The Multilingual Support (MLS) class supports the academic learning of our students at Dunn for whom English is a second language. It also serves to help them integrate into the broader Dunn community.

This course is designed for English language learners who are new to Dunn. In the first semester, we will focus both on developing students’ English language proficiency as well as their familiarity and comfort with their new surroundings and the peculiarities of American high school culture. In addition to the curriculum of the class, students will receive support for their other academic classes through MLS.

Language proficiency
Every student’s needs are different, and we will address students’ questions as they encounter them in their daily linguistic experience. There are also some proficiency issues that are common to most English language learners, and so the course will include work on students’ communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the following activities:

  • Listening: Students will listen to English spoken by their teachers, and other media. They will also listen to English spoken by their peers. We will also work on specific listening skills in class, as needed.
  • Speaking: Students will have daily opportunities to practice speaking in structured conversations with their peers. Also, there will be several projects which require the students to present information to the class using newly acquired English skills.
  • Reading: Students will be reading a variety of modified texts, including reading from their other academic classes. Students will learn various strategies to help them comprehend a text in their second language. They will also learn analytical skills necessary to interpret both literature and images.
  • Writing: Students will be writing on a daily basis, practicing the grammar structures and the new vocabulary.

Language Journals
While MLS will generally not have homework assigned, students will be required to maintain a language journal. Unlike regular journals of thoughts and ideas, the journal for this class will be a record of items of linguistic interest about the English language that students come across in your daily experience. Students may draw on any part of their daily experience. Some suggestions for what students might write about in their journals are:

  • Observations about the language of the academic world (what students hear and read in class)
  • Observations about conversational usage of English questions about the meaning of words or phrases that students come across in their daily experience
  • Comparisons between students' native language and English