English as a Second or Other Language
ESOL Course Offerings
CRMS offers several classes for students whose first language is something other than English. These classes are designed to integrate students academically into CRMS, while also providing some of the specific supports they may need in reading and writing.
ESOL English Intermediate
This class focuses on developing students’ grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills as well as their literary-analysis skills needed for mainstream study through reading several short stories and novels. Students prepare for the TOEFL examination and learn the academic habits of mind needed to excel in American classroom culture. CRMS international students take an English course each year and are required to earn credit in a mainstream English course before graduation. Therefore, international students must place into ESOL English Intermediate by their sophomore year.
Literature and Composition
This course is designed to prepare international students for immersion in upper-level English classes. Through texts and writing techniques of increased difficulty, this course helps scaffold student development in literary analysis and prepares students for standardized tests that are essential for college admission. CRMS international students take an English course each year and are required to earn credit in a mainstream English course before graduation. Therefore, international students must place into Literature and Composition by their junior year. Appropriate TOEFL scores and a satisfactory grade average are required before students are accepted into Literature and Composition and English 11 courses.
ESOL History Intermediate
Students will develop reading, writing, and research skills and complete two major research papers while examining American customs, government, and history. Students also develop discussion, presentation, and debating skills, which enables them to better participate in all of their classes. International students must take this course along with ESOL English Intermediate by their sophomore year.
Foundations of Western Civilization
This course prepares students for succeeding in upper-level history courses. Through the study of Western civilization, students continue to develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills and begin to apply their background knowledge to historical events, moral debates, and geopolitical issues. International students in this class are integrated with mainstream History 10, where they cover similar topics and participate in full class discussions. However, ESOL students’ assignments are designed, taught, and assessed by their Literature and Composition teacher. International students must take this course along with Literature and Composition by their junior year.