Support classes

In most cases, we have learned that our visiting students do not have the background or structured discipline for the academic environment that they will experience in the United States.  Initially, students are overwhelmed by the amount of homework and assignments that are given outside of the classroom time.  We start by helping students with their homework, we teach organization skills and basic study skills.  Eventually we progress to test preparation, note taking, reading for ideas, writing lengthy papers, oral debate, academic integrity – the abilities students need for independence and continued academic success.  In the final phase of our evening support classes, we begin introducing English for Specific Purposes.  At that point, our students have gained a good command of the English language, they should be progressing well towards their goals and they can now handle the additional complexities of their given academic subject.