English as a Second Language (ESL) Support Program
NOVA Schools offers an English as a Second Language support program for students in the Elementary and Middle School. This is an academically oriented program that supports students whose English Language proficiency 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. Students begin with basic grammar and syntax moving to more complex structures while increasing their vocabulary through guided reading practice. NOVA Schools recognizes that each student learns a new language at his/her own speed. The ESL Program, although challenging, does not have a set timeline for completion.
ESL 1
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce basic literacy skills and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. Students will develop the ability to use oral and written English for daily needs, acquire basic conversation skills and vocabulary, and use simple sentence patterns. Students will also acquire basic orientation information related to their needs as newcomers to NOVA.
ESL 2
This course expands students’ essential English communication skills and cultural knowledge and introduces the language of classroom studies. Students will develop oral classroom skills and reading strategies, expand their vocabulary, and use more complex sentence patterns. Students will also learn how to use some school and community resources.
ESL 3
This course is designed to improve students’ accuracy in using English in classroom situations, and to help them understand the changing world around them. Students will study and interpret a range of texts and produce a variety of forms of writing. Activities will also help students to develop their oral presentation skills and acquire study skills (including note-taking and summarizing skills) that will enhance their ability to learn in all subjects.
ESL 4
This course is designed to improve students’ accuracy in using English in classroom situations, and to help them understand the changing world around them. Students will study and interpret a range of texts and produce a variety of forms of writing. Activities will also help students to develop their oral presentation skills and acquire study skills (including note-taking and summarizing skills) that will enhance their ability to learn in all subjects.
ESL 5
This is an intensive multi-syllabus course designed for students whose primary language is not English. It is an intensive reading and grammar course intended to prepare the ESL student for regular English classes. It covers basic English vocabulary, grammar and syntax, with emphasis on words and phrases commonly used at school and in the community. Special attention is paid to the development of speaking, listening and reading skills which will be required of students when they engage in other course work. The language is introduced step by step which makes it easier for students to understand and master. Students’ progress will be monitored through reinforced exercises. 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.
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.
Tutorial Programs
Teachers are available after school to provide regular individual or small group tutoring. A fee is assigned on a per class basis. A tutorial class is defined as a planned extra help class that cannot be accommodated in both the student’s schedule and the normal teachers’ working schedule. Informal individual help can be provided occasionally during the school day for no fee.