American International School of Lome

As English is the language of teaching at AISL, English is taught as a supplementary or remedial (not for credit) course designed to help bring students to
the level they need in order to function well in their respective academic courses. Given the individual needs of the students, the ESL classes focus on any
of the following: grammar, vocabulary development, speaking fluency, improved reading or listening comprehension, writing skills.

Success in academic courses is highly dependent on a high level of English, however, we prefer to immerse students in English and so we do not separate
ESL learners too much from their classmates.

This 2016-2016 year we are offering two ESL / English classes (ESL Levels I and II) which take the place of the regular English course. All new students
who English level is not up to grade level will spend one semester, or more likely one year, in this ESL / English class. We also offer support classes for
students who need extra help in learning or improving English (ESL / Level II).

ESL Level I

Grade 9,
Grade 10,
2015-2016,

This course introduces students to basic structures and vocabulary of the English language through the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students learn strategies in order to advance their reading, listening, and pronunciation skills. They expand oral comprehensibility and write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays. They utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.

ESL Level II

Grade 9,
Grade 10,
Grade 11,
2015-2016,

This is a transitional program for ESL students preparing them for the mainstream English class. Primarily, this course is for Intermediate level ESL students, with occasional exceptions. It focuses on syntax, continued vocabulary development, reading, listening comprehension,
speaking and pronunciation skills and writing multiple-paragraph compositions that demonstrate organization of ideas, use of a thesis statement, and supportive elements. Intensive grammar instruction that supports academic writing skills is emphasized.. Students may take this course for up to one year, and may be mainstreamed into the regular English class as soon as they are competent enough to handle mainstream content (determined by ESL and mainstream teacher). This course is not counted for English credit. When basic language competencies improve, elements of literature study will be incorporated into this course.

ESL Level III

Grade 11,
Grade 12,


This extra support course is designed to help 11 and 12 graders enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and mostly writing abilities while
developing test taking skills for the TOEFL and SAT tests (often required to prove English proficiency for college or university admission).