The English-as-a-second-language program:

Level 1: Using a variety of visuals, videos, and a beginning English book, students acquire basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and phrases. The class includes related pictures as needed to clarify meaning, and exercises intended to practice the vocabulary and basic grammar, such as the simple present tense of the most common verbs. As appropriate, the instructor assigns role-plays, games and writing assignments to review the material. The class is 90% teacher-centered at this stage in the learning process, as the students have yet to acquire more complex language patterns in the target language.

Level 2: As we continue to build a strong foundation in English, the students are exposed to more complex sentence structures and an ever-expanding collection of vocabulary, including verbs, adverbs and nouns. At this point, the course introduces simple past and past continuous verb tenses. Through study and exercises, students become familiar with their applications in conversation and story-telling. In addition, the students are introduced to the future tenses and corresponding usage, including adverbs and adverbial phrases. Students practice writing and speaking using this knowledge to demonstrate their competence in level 2 English.

Level 3: In this level, students are continually exposed to more challenging vocabulary and grammatical structures, with emphasis on understanding, correct pronunciation, and correct usage. At this stage students are more talkative as their lexicon should already contain approximately 500 words. The goal at this level is to carry on a simple conversation in the target language about a variety of topics, such as weather, personality, story-telling, narration of activities and events, locations, shopping, and more.

Level 4: At this point, the student should have a very strong understanding of basic English and moves into an intermediate level of language study. This course is distinguished by the expectation of student output. The class will be 50% teacher-centered, as the students work together to learn more through practice with each other and by completing language-expanding exercises such as the creation of role-plays, projects and presentations. Academic vocabulary and writing skills are introduced.

Level 5: In this level, students focus on correcting their existing knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, as well as learn valuable idiomatic phrases and put them to use in the classroom. This class is very interactive and mostly student-centered. The teacher merely “facilitates” learning by directing and guiding students on how to reach a solution to a given problem. This builds a very valuable self-driven learning skill, which is a must in today’s society.

Beginning English Conversation:

Students will have already completed level 1 English. This is the next class after level 1 English. In this class, basic conversational techniques are emphasized through the use of real-life situations and role-plays. Pronunciation and listening comprehension are stressed through some repetition of drills. Students are exposed to a wide variety of topics such as location and directions, shopping, eating in a restaurant, asking for favors, getting to know you, and future plans.

Intermediate English Conversation:

This is the next level after level 3 English. This class builds on knowledge acquired from levels 1-3, with a major emphasis on conversation and listening comprehension. The instructor gives the students the topic and new vocabulary. Then the students complete a task or series of tasks aimed at providing appropriate conversation practice, usually through a game or a collaborative problem-solving exercise.

Advanced English Conversation:

This is the next level after level 5 English. This class is extremely student-centered. As at this point, the students should be talking more than the instructor. The instructor provides a curriculum and guides the students in their work on assignments. Through group activities and problem-solving, students have enough time and practice to really develop their fluency in speaking and listening.

After School Program

From 3:30-6:30. The first hour will be homework time. Any remaining time will be spent on either English, Japanese or Chinese language study.

Summer School Program

ESL Kids focus on English and there is an option for learning Chinese and Japanese as well if you choose.