The ESL Program Focus Areas:
This highly interactive portion of the ESL program incorporates role playing activities, audio activities, videos and visual aids to help improve conversation skills.
Activities will focus on improving communication skills and English usage for social situations and real life scenarios. Students will improve their fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and confidence.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
– navigate their surroundings
– initiate and maintain conversations
– socialize with native speakers
– speak appropriately in formal situations
– function comfortably in American society
This is an extremely fun, lively and engaging class where students actively participate and learn more about each other. Since our students come from many different countries and speak different languages, learning to communicate in a common language is key to being able to socialize. By practicing English together in this course, students are able to get to know each other, and form bonds and friendships. Now we’re talking!
Listening and Speaking:
This is also a highly interactive course where students listen to audio files, watch videos, discuss topics, interview others, role play and give presentations. This differs slightly from the conversation focus in that this portion of the program focuses on improving listening and speaking skills for academic purposes.
Videos and audio files are exciting, relevant and interesting as they are of high interest and current event topics. The files are appropriately leveled for ESL student language acquisition.
This is an extremely useful and engaging course as it directly improves student ability to perform in all academic areas as well as social situations where students may wish to speak about academic or current event topics.
By the end of this course, students will be able to function successfully in non-ESL courses across the curriculum. Students will be able to:
– Comprehend the lectures, discussions and videos that may be a part of other courses
– Understand the teacher and native English speakers in their classes
– Comprehend the more complex vocabulary and syntax of academic English
– Participate in discussions and debates
– Contribute to group assignments
– Give Presentations
– Follow Directions
– Ask for clarification and help
Reading & Responding to Literature:
ESL students will improve their reading comprehension in this portion of the program. This focus readies the student for college prep courses across the curriculum. It also readies the student for the non ESL English courses. Students will read and respond to a number of different types of fiction and non-fiction texts
Students learn how to:
– Comprehend what they read
– Respond appropriately to what they read (both verbally and in writing)
– Read novels, short stories, plays, poems and essays
– Read across subject matter (literature, science, history, current events, etc.,)
Grammar & Writing:
In this portion of the ESL program, students have the opportunity to improve their English writing and grammar skills. Focus is on grammar usage within context and improving student writing from sentences to paragraphs to complete essays.
Part of this portion of the ESL program is integrated into the other sections; however, additional workbooks and assignments will be used specifically to target improvement in this subject area.
By the end of the ESL Program, students will be able to
– Use proper subject-verb agreement
– Use different verb tenses and moods
– Use appropriate pronouns
– Use adjectives and adverbs
– Improve sentence structure and complexity
– Use literary devices and figurative language
– Put together sentences to create paragraphs
– Transition between sentences, paragraphs and ideas
– Combine paragraphs to create essays and stories.
– Conjugate verbs properly