LAA201: ESL BridM2 (2013-2014)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English as a Second Language
COURSE TITLE: ESL-5 Bridging M 1hr
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 5-8
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The ESL Bridging Communication course is designed for students whose primary language is not English and who are at a level 5 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, synthesizing, 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 social and academic listening and speaking skills through dialogues, discussions, lectures, presentations, role-playing, and oral reporting; the development of reading strategies (fiction and nonfiction), such as previewing, predicting, and inferring; and the development of writing (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 verbal skills 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 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, language games, and Reader’s Theater. Activities to develop and improve comprehension of written English (fiction and nonfiction) will include, but not limited to, previewing reading selections, decoding vocabulary from context, restating or summarizing materials, using reference materials, and recognizing plot elements, tone, voice and genre. Writing activities will include, but not limited to, sentence and paragraph writing, essays of various types, research and report writing, 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 will include 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 and oral skills necessary to express themselves fluently in conversation and discussion, both social and academic. Communicate verbally and nonverbally in socially and culturally appropriate ways. Speak with accurate/comprehensible English pronunciation. Comprehend most grade-level material and respond to/evaluate it orally and in writing. Understand and verbalize concrete and abstract experiences. Apply a variety of learning strategies to improve comprehension and fluency and to generate/organize ideas. Communicate information and ideas effectively in a variety of written forms to accomplish different purposes – both socially and academically. Identify and understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning. Engage in critical analysis of literature. Fully and actively participate in the general education content classroom.