Department of International Student Achievement (DISA)

The overall goal of the English program for non-native speakers of English, or English Language Learners (ELLs), is to prepare the students to be successful in their academics at Culver Academies. 

The program focuses on building and solidifying language skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as improving the students’ accuracy and vocabulary in English.  With a particular focus on the learning of academic English, the three courses in the DISA program prepare students not only to handle the language requirements of other courses, but also to successfully approach a variety of assignment types, including text and literary analyses, research and document-based writing, structuring of academic paragraphs and essays, and formal oral presentations.  In addition, the program will help the students develop effective study habits and understand the cultural differences and expectations in the Culver classroom. 

Homework Loads

Level A:  0 - 29 minutes
Level B:  30 - 49 minutes
Level C:  50 - 69 minutes
Level D:  70 - 89 minutes
Level E:  90+ minutes