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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers three levels of instruction. Level placement is determined by the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) exam administered at the beginning of Summer Session.

The Beginning program is an introduction to English and offers limited communication practice. The Intermediate program is for students who have a strong base in English grammar and provides more extensive practice using the language for communication. Students entering at the Advanced level must be ready to take several mainstream classes in English.

ESL classes are offered during the morning block. Students attend two two-hour sections. The first section, from 8 to 10 a.m., focuses on reading and writing skills. Vocabulary development is the primary focus of this class. Grammar lessons are included in the context of the unit themes. Students practice learning and communicating in English primarily through reading and writing activities. They develop skills through grammar exercises, reading assignments, writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

The second block, from 10 a.m. to noon, focuses on listening and speaking skills. Vocabulary development is the primary focus of this class. Grammar lessons are included in the context of the unit themes. Students practice learning and communicating in English primarily through listening and speaking activities. In addition to classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to experience the topics they are learning about outside of the classroom. Students will gain confidence and improve their oral fluency, develop pronunciation and voice projection.

ESL students select an afternoon mainstream enrichment class from the list of courses below:

Afternoon Classes: 1-3 p.m.

Capture the Big Island

Grades 6-12

Gain a basic understanding of photography techniques and nature photography. Students practice and acquire confidence in the field as Hawaiʻi Island reveals its natural beauty and breathtaking scenery through the lens. Inspired by their fieldwork, students work together to capture images and to develop special projects.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Food, Culture, and Fun: Foodie Tours Around the World

Grades 6-12

Hawai‘i is an amalgamation of many cultures, and through this class, students get a glimpse into different parts of the world. Students will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of music, language, art, and food. Each week students will explore a new theme and culture. Students will experience the culture and cuisine of Japan, India, Latin America, and Hawai‘i.

Limited Edition Printmaking

Grades 6-12

Create your own unique, limited edition print designs inspired by nature, tradition and craft of the Hawaiian culture. Students in this art course will learn various printmaking methods such as block carving and bamboo stamps to transfer their original designs onto textiles and paper. Dyes will be extracted from natural materials from local resources.

Robotics

Grades 6-8

In this course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

Foundations for Test Prep

Grades 9-10

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

SAT and ACT Prep

Grades 11-12

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from Best SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

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