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LAAE01: Beginning Comm S1 (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English as a Second Language
COURSE TITLE: ESL Beginning Communication S1
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 4-8
CODE: LAAE01
TYPE: MS
CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE LENGTH: 18 weeks

Major Concepts/Content: The English as a Second Language Beginning Communication course is designed to develop and increase English language proficiency and academic skills for students whose primary language is not English and who are at a level 1 English proficiency. This course actively involves students in developing the skills of understanding, listening, speaking, viewing, reading, and writing to support the student’s mastery of DoDEA’s general education content standards. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational fluency, language required to meet everyday needs and to participate in the American school culture, and on the acquisition of academic language, language needed for success in the general education classroom. Course content includes development of both social and academic listening and speaking skills through dialogues, conversations, chants, role-playing, and oral reporting. Content also emphasizes development of reading strategies, in both fiction and nonfiction, previewing, determining main idea and details, inferring, analyzing, and evaluating written material. The development of writing, both factual and creative, at all stages of the writing process including prewriting, drafting, responding to peer writing, revising, editing, and publishing are also emphasized. Vocabulary and syntax are presented and developed in context and in authentic situations using the academic language of the general education content classes. The development of critical thinking and study skills, and socio-cultural knowledge is emphasized throughout the learning process.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities are provided in individual, small group, and whole class settings. Student activities include, improving speaking and listening skills through listening to material for information and response, following oral directions, participating in conversations and discussions, responding to information, oral reading and reporting, pronunciation practice, and language games. Activities to develop and improve comprehension of written academic English, both fiction and nonfiction include previewing reading selections; decoding vocabulary from context; and shared/paired reading. Writing activities include sentence, paragraph, and letter writing; note-taking; and creative writing of dialogues, stories, plays, and poetry. Instructional activities to support the student in mastering the general content standards and acquiring academic language include, pre-teaching the language or vocabulary, activating prior knowledge, and building background knowledge of the content class material.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated on skill growth in the comprehending and creating of written and spoken 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.

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

  • Demonstrate confidence in social interactions.
  • Use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways.
  • Participate in conversations and discussions for both social and academic purposes.
  • Speak with comprehensible English pronunciation.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Use learning strategies to extend communicative competence.
  • Comprehend written material, and respond to and evaluate it orally and in writing.
  • Create a variety of print and non-print documents to communicate information and/or stories.
  • Write accurate English sentences and paragraphs.
  • Actively participate in the general education content classroom.