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LAA102: ESL 4 Expanding -2 hr M (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English as a Second Language
COURSE TITLE: ESL 4 Expanding -2 hr M
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content: The English as a Second Language course Expanding Communication is designed for students whose primary language is not English and who are at a level 4 English proficiency. This course focuses on expanding the student’s range of vocabulary, refining grammatical structures, sharpening writing skills, and developing critical reading and thinking skills, such as analyzing and evaluating. All areas of communication skills, i.e. listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing, are strengthened through the integrated learning of language and academic content. The content includes, but is not limited to, development of both social and academic listening and speaking skills through dialogues, conversations, lectures, presentations, role-playing, and oral reporting; the development of reading strategies, in both fiction and nonfiction, such as previewing, , inferring; and the development of writing, both factual and creative, at all stages of the writing process including brainstorming, outlining, prewriting, drafting, responding to peer writing, revising, editing, and publishing. Vocabulary,, grammar, and fluency necessary for the world of work and/or for mastering content curriculum standards are presented and developed in context and in authentic situations. The development of learning strategies and socio-cultural knowledge is emphasized throughout the learning process.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided in individual, small group and whole class settings. Student activities will include, but not be limited to, improving speaking and listening skills through listening to material for information and response, following oral directions, participating in conversations and discussions, oral reading and presentations, pronunciation practice, and Reader’s Theater. Activities to improve comprehension of written English, both fiction and nonfiction, will include, but not be limited to, previewing reading selections, decoding vocabulary from context, restating or summarizing materials, using reference materials, recognizing plot elements, and genre. Writing activities will include, but not be limited to, sentence, paragraph, and essay writing of various kinds, research and report writing, letter writing, and note-taking, and creative writing of dialogues, stories, plays, and poetry. Instructional activities to support the student in mastering the general content standards will include, but not be limited to pre-teaching the language or vocabulary, activating prior knowledge, building background knowledge of the content class material, and explicitly teaching learning strategies.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated on comprehending and creating spoken and written English. Evaluation instruments include both summative and formative assessments such as: interdisciplinary activities, projects, diagnostic testing, content-based tests, and both teacher- and textbook-created assessments, as well as student self-assessments.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the English as a Second Language course, Expanding Communication, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate confidence and oral skills necessary to express themselves fluently and spontaneously in English on a wide range of social and academic topics.
  • Communicate verbally and nonverbally in socially and culturally appropriate ways.
  • Speak with accurate/comprehensible English pronunciation.
  • Understand and verbalize concrete and abstract experiences, with some restrictions in vocabulary and grammar.
  • Comprehend most grade-level written and oral material, and respond to and evaluate it orally and in writing.
  • Apply a variety of learning strategies to improve comprehension and fluency, and to generate and organize ideas.
  • Identify and understand literary elements and techniques.
  • Engage in a critical analysis of literature.
  • Write both factually and creatively in English for both social and academic purposes, with few errors.
  • Actively participate in the general education content classroom.