English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL Program features a small class size that allows for tailored instruction and individualized support. It includes intensive English learning that is enhanced by daily interaction with English-speaking cadets of the same age, which also provides an opportunity to get to know others and make friends.

Summer ESL Enrichment Experience

A two-week summer ESL Enrichment Experience beginning mid-August for non-native speakers of English in which new ESL students prepare for the new academic school year. This summer program offers academic courses of ESL communication and ESL reading and writing as well as opportunities for educational and cultural field trips or local excursions daily after class.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All cadets are held accountable for their actions and behavior on and off campus. All cadets are expected to seek to understand and follow guidelines of The Standard (SJN student handbook).

Yes. International cadets will be assessed on their level of English language proficiency upon their arrival by taking an online assessment in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test results will assist with the correct academic class placements. The progress monitoring of English as a Second Language (ESL) cadets is scheduled three times per year.

Yes. SJNMA welcomes international students during a two-week ESL Enrichment Experience program held every summer in mid-August. New international students have the opportunity to get to know each other and the campus while taking ESL classes during the day. Field trips to popular sights in the Milwaukee area and local excursions are scheduled after the academic classes daily. Different sport activities are also available to cadets.

After the initial language proficiency screening, ESL cadets are recommended to ESL classes that match their level of English skills in reading, writing, communication and in the academic content areas. ESL classes are offered at the beginning and intermediate levels. ESL cadets with advanced English proficiency may be placed in traditional English classes.

The ESL Lab is for academic content support for all ESL students.

Yes. International cadets with beginning and intermediate English proficiency will be placed in the appropriate ESL classes led and taught by certified ESL teachers. ESL instruction is tailored to the needs of the international cadet. Due to small ESL class sizes, more individual attention is given to each ESL cadet. ESL cadets showing progress in their overall language acquisition, especially in their academic reading and writing skills, may transfer to regular English classes.

Yes and no. International cadets can expect to learn the same academic content while being accommodated. The academic content may be modified as needed based on their level of English proficiency.

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