Spanish-American Institute

ESL Course of Study and Curriculum

 

Revised:Summer 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spanish-american institute

215 West 43 Street    NYC, NY 10036    212.840.7111    fax: 212.719.5922    www.sai2000.org    info@sai2000.org   http://www.facebook.com/studentclub

a not-for-profit, equal educational opportunity institution


Table of Contents

Mission Statement of the Spanish American-Institute. 4

Philosophy. 4

Objectives. 4

ESL Course of Study Goals. 4

ESL Course of Study Learning Outcomes. 4

Placement, Movement and Completion with the ESL Course of Study. 4

Course of Study Sequence. 5

500  English Literacy     (120 hours) 6

Course Description. 6

Course Goals. 6

Course Objectives. 6

Student Learning Outcomes: 6

Instructional Methods. 6

Assessment/Evaluation: 6

Course Outline. 7

501.1  English as a Second Language I     (120 hours) 9

Course Description. 9

Course Goal 9

Course Objectives. 9

Student Learning Outcomes: 9

Instructional Methods. 9

Assessment/Evaluation: 9

Course Outline. 10

501.2  English as a Second Language II              (120 hours) 12

Course Description. 12

Course Goals. 12

Course Objectives. 12

Student Learning Outcomes: 12

Instructional Methods. 12

Assessment/Evaluation: 12

Course Outline. 13

501.3  English as a Second Language III            (120 hours) 15

Course Description. 15

Course Goals. 15

Course Objectives. 15

Student Learning Outcomes: 15

Instructional Methods. 15

Assessment/Evaluation: 15

Course Outline. 16

501.4  English as a Second Language IV       (120 hours) 18

Course Description. 18

Course Goals. 18

Course Objectives. 18

Student Learning Outcomes: 18

Instructional Methods. 18

Assessment/Evaluation: 18

Course Outline. 19

501.5  English as a Second Language V     (120 hours) 21

Course Description. 21

Course Goals. 21

Course Objectives. 21

Student Learning Outcomes: 21

Instructional Methods. 21

Assessment/Evaluation: 22

Course Outline. 22

501.6  English as a Second Language VI     (120 hours) 25

Course Description. 25

Course Goals. 25

Course Objectives. 25

Student Learning Outcomes: 25

Instructional Methods. 25

Assessment/Evaluation: 26

Course Outline. 26

502  Business English            (120 hours) 29

Course Description. 29

Student Learning Outcomes: 29

Instructional Methods. 29

Assessment/Evaluation: 29

Course Outline: 30

503  Advanced Reading and Writing    (120 hours) 32

Course Description. 32

Course Objectives. 32

Student Learning Outcomes. 32

Instructional Methods. 32

Assessment/Evaluation: 32

Course Outline: 33


Mission Statement of the Spanish American-Institute

The Spanish-American Institute's mission is to provide effective English language and business skills training to individuals seeking entry-level office employment, job advancement, further non-academic studies, personal enjoyment or cultural enrichment.

Philosophy

- The Institute serves a largely foreign-born population which faces a double challenge:

·         to acquire entry-level office skills in keyboarding, accounting, computer operation and

·         to improve English language ability.

The Institute believes that students who can anticipate progress on both fronts from the start of classes are more likely to begin and to successfully complete training.  Courses and programs at the Spanish-American Institute permit an individual to pursue these two goals simultaneously.

Objectives

The Institute implements this philosophy through:

·         the establishment and maintenance of an effective faculty,

·         the development of business, computer, and language courses and programs, and

·         the integration of a varied English as a Second Language course sequence.

ESL Course of Study Goals

                                   To provide a high quality, open-entry/open-exit, comprehensive course  of instruction in American English for those whose native language is not English.

                                   To provide a learning environment where one can develop both his/her conversational skills and workplace skills.

                                   To provide effective educational advisement, career and professional information and guidance to English Language Learners.

ESL Course of Study Learning Outcomes

Students completing the ESL PLUS Course of Study will be able to communicate in English with accuracy, fluency and confidence.

Course of Study Requirements for F-1 Student Visa Applicants with ESL-Plus (1920 hours)

In order to pursue a full-time ESL-Plus course of study eligible for F-1 student visa application, students must:

Ø    attend four hours per day, five days per week

Ø    maintain satisfactory academic progress

Ø    have English language skills acquisition as their primary educational objective

Ø    consult with a Faculty Student-Services Associate to select an appropriate sequence of courses from among those ESL-only and ESL-plus courses listed in the catalog.

 Placement, Movement and Completion with the ESL Course of Study

·        Students begin studies at the level corresponding to their current language abilities as determined by the CELSA placement test.

·        Students pass to the next level by successfully completing all course content. 

·        Students remain in the assigned level for the number of hours indicated unless the instructor recommends a higher level.  In order to move to another level, students must demonstrate mastery of student learning outcomes one of two ways:

o         Successful score on bi-monthly assessment, or

o         Successful completion of the assigned MyLab Activities.

·        Students must complete 65% of the course hour terminal outcomes to maintain satisfactory academic progress.  Therefore, the number of hours spent in each course will vary according to course placement at registration and individual achievement of terminal course outcomes.

Course of Study Sequence


500  English Literacy     (120 hours)

Course Description

A basic introduction to English for students who have had little or no prior school experience in English.

Prerequisite(s):  None.

