What We Offer
A CLIP class is a laboratory of student-centered learning guided by an ESL professional with expertise in content-based English language instruction. Students develop their language skills through specially designed courses that introduce topics in history, literature, science, and the arts. They read level-appropriate fiction and non-fiction, and draft and revise essays in response to their reading. Students conduct internet and library research, and make oral presentations. CLIP students also visit museums and civic institutions relevant to their coursework.
Through the exploration of college-like content, students develop their general knowledge base while they improve their reading, writing, oral communication, and research skillsâ€”the academic literacy needed for success in college. Each semester students begin a new course, at a more advanced level of language proficiency, in a new content area.
Each CLIP site has a dedicated computer lab that students use to write, revise, and edit. Students learn how to search the web for information relevant to their reading, writing, and research projects. They also learn such programs as PowerPoint to synthesize and present their findings. CLIP teachers use classroom management programs, such as Blackboard and Nicenet, which students are likely to encounter in college.
College Services and Resources
Navigating a college campus can be especially daunting for ESL students. CLIP links students to college services such as academic and career counseling and financial aid. CLIP students attend campus events, meet with professors, and sit in on classes in their prospective majors. They also make use of campus resources such as libraries and gyms. CLIP alumni, who are now successful college students and graduates, serve as mentors and advisors to current CLIP students.