Kennedy High School ESOL Course Descriptions

ESOL 1
This course is for students with limited or no English skills. This class provides extensive listening, speaking, reading and writing practice. Learning involves repetition, the use of visuals, modeling, and acting. Students are allowed more time to work on assignments that involve reading and writing.

ESOL 1 Academic Language
This course helps students develop basic vocabulary for Math, Science and Social Studies. Also students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. There is an extra emphasis on building computer skills and study skills.

ESOL 1 Basic Reading
This course helps students develop basic reading skills such as letter recognition, phonics, and reading of sight words. This course also focuses on building reading strategies such as skimming material, identifying main ideas and details. We cover a variety of reading materials such as informational text, short stories, and poems.

ESOL 2
This course is for students with limited English skills. Students practice listening, speaking, reading and writing using mostly the simple present, simple past and some future tenses. Learning involves vocabulary building, repetition, the use of visuals, modeling, and acting. Students are allowed more time to work on assignments that involve reading and writing.

ESOL 3
Students are able to communicate verbally in English but need to develop stronger academic reading and writing skills. Further vocabulary building is offered, along with practice in writing organized, structured paragraphs and essays. Students practice more complex grammar such as past progressive, present perfect, present perfect continuous, past perfect, past perfect continuous, future and modals.

Academic Reading
This course helps students build reading skills by following the READ180 curriculum, modified for English Language Learners. This course also focuses on strengthening a variety of reading strategies such as identifying main ideas, text features and details. We cover a variety of reading materials such as informational text, short stories, and novels. There is practice of using context to determine meaning of new words, as well as a study of word parts. Students will work in small groups and on the computer.

ESOL 4
Students in this course are able to communicate with ease. Extensive reading and writing skills a modeled and practiced. Developing different types of essays, such as narrative, explanatory and persuasive essays, is a major writing focus. Students will demonstrate knowledge of all verb tenses including the conditional.

ESOL 5
Students are able to communicate fluently in English in various types of settings. Students strengthen academic reading skills by learning more vocabulary and demonstrating the ability to use context to determine meaning. Students improve writing skills such as essay writing as well as researching skills. Students review and demonstrate a strong understanding of all verb tenses in speaking and writing.


If you would like more information or have questions, contact our ESOL Resource Teacher, Elizabeth Fuhrman, at 301-962-5946 or Elizabeth_Fuhrman@mcpsmd.org.