English as a Second Language

Dublin School is greatly enriched by the presence of students from a variety of countries in our small community. The interaction of American students and international students forms an important part of education at Dublin School, and we deeply appreciate the contributions made by our international students and their families. We believe that the ability of all students to learn from and communicate effectively with people of other cultures is critical in building a more interdependent and peaceful future as society continues to globalize. International students become firmly rooted in the Dublin community and help Dublin create a model of a diverse and respectful society. The ESL Program helps international students develop the language skills and the cultural understandings to participate fully in all programs at Dublin School as they pursue their education.

Academic traditions in different societies vary greatly. America has some particular conventions of academic work, which pertain particularly to academic writing and research. Americans believe that each individual has different and important insights into intellectual matters, students as well as teachers. Therefore, the development and communication of original, individual ideas is the aim of all higher level academic work. American teachers generally, and Dublin teachers in particular, place great importance on and encourage student questions. International students are trained to perform in Dublin’s classrooms in the ESL program, as they explore topics pertaining to American history and society, develop their vocabulary, and practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking English. Comfort and confidence in the American academic environment and the Dublin community forms the greatest goal of the ESL Program, along with helping students improve their language proficiency and TOEFL scores.

Course of Study


The goal of this course is to deepen the students’ knowledge of the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and provide the basic cultural knowledge necessary for academic success in the United States. Discussion, debate, and the creation of public presentations on issues of American and world interest occur in this class. The students will also develop stronger listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and note-taking skills through exposure to a variety of media. Note-taking skills, oral presentations, vocabulary acquisition, and writing of both complex sentences and different types of essays are the basic proficiencies that will be covered. Students will also learn and practice effective reading strategies that will assist their comprehension of their textbooks in the different disciplines.

ESL 10

Partnered with ESL II, this course is designed to broaden the experience and abilities in the reading and writing of academic English. Topics of world, national, and student interest will serve as a basis for this course, while the content of students’ history and English classes, as well as issues of vocabulary and grammar in math, science, and the arts, will also be addressed.