At The New School we take pride in the diversity of our student body. Roughly one quarter of our students are from other countries, including but not limited to UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, Kuwait, and Cambodia. All classes are taught in English, giving international students a total immersion experience. We encourage them to speak English throughout the day as well as outside of school, as continuous practice is the key to truly learning a language.
The ESOL Program at The New School is designed for international students who would like to improve their English proficiency. In order to develop their linguistic skills in a safe, comfortable environment, international students are allowed to take special classes in English, and gain foreign language or English credit in the process. There are two essential components of the ESOL Program: (1) a series of multidisciplinary classes; and (2) a one- to two-year reading and writing class, depending on the student’s progress in the first year. Students pay the ESOL fee for each year they remain in the program.
The series of multidisciplinary classes are designed to build the students’ academic English skills. The yearlong reading and writing course is designed as an advanced foreign language course in English. The teacher selects short novels and articles appropriate to student reading levels. Students study vocabulary, discuss the subjects in English, and write formal essays. Students are given regular English-language tests and taught the essentials of academic writing.
Students leave the ESOL program when they can think critically and participate in class comfortably in English.
New international students are faced with the challenges of living and attending school in a new country. We designed the International Orientation Program to accommodate the needs of newly arrived internationals, allowing them the opportunity to adjust to their new environment and hone their English skills before school begins. The dates for this year’s orientation are August 14 through August 25, 2017.
The International Orientation Program is divided into two one-week sessions. During the first week, the focus will be to welcome students, relatives, and/or guardians to the school. They will become familiar with the layout of the school, the student handbook, and the daily schedule. In addition, all required office documentation will be completed and turned in. Time will be made to meet and become familiar with the staff, teachers, and administration. Students will take a math placement test, work on creating schedules for the school year, and have their photos taken for school ID cards.
We will take a field trip each week along with a group lunch provided by the school of pizza and ice cream every Friday. We will use sports, classroom games, movies, and other activities to get to know each other better and learn about each other’s cultures and the school’s philosophy and practice. Along the way, we will read, write, and speak English in order to prepare for the first week of classes.
During the second week of orientation, students will practice English and complete basic review. There will be several writing, reading, speaking, and listening exercises, and each student’s performance on these, as well as his or her overall interaction and participation during the week, will be used to decide in which level of English the student will enroll. In addition to English instruction, students will continue to get to know each other, the school, and other students.