We believe that language learning is a creative, organic process that requires multiple skills: not only speaking, reading, writing, and listening, but also understanding the social and cultural context in which language is developed. We also believe that language learning is the process of meaning-making, and that students learn best in an environment that values active exploration rather than rote memorization.
In AHA ESOL classrooms, students engage with authentic language with a variety of independent and cooperative projects, while learning the necessary structures and norms needed for accuracy and academic excellence. ESOL classes mirror content of mainstream English courses here at the Academy while also focusing on the unique challenges that international students face by integrating activities that foster language acquisition. Students are encouraged to use their language skills not only with each other, but also with the wider community.
International students at AHA are offered the opportunity to fulfill their English requirements through the ESOL Department until they are prepared for the challenges of mainstream English classes. ESOL support for students is determined on a case-by-case basis and is tailored to the specific needs of each student.