Published : Friday, August 17, 2018 | 1:02 PM
Arroyo Pacific Academy’s (APA) international students who are English language learners enroll in English Language Development (ELD) courses as part of their overall academic program to build English language proficiency and academic content knowledge. ELD methodology recognizes that language modalities (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) develop interdependently and, therefore, should be integrated to promote overall skill development.
ELD courses offer opportunities for international students to excel in academic, cultural, and social development promoting successful, productive members of their school and community. The Academy recognizes the linguistic, academic, and cultural diversity of its students and strives to support all English language learners so they attain their personal goals during and after high school. The interaction among local and international students in high school is a significant advantage in preparation for the multicultural college and career experiences of this generation. The interaction among international students can foster support and motivation for the shared experience of studying abroad.
Students who test above ELD Level III (based on the EDGE Program assessment scale) at admission are eligible for college prep courses in English Literature and Social Studies. Students who test at ELD Levels III and below are eligible for English Literature and Social Studies courses tailored to the student’s English proficiency level in the general high school program. ELD Program courses incorporate curriculum, methodology, and instruction based on Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) methods to support both content mastery and English language development. As students advance levels in the ELD program they can become eligible for UC approved English Literature and Social Studies courses. Students who transfer to our school and are placed in the ELD Program may find upon graduation that language schools attached to universities and/or two-year college programs offer the best path to a four-year university in the United States.
Arroyo Pacific Academy, 325 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, (626) 294-0661 or visit www.arroyopacific.org.