ESL (English as Second Language)

Explorations meets daily for students who are in the early stages of English language development. Students work intensively in social and academic English through reading, writing, speaking and listening. (1 credit)

Foundations meets daily for students who are in an intermediate stage in English language development. Students work intensively on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Vocabulary development and reading comprehension are major areas of focus. (1 credit)

Enterprise meets daily for students who are quickly developing their abilities in English language development. Students work intensively on developing academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. (1 credit)

Bridges meets daily for students who are at rapidly expanding their abilities in English language development. Most students enter the college preparatory humanities classroom after a semester or year in this course. Extensive reading, writing and discussion is required of students. (1 credit)

Integrated Math I/ ESL is a two-semester introductory mathematics course is for ESL students in their first year of instruction at MCI. Students learn the skills, concepts and technical vocabulary needed for more advanced secondary mathematics courses. Topics include: computation and algebraic notation, properties and operations of real numbers, solving, graphing and writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, systems of equations, powers and exponents, and quadratic equations. (College Preparatory, 1 credit)

Integrated Math II/ESL is a two-semester mathematics course is for ESL students in their first year of instruction in the United States. Students learn the skills, concepts and technical vocabulary needed for more advanced mathematics courses. Topics include graphing linear equations, solving systems of equations, radical expressions, polynomials, logarithms, and trigonometry. (College Preparatory, 1 credit)

ESL History I combines the study of Geography and World Cultures with Level I ESL vocabulary skills. Students learn everyday vocabulary as well as the academic vocabulary of social studies. The emphasis is on developing literacy skills. (1 credit)

ESL US History is a two semester course beginning with post-Civil War Reconstruction through modern times. The course provides students with note-taking techniques, questioning methods, research and academic writing. The course emphasizes analysis of historic events, independent thought and discussion practices as well as vocabulary development. (1 Credit)

ESL US History/CP (First Americans - Civil War) is a two-semester course that focuses on the development of the American culture as it is today by studying the past. Our studies begin with Native American history to the Civil War. The course provides students with note-taking techniques, questioning methods, research and academic writing. The course emphasizes analysis of historic events, independent thought and discussion practices as well as vocabulary development. (1 credit)

ESL Integrated Science gives the beginning-level ESL student a foundation in the vocabulary and content necessary to succeed in American science classrooms. Along with basic science terminology and lab practices, students will learn the specific vocabulary and basic concepts of Earth and Space Science, Biology, and Chemistry. (1 credit)

ESL Biology is a sheltered approach to Biology study for mid-level ESL students. A systems approach to the important concepts and ideas of biology. This course is designed to lead students to an understanding and appreciation of the common characteristics of living systems. Topics include cells, genetics, organisms and ecosystems. This class includes many lab activities, which require analytical and communication skills. (1 credit)

TOEFL is a one-semester preparation course for international students to prepare for the TOEFL exam through a variety of classroom activities that mirror the skill development needed to score well on the exam. Listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills are developed through a series of focused lessons after diagnostics have determined areas that need the most attention. Mini-tests and full practice tests are utilized to gauge progress. Weekly theme prompts are assigned for the essay component. Essays are scored on the TOEFL rubric and handed back to students for analysis of key weaknesses to be addressed on the next assignment. (1 credit)