Kendall Park Learning Center

English & Reading Proficiency for International Students
KPLC offers the opportunity for international students to take classes during our six-week or eight-week sessions and make progress toward your academic, professional, and personal goals.
This program is designed specifically for international students who wish to study English at an American school. Balancing academic classroom work with cultural enrichment, the program offers students an ideal environment in which to improve their English language, reading, vocabulary, and writing skills while learning more about the history of the United States and American customs and society. This program is for students ages 6 to 18. During the summer, KPLC's international program is integrated into KPLC's larger curriculum. International students participate with American students in many activities and enhance their perspective by interacting with a globally diverse student population.
Accreditation and State Approval

The Kendall Park Learning Center is an independent educational institution, fully accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and SEVIS approved school.

Who Should Attend?

International students interested in making the transition from schools in their home country to college preparatory study in America will find the KPLC’s program ideally suited to their needs. The program’s structure will also benefit students interested in interim study in America before returning to regular academic pursuits at home.

Student Placement
Since students generally vary in their English proficiency, KPLC will test and counsel each student to determine their entry level for language study. KPLC offers three levels of English for non native speakers. Counseling and working closely with instructors help to determine the level of challenge for which the student is prepared, and the degree of personal guidance and support that is warranted.

Program Structure

Language immersion is combined with an examination of American culture. Students study English intensively for two to four hours a day in the classroom. Program instructors who are ESL specialists incorporate skill-building exercises into their daily lesson plans. Students expand their vocabulary, raise the level of their reading comprehension, and improve their written compositions. Reading and writing assignments introduce students to American literature and themes in United States history. Upper level classes are given some preparation for the SSAT and/or SAT examinations. Some students may opt to take electives in other subject areas as well. Homework is assigned each day.
SAT Critical Reading, Writing, and Math  
This course is a comprehensive preparation for the SAT I and SAT II examinations. Areas covered include logic and rhetoric to teach good writing, analysis and interpretations, semantics, etymology, word relationships and roots, denotations, connotation, and vocabulary. Arithmetic, algebraic and geometric skills are emphasized. Extensive use of actual SAT questions, practice testes, and regular drills are incorporated into daily lesson plans.
The SSAT is an admission test that measures verbal, math and reading comprehension. By clearly demonstrating a positive correlation between student performance on the test and academic success, the SSAT is a valuable tool in helping students and schools make the right match. The SSAT has become the common and preferred admission standard for independent schools. In Kendall Park Learning Center our certified and experienced teacher will prepare you for SSAT!
This course measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. It provides a flexible framework for those who need to improve their competence in the fundamentals of reading, listening, speaking, and grammar & writing.
  • Level 1 (Beginner) This course is designed to review the basic structures and vocabulary introduced in a beginning course. Due to the different teaching styles in schools and varied curriculum for foreign language classes, it is impossible to say that all students have been exposed to the entire content of this ESL course.
  • Level 2 (Beginner-Intermediate) This course continues a program of introducing students to English culture and language through a combination of text, conversation, and listening. Equal emphasis is placed upon improving skills in areas of grammar, reading and speaking this increasingly important language.
  • Level 3 (Intermediate) This course continues a program of reviewing and enhancing students' knowledge of English culture and language through a combination of text, conversation, and listening. Equal emphasis is placed upon improving skills in areas of grammar, reading and speaking this increasingly important language.
  • Level 4 (Intermediate-Advanced) Advanced ESL is offered to those students who have successfully completed the Beginner and Intermediate ESL courses and who wish to enhance their study. It has been carefully designed to facilitate a method of teaching that focuses on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well as a thorough grounding in aspects of culture. Each unit embodies all of these standards in accordance with the theories described in this document. Unit activities blend different forms of communication and culture to ensure that the student meets all standards.
Competence & Confidence in Reading  
This course is designed to improve literal, interpretive, critical comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Emphasis will be on structured vocabulary development and intermediate and advanced level reading skills. Through short stories, novels, poetry, and non-fiction selections students improve specific reading skills: main idea, vocabulary, sequence, factual recall, inference, and drawing conclusions.
Competence & Confidence in Writing  
This course provides a flexible framework for those who need to continue to improve their competence in the fundamentals of writing. Writing exercises focus on recognition, use, and punctuations of elements of a sentence, recognition of sentence patterns, and construction of unified paragraphs and composition. Student will focus on formal analysis and expository writing based on the texts they read in order to prepare them for High School. Students will also produce a variety of creative pieces and build a basic portfolio of written work by the end of the course. The objective of this course is to help students who need to strengthen their writing skills.
Now I Get It - Grammar and Usage Workshop  

This course is for students who need to strengthen their grammar skills. Students will learn to recognize, correct, revise, and avoid common errors in grammar and usage. Class activities will include a sequence of hands on activities concentrating on sentence basics, comma usage, other punctuation and capitalization, subject-verb agreement, pronouns, verb tense, articles, sentence clarity and style. Students will fully master core ideas before moving on to extended pieces of writing.
Highly recommended for students taking the SAT.