LAA301: ESLStrt1 (2013-2014)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English as a Second Language
COURSE TITLE: ESL 1 Starting -1hr
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The ESL Starting 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 their mastery of DoDEA’s general education content standards. Emphasis is placed on the development of conversational fluency (language required to meet everyday needs and participation in the American school culture) and academic language (language needed for success in the general education classroom). Course content includes, but is not limited to, the development of both social and academic listening and speaking skills through dialogues, conversations, chants, role-playing, and oral reporting; the development of reading strategies (fiction and nonfiction), such as previewing, determining main idea and details, inferring, analyzing, and evaluating written material; and the development of writing (factual and creative) at all stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, responding to peer writing, revising, editing, and publishing. Vocabulary and grammar are presented and developed in context and authentic situations using the academic language of the general education content classes. The development of critical thinking skills, 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 will 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 reporting, pronunciation practice, and language games. Activities to develop and improve comprehension of written English (fiction and nonfiction) will include, but will not be limited to, 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 include, but not 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, teacher- and textbook-created assessments, and student self-assessments.
Course Objectives: Demonstrate confidence in basic social interactions. Understand and function in the American school culture. Participate in limited conversations and discussions for both social and academic purposes Speak with comprehensible English pronunciation. Understand and follow basic oral and written directions. Use learning strategies to extend communicative competence. Construct meaning from simple texts and respond to/evaluate the texts orally and in writing. Create a variety of print and non-print documents to communicate information and/or stories. Write English sentences and paragraphs by using simple structures. Actively participate in the general education content classroom, using general academic vocabulary and familiar everyday expressions.
Course Notes: Two years of ESL may be substituted for ELA for English Language Learners.