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The International Student Program (ESL)

Are you considering English-speaking boarding schools for teen boy? At Grand River Academy, students from China, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Rwanda, Togo, Russia, Mexico, Tunisia, Venezuela and Canada have made our campus in Northeast Ohio in the United States a vibrant and flourishing community. Each student finds his home-away-from-home at GRA through our International Student Program. He’s placed in the Beginning ESL, Intermediate ESL, or Mainstream track based on his previous experience, and we guide him through our college-preparatory curriculum, providing the knowledge he needs to succeed in university and beyond.

International Student Site ESL at Grand River

Program Director:

Mrs. Angela Thomas teaches English Language and American Culture and is fully dedicated to the International Student Program. Mrs. Thomas has created a program to work with students on achieving academic success – but equally important for achieving social success and maturing emotionally. Each student has his own individualized program. You can contact Mrs. Thomas with any questions about the program by clicking the green Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Outcomes of the Program:

  • Prepare international students for mainstream classes.
  • Achieve academic success in an American boarding school.
  • Place each international student in the best university for him.

ESL Curriculum:

Students are placed into classes according to their ability.  Initial placement is based on SLEP and TOEFL scores and a Skype interview.

  • Beginning ESL: These students take 3-4 ESL classes that focus on Grammar, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Listening and Speaking.  These students also take mainstream courses in Math, History and/or Science.
  • Intermediate ESL: These students take 2-3 advanced ESL courses and mainstream courses in Math, History, Science, and/or English.
  • Mainstream: These students take a full schedule of mainstream courses with the support of the International Student Program Coordinator.

Additional International Student Courses:

  • English Language and American Culture: An introduction to both the language as it is spoken, and the country that is the United States. The goal of the class is to help each student’s entrance into the community smooth and successful. Students will also be linked with an English Speaking Partner who will act as a mentor during the adjustment period.
  • Communications 1 & Communications 2: This course offers guided assistance, with an emphasis on speaking and writing, that will help students excel in their core classes.
  • TOEFL Preparation: This is a complete preparation course for students planning to take the new version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

International Student College Matriculation (Past Five Years):

University of Illinois Penn State University Case Western Reserve Univ.
Michigan State University Purdue University Indiana University
University of Washington Syracuse University New York University
Bucknell University University of California- Irvine University of California- Davis
University of Wisconsin Boston University University of Texas
University of Miami SUNY Binghamton Towson University

The English Speaking Partner Program (ESP):

We pair each international student with an English Speaking Partner, one of our more experienced students, who acts as a mentor and friend, answering questions, suggesting ideas and helping to solve problems.

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