PCS is a diverse community
of students who have
come from all over the
world to live and study in
New York.  Approximately
15% of our students are
international students and
include young people from
China, Israel, France, Japan
and Taiwan.


PCS provides a specialized
course of study for non-
native English speakers.

Learning takes place in small
groups with an emphasis on
English for communication.
An integral component of
the ESL program is a focus
on American culture and
issues pertaining to the
experience of being an
international student.

 






 

 

Schoolwide Resources:
English as a Second Language

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Part of what makes PCS such a dynamic school is our diverse student body. We have students from around the world who come here to study while they pursue their artistic goals. As a matter of fact, about 15% of our student population is made up of international students from countries including Japan, Korea, France, China, Israel and Taiwan, just to name a few.  PCS provides these students with a specialized course of study for non-native English speakers.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program includes ESL I, ESL II, and ESL History. International students, who require ESL, take two periods of ESL per day. Most new ESL students also enroll in math, science, ESL History, and physical education. Students also have the option of studying music, drama, visual art, or foreign language and are required to take a Health course before graduation. With the exception of English and History, ESL students are integrated into mainstream courses taken by English-speaking students as quickly as possible.

In addition, two bridge courses, Introduction to Literature and American Nation, are offered. Bridge courses are support level courses designed to bridge the ESL offerings and the mainstream courses in high school. These courses are open to international students as well as American students who require additional support.

There are two levels of ESL which focus on developing the four main skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for the academic and non-academic environment. The two periods of ESL per day reinforce the structures students use in their other academic subjects. Learning takes place in small groups with an emphasis on English for communication. An integral component of the ESL program is a focus on American culture and issues pertaining to the experience of being an international student.

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