English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Middle School

Courses

Level 1 (1261)

This course is designed to teach English as a new language to Entering ESOL students. The four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated as they practice oral and written language in an academic context. Students have various learning activities that emphasize vocabulary development and oral fluency. This course meets for a double period every day.

Level 2 (1262)

This course is designed to teach English as a new language to Emerging ESOL students. Students continue to develop proficiency in four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and are integrated as they practice oral and written language in a variety of academic contexts. Learning experiences are provided to support students as they read informational and literary texts.

Students also learn to respond to factual questions and write paragraph summaries about their readings. This course meets for a double period every day.

Level 3 (1263)

This course is designed to teach English as a new language to Developing ESOL students. The four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated as students practice oral and written language in an academic context.

Students at this level of language proficiency understand basic vocabulary dealing with everyday home and school life. Students learn to analyze reading passages and respond to both factual and inferential questions as they read and discuss both literary and informational texts. Students practice speaking fluency, applying editing skills to their writing, and composing different types of paragraphs using grammatical structures that have been taught. This course meets for a single period every day.

Level 4 (1264)

This course is designed to teach English as a new language to Expanding ESOL students. The four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated as students practice applying language using a variety of academic functions, academic vocabulary, and grammatical structures in context, both orally and in writing, for a variety of academic purposes in discourse. Students practice using various reading strategies while reading a variety of literary and informational texts. Students practice writing single-text and multipleparagraph essays. In this course, they review known text structures (problem and solution, sequence, main idea and detail, comparison and contrast); study text structure as a guide to increased comprehension; and focus on cause and effect as a structure. Students study poetry, its elements, and its interpretation as they read, analyze, and respond to poetry. They discuss and write comparisons of related ideas in two forms— poetry and prose. This course meets for a single period every day.

Level 5 (1265)

This course is designed to teach English as a new language to Bridging ESOL students. Students practice applying language in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, both orally and in writing, during extended discourse. As students expand their vocabulary and increase their control of English, they practice using sophisticated sentence structures by connecting ideas and combining sentences to form compound or complex sentences, in context, when speaking and writing. Students focus on expressing their ideas in a paragraph format. Emphasis is placed on forming introductory and concluding paragraphs. Students employ the writing process to produce five-paragraph essays. Students also select a research topic, research the topic, analyze the data, write a report, and make a presentation. In order to become more effective essay and report writers, students learn about paraphrasing and plagiarism. While conducting research, students practice using electronic-literacy skills. This course meets for a single period every day.

Academic Acceleration for English Language Learners (AAELL) (#1267)

This course is designed to teach English a new language to Advanced ESOL students who have not exited the ESOL program. Students deepen their ability to process and produce the academic language of College and Career Readiness Standards. They demonstrate their knowledge of language, the conventions of standard English, and vocabulary usage as they interpret facts, make claims and evaluate evidence, make arguments, and engage in discourse around complex texts about various topics and contexts. They listen, speak, read and write using multimedia and texts sets that include literary and expository texts.