English Language Development (Newcomers)

American School Culture

We can’t neglect the social and emotional needs of English language learners. Students who have difficulties acculturating are at high risk of getting left behind academically and dropping out of school. Our American School Culture resource brings newly-arrived students up to speed quickly on school norms and behavioral expectations. With this knowledge, students can build more confidence, gain a sense of belonging in their school community, and get a jump start on academic success.

Students learn about school rules, available school resources, class participation, extracurricular activities, and fun facts like American holidays and traditions. They will also be exposed to critical, school-related vocabulary along the way.

  • Practical topics include cultural norms and expectations, useful school resources, and American holidays and traditions
  • Presented in a contextual narrative with supported videos and student characters that relate to real-world peer interactions
  • Narration in both English and Spanish plus subtitles in 6 other languages
  • Interactive exercises help check for understanding
american cultural vocabulary
Topics Examples
School Day and School Rules
  • Bell Schedule and punctuality
  • Dress code
  • How to handle bullying
  • Missing school days
Class Participation
  • Class and PE participation
  • Asking questions in class
  • Classroom technologies
School Resources
  • Nurses’ office
  • Counseling office
  • School portal
Morning Break and Lunch
  • School cafeteria
  • Buying lunch
  • Student ID card
American Holidays and Traditions
  • Overview of 13 popular holidays
  • Customs and traditions
Extracurricular Activities
  • Clubs and sports
  • Pep rallies/dances

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