BIA - Bridgeport International Academy

Intensive English (ELL) Program

BIA_InternationalThe English language and mathematic skills of international students are accessed early in the program in order that they can be properly placed into their courses. In order to support those students who lack sufficient proficiency in English, BIA offers a specialized instruction program. This program aims to develop ELL (English Language Learners) student's language and literacy competency to where they can fully participate in mainstream classes. It is the policy of BIA to move ELL students into the mainstream classroom as soon as it is determined that they would not be a signficant disadvantage. For some BIA classes, such as P.E., creative activity, and often some math classes, all ELL students are immediately mainstreamed. However, most academic subjects rquire a certain minimal level of English competency.

Non-English speaking international students experience school in a carefully planned transitional program, with variations according to the student's accessed need. Students generally are integrated into the school in three phases:


Phase 1
Introductory Intensive English Program

This program prepares non-English speaking students to participate in the regular school. Students practice English vocabulary skills in grammar, reading, writing, and mathematics by working with text books, workbooks, computer games, sports and activities. During the summer, trips to historic and popular tourist sites are part of the program.

Phase 2
Intermediate Academic Content Courses

Students follow the school schedule, taking classes such as math, physical education, the arts, and activities. They also participate in a special curriculum, which includes ESL science, ESL history, ESL math, ESL literature. Classes focus on academic content of core subjects using basic English. Though this intermediate program, students will earn the necessary credits to be fully mainstreamed into the regular school curriculum.

Phase 3
The Regular High School Curriculum

International students will be helped to polish reading and writing skills and to complete all requirements to graduate from the Academy and apply to colleges.

Summer Programs:

Intensive, English-language summer programs are organized based on student need and interest. Typically such programs are oriented toward incoming students who are at the introductory level of learning English and need to acquire greater skills prior to beginning school in the Fall. These are typically three-week programs that conclude shortly before the start of regular classes.

Incoming students who are interested in these English-language summer program should contact the BIA administration.

Specific English Language Learner (ELL) Courses

ELL_CoursesThe English as a Second Language Program is based on a series of Intensive English courses for the student whose limited English fluency inhibits his or her ability to perform at an optimum level in mainstream high school English speech and writing. The focus is on the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening with attention given to the grammar and structure of the English language. The prospective candidate should have a good academic record in his/her first language and a willing attitude to experience and understand culture as communicated in English.

ELL Introductory Grammar and Vocabulary, 1 credit

This is designed as a beginner's level English grammar course, focusing on verb tenses, word order, parts of speech, sentence structure and grammatical points related to the foregoing, as well as building the students' use of basic vocabulary through the grammar text and its accompanying workbook.

ELL Introductory Reading and Literature, 1 credit

This is designed as a beginner's level reading course. Initially, a beginning reader is used to establish basic reading skills, as well as augment the range of vocabulary. Midway into the course, a beginner's level short story literature text is introduced, encouraging students to understand human experience across time and space, and to introduce them to the specialized language of literary texts. Conversational and listening skills are important as students are encouraged to discuss the readings intelligently.

Note: Students will also engage in a graded reading program during which simplified and shortened versions of certain classical or well-known novels and short stories will be read.

ELL Introductory US History, 1 credit

This ELL course covers American history, following the content in the mainstream US History course. A low vocabulary/rich content text is used.

ELL General Science, 1 credit

This ELL course is designed to introduce students to vocabulary and concepts taught in mainstream science classes. It focuses on studying the vocabulary of science through rich text and low vocabulary text books and interesting hands-on activities. It covers topic in life science, physical science and earth science.

ELL Intermediate US History, 1 credit

This course follows the content in the mainstream US History course. Students not quite ready for the rigor of the mainstream US History course, are placed into Intermediate US History. Students who complete this course are not expected to retake US History.

ELL Intermediate Reading and Literature, 1 credit

Students will read short stories by well-know writers. Emphasis is placed on reading out-loud as well as individual reading at home. The stories are divided into parts with comprehension questions and practice exercises using new language acquired and grammar presented. Students will practice drawing conclusions, making predictions and comparing and contrasting characters in stories. They will also practice finding the main idea, summarizing and making inferences in short stories.

ELL Advanced Literature, 1 credit

The ELL Advance Literature course is as described in the intermediate literature course; however, advanced literature students are mainstreaming in all other high school classes. More emphasis is placed on inferring meaning and studying the deeper meaning of the short stories studied. In addition to the literature textbooks used, class time is also focused on improving reading comprehension of specialized texts; literature, social studies, science and mathematics. Students are expected to be able to produce writing of a higher standard than the intermediate class.

ELL Algebra I, 1 credit

This class introduces the vocabulary of math in a content rich environment. The purpose of the class is for ELL students to prepare for regular course work in Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus. All topics of Algebra I are covered in fall semester. In the spring semester, the concepts of algebraic expressions and equations are introduced, and preparation for geometry is made. The students who successfully complete this course are not expected to repeat the mainstream Algebra I course.

The following topics are covered in Algebra I: algebraic expressions and integers, solving one-step equations and inequalities, decimals and equations, factors, fractions, and exponents, operations with fractions, rations, proportions, and percents, solving equations and inequalities, linear functions and graphing, area and volumes, right triangles in algebra, data analysis and probabilities, nonlinear functions, and polynomials




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