foster progress in students’ individual language abilities.

Testing

All international students are required to take an English Proficiency Test. The test, which includes a reading comprehension and writing component, determines student placement in English courses according to the level of English language instruction and support they need.

Courses

English I Shelter

Pre-requisite: English Proficiency Test placement

This two-semester shelter English course is designed for all international students in grade 9 to establish a foundation of literary knowledge along with the speaking, writing, and analytical skills necessary to excel in further studies. This World Literature survey course is designed to ensure that students will learn to become critical thinkers, readers and writers with emphasis being given to analytical readings and composition. The primarily focuses are on building student skills in the areas of active reading, critical thinking, interpreting, writing, speaking, and listening. Students read and analyze short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and nonfiction selections. Writing practice emphasizes different types of the five-paragraph essay and encourages original efforts in poetry and short story. SAT preparatory vocabulary, Greek and Latin roots, literary terminology, and grammar practice are ongoing throughout the year. Major texts include, but are not limited to, Fahrenheit 451, Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other types of reading and writing help students find direction for their personal lives as contributing Christian members of the American and global communities. Both of these approaches will be used to increase critical thinking, vocabulary, language, writing, and grammar skills. Goals include: inspiring, preparing and connecting all students for college and post-secondary success; providing the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century; and encouraging collaboration, to make meaning of any text, and to communicate effectively in speech and writing.

CREDIT: UC approved; 1 year of English credit

 

English II Shelter

Pre-requisite: English I Shelter and English Proficiency Test placement

This two-semester shelter English course is designed for all international students of grade 10 to establish a foundation of literary knowledge along with the speaking, writing, and analytical skills necessary to excel in further studies. This World Literature survey course is designed to ensure that students will learn to become critical thinkers, readers and writers with emphasis being given to analytical readings and composition. Students will be exposed to mature themes found in literary pieces such as Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men, as they study the Christian perspective alongside contemporary, secular reflections. Plays such as Antigone and Henry V, develop analytical skills and a world perspective through analysis of characterization, theme, time period, and style. Books such as The Screwtape Letters will expand student opportunities to work with literature from a Christian world view. In addition to promoting literary understanding, instructors will provide opportunities for demonstrating student synthesis and competency in the usage of the English language. Students will become stronger readers and writers of the English language as they practice communicating with others through oral expression and presentations, and through the written form of MLA formatted short and long essays. Compositions range from thematic and literary analysis to research papers that help individuals grow in personal knowledge and ability to defend a position. Other types of reading and writing help students find direction for their personal lives as contributing Christian members of the American and global communities. SAT preparatory vocabulary is ongoing throughout the year. Goals include: inspiring, preparing and connecting all students for college and post-secondary success; providing the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century; and encouraging collaboration, to make meaning of any text, and to communicate effectively in speech and writing.

CREDIT: UC approved; 1 year of English credit

 

Academic Seminar

Pre-requisite: English Proficiency Test placement

This two-semester course is designed to help international students improve their English proficiency in academic knowledge and skills in specific subject content areas. The course uses a workshop approach where students have the opportunity to work one-to-one with an instructor and other students in small groups on reading and writing assignments from other courses in which they are enrolled (English, Social Studies, Science, etc.). Students further develop proficiency in English reading, writing, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary skills that will help them to be successful in upper-level and AP courses. In addition, the course offers SAT and ACT exam preparation through vocabulary development, as well as reading comprehension and testing strategies.

Language Lab

This option is available to any international student requiring English language support in addition to what is provided in other English courses and Academic Seminar. The course offers one-to-one or group tutoring in reading and writing assignments for all English and content courses in which students are enrolled.