The Foundation for a Meaningful Life Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
English Language Program
Language Instruction That Offers Support, Challenge, & Independence
For almost 40 years, Fay has offered immersive English language programs to international students seeking to become proficient/fluent English speakers. As a way to broaden the international diversity of our learning community, which currently includes students from 23 different countries, we offer an English Language Program (ELP). This program is designed to accommodate strong, well-prepared students who are just beginning their study of English as well as students who are already proficient in English and who are working toward fluency.
Most English Language Program students will begin in grade seven or eight, with the goal of joining Fay’s mainstream classes in ninth grade as preparation for secondary school. The ELP program is composed of three courses: a reading/writing course, a history course, and a research/study skills course. ELP students take all other courses—which include math, science, art, music, and wellness—with their mainstream classmates.
Students enrolling in Fay’s English Language Program are full and integral members of the Upper School community, which is composed of 275 day and boarding students from 45 local towns, 15 American states, and 23 different countries. Students have numerous opportunities throughout the school day and on weekends to participate in engaging, immersive activities that foster friendships and new interests. Students play a team sport each season, choose music and art electives, participate in after-school activities, compete in our color team competitions, share dorm rooms, and enjoy meals and social events with students from around the world. By using English continuously in meaningful contexts, students move closer to proficiency and fluency at a faster rate.
Fay’s structured language program facilitates the steady development of language skills. Our ELP teachers are experts in teaching English to international students, and they are trained to provide engaging activities and meaningful feedback that foster progress. Dorm parents and advisors are also part of each student’s team of support. They are on hand before and after class hours to provide supervision, guidance, and encouragement as students learn and grow.
While prior English speaking experience is a requirement for this program, students need not be completely fluent. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a strong school record, effective study skills, earnest effort, the ability to hear and incorporate feedback, and a willingness to be a contributing part of our community. During the application process, students are placed into the English Language Program by the chair of our English Department, who considers the applicant’s written and spoken English, academic record, and standardized test scores.
Students participate in literary study and analysis through individualized instruction, choice reading, and guided analysis of texts. Students move toward the organization and development of longer compositions, including five-paragraph essays based in strong thesis statements.
Course 2: American History
This course introduces students to the study of American history and offers more advanced preparation for historical study and research. A course rich in content and writing, this class provides students with the tools they will need for success in high school history courses.
Course 3: Inquiry and Critical Analysis
This highly individualized course offers a workshop environment in which students learn the vocabulary, organizational skills, and study strategies needed for success in their entire academic program.