The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Academics

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 20 different countries, we offer a two-year format for our English Language Program (ELP). This two-year progression is designed to accommodate strong, well-prepared students who are just beginning their study of English in Year One, as well as to serve Year Two students who are already proficient in English and who are working toward fluency. 

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  • Program Overview

    Beginning in fall 2017, the English Language Program will return to a two-year program. Year 1 is for students just beginning their study of written and spoken English, while Year 2 offers more advanced study of English. Most ELP students will begin with Year 1 in grade seven and complete Year 2 in grade eight, with the goal of joining Fay’s mainstream classes in ninth grade as preparation for secondary school. In both Year 1 and Year 2, 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.
  • Immersion and Community

    Students enrolling in Fay’s English Language Program are full and integral members of the Upper School community, which is composed of 270 day and boarding students from 40 local towns, 20 American states, and 20 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.
  • Structure and Support

    Fay’s structured language program facilitates the steady development of language skills. Our ELP teachers are experts in English as a Second Language instruction, and they are trained to provide engaging activities and meaningful feedback that foster progress. Dorm parents and advisors are also part ofeach students’ team of support. They are on hand before and after class hours to provide supervision, guidance, and encouragement as students learn and grow.
  • For Strong Students Beginning English Study

    Students need not be fluent or nearly-fluent English speakers to find success in Fay’s English Language Program. While prior English speaking experience is not a requirement for this program, 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.
Year 1: 7th Graders

Course 1: Literature and Composition I
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study through individualized instruction, choice reading, and guided analysis of texts. Students learn and practice English grammar, sentence construction, and longer composition through written responses to their readings. 

Course 2: Comparative Cultures
This course introduces students to the study of history and helps them develop strategies for historical study and writing. The course parallels the grade seven history course, exposing students to similar topics and themes. 

Course 3: Inquiry and Critical Analysis I
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. 

Year 2: 7th and 8th Graders

Course 1: Literature and Composition II
Year 2 expands students’ skills with 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
Building on Year 1, 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, Year 2 provides students with the tools they will need for success in high school history courses. 

Course 3: Inquiry and Critical Analysis II
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.