English as a Second Language (ESL) Support Program
NOVA Schools offers an extensive English as a Second Language support program for students in the Elementary and Middle School. This is an academically oriented program which supports students whose English Language Ability is not sufficient enough to follow thorough instruction in English in their corresponding grade level. The support program offers many advantages in gaining English skills including, low teacher-student ratios, customized classes and individualized curriculum, co-enrollment in other academic courses, highly trained ESL teachers and proven reintegration results. Students begin with basic grammar and syntax moving to more complex structures while increasing their vocabulary through guided reading practice. Each program is tailored to the individual needs of each student. NOVA Schools recognizes that each student learns a new language at their own speed. The ESL Program, although challenging, does not have a set timeline for completion.
ESL 6
This is an intensive reading and grammar course intended to prepare the ESL student for regular English classes. The focus will be on improving comprehension and reading rate, and on strengthening reading vocabulary. Also, advanced reading and study skills will be introduced and practiced. The teaching is done through abstracts from literary texts and selection of actual texts relevant to the student’s age and interests. Student’s progress will be monitored through reinforced exercises. They will be introduced to the writing process through selected strategies which will help them to develop writing skills in a very structural way. The course also offers a variety of reading selections not only for developing reading and comprehension skills, but to motivate students to think in a creative way and to develop their skills for creative thinking and expressing attitudes towards the material itself.
ESL 7
This English as a Second Language (ESL) course covers reading for comprehension, writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. Throughout this course, various forms of literature, such as short stories, poems, novels, essays, etc., will be read, analyzed and discussed. One aim in this course is that the students come to understand the literary elements better than before, so that they could grapple with literature in more depth than before. Another aim is that the students master the grammar of the English language, so that they would improve their ability to express themselves both orally as well as in writing. Finally, the students should enrich their vocabulary and develop their spelling skills, which would resemble their improvement in the knowledge of the English language.
ESL 8
This ESL course is a high-school preparatory course that covers reading for comprehension, writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. During this course the students will be asked to read, analyze, and discuss various pieces of literature. The students will be engaged in different writing assignments, which should resemble solid knowledge of the English grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Another goal of this course is to encourage the students to practice their speaking skills, both in formal and informal situations.
Tutorial Programs
Teachers are available during their office hours for extra help. Should the need arise where a student is in need of extra help, which can be defined as tutorial classes, a fee is assigned on a per class basis. A tutorial class is defined as a planned extra help class, which cannot be accommodated in both the students’ schedule and the normal teachers’ working schedule.
Center for Differentiated Learning
The Center for Differentiated Learning at NOVA addresses the special needs of students who have mild learning difficulties or special needs and need modified instruction. A Child Study Group is formed of teachers and specialists who determine what assessments are needed and an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is created for each student in the program. His/her progress is monitored to ensure that the student is progressing and his/her needs are met. The Center provides in-class support, one-on-one support, and small group support to students. Special fees apply for services rendered by the Center for Differentiated Learning.