Course Goals

To develop students’ basic ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to simplified spoken English and to produce basic spoken English in social situations; to develop students’ basic ability to comprehend and analyze simplistic texts in English; to develop students’ ability to recognize word order and simple sentence structure.

Course Objectives

Students will learn fundamental literacy skills and basic communicative competence in English needed to successfully continue ESL instruction and/or to participate successfully in the workplace and community.  By the end of the course, students should have developed basic receptive skills for listening and reading American English. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       Recognize frequently used words, phrases and questions in familiar contexts.

o       Respond appropriately to simple questions regarding personal information and present activities.

o       State personal information; and ask for personal information.

o       Use personal information to complete simple forms.

o       Write basic personal information.

o       Write simple sentences using personal information.

o       Recognize personal information in print.

Instructional Methods

Daily classes encourage application of newly-learned skills to everyday situations through conversation, reading, and writing.  Language elements are introduced, used, and reused in different written, oral, and aural situations within contexts drawn from daily life.  Instruction will be supplemented with companion ESL video and music recordings keyed to textbook units.   

Learning Activities:  roleplays, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, controlled conversation practice, creative conversation practice, model and repeat, peer review, journals.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Bi-monthly Assessments

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Textbook: Longman ESL Literacy, Yvonne Wong Nishio, Pearson Longman, 2006 or comparable text. 

Course Outline

Weeks

Topics

Assignments and Tests

 

1-2

Unit 1:  The Alphabet—recognize and say the letters of the alphabet, print capital and small letters, write first and last names, ask and answer questions about names, follow simple classroom instructions, the simple present of “to be,” possessive “’s,” questions with “what?.” 

Unit 1 exercises

 

3-4

Unit 2:  Numbers—read, say, and write numbers “0” through “9,” ask for and give personal information, ask for and give information about phone numbers and addresses, fill out a simple form, initiate and respond to greetings, questions with “what?” and “do you?,” short answers “Yes, I do” or “No, I don’t.”

Unit 2 exercises.

 

 

5-6

Unit 3:  School—identify common classroom objects, identify and ask for the location of important school places, give information about the class and school, questions with “what/when/where?.”

Unit 3 exercises.

 

7-8

 

Unit 4:  Time—tell time, ask for and give information about time, initiate and respond to greetings and leave-taking, identify and name common places in the community or neighborhood, read/say/write numbers “1-100,” simple present affirmative statements, questions with “when/what time?.”

Review prior material for bi-monthly assessment. 
Prior unit review exercises.

Unit 4 exercises.

Week 8 bi-monthly assessment. 

 

9-10

Complete Unit 4:  Time. 

Unit 5:  The Calendar—recognize/say/write the days of the week and months of the year (including abbreviations), say and give the date for today/yesterday/tomorrow, say and write one’s date and place of birth, ask for and give information about date and place of birth, past tense of  “to be” questions with “do you?” with affirmative and negative answers, questions with “when/where?.”

Unit 4 exercises (continued...)

Unit 5 exercises. 

 

11-12

Unit 6:  Money—read/write/say dollar and cent amounts, recognize and add combinations of coins and bills, read and write checks, sequence story events, ask for and give information about the cost of something, identify common money transactions types, make purchases with cash/check/credit cards, recognize and dismiss telemarketers or other solicitors, questions with “how much/how many/may I/do you have?.”

Unit 6 exercises. 

 

13-15

Unit 7:  The Family—make inquiries and give information about the family, initiate and respond to introductions, use the telephone to ask for someone and respond to telephone inquiries, “this is (name relative),” questions with “who/how many, may I?.” 

Unit 7 exercises.

 

16-18

Review prior material for bi-monthly assesssment.
Unit 8:  Food—identify common food and beverages, express personal likes and dislikes, order food and beverages at a restaurant, identify costs of food and beverages, identify the three basic meals, recognize singular and plural noun forms and forms of “to be,” questions with “how much?.”
Unit review exercises.
Week 16 bi-monthly assessment. 
Unit 8 exercises.

 

 

19-21

Unit 9:  Health—say and write the parts of the body, describe and write about feelings and common symptoms of illness or injuries, describe an emergency situation, make inquiries and give information about health, make a doctor’s appointment, call for emergency assistance, “what’s the matter?/what happened?,” questions with “how many, do you, can you?.” 

Unit 9 exercises. 

 

22-24

Unit 10:  Work—identify common occupations, give information about work experiences, read and fill out job applications, use cursive handwriting with capital and small letters, write cursive script signature, imperatives, “do you want to be...?”

Review prior material for bi-monthly assessment. 
Unit 10 exercises. 
Unit review exercises.

Week 24 bi-monthly assessment. 


501.1  English as a Second Language I     (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to understand simple spoken phrases and respond to basic persona information questions.

Prerequisite(s):  Placement test or ESL 500. 

Course Goal

To develop students’ ability to comprehend and respond to spoken English on familiar topics, such as self, school, family, work and everyday activities; to develop students’ ability to comprehend and appropriately use basic grammatical structures in both written and spoken English; to develop students’ ability to identify key ideas in basic texts relating to everyday topics; and to develop students’ ability to construct simple and compound sentences on a familiar topic or idea.

Course Objectives

Students will listen, speak, read and write English at a beginning level.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       State simple descriptions of people, places, routines, likes and dislikes.

o       Respond appropriately to simple questions regarding personal information, present activities, past activities and home, family, work and hobbies.

o       Recognize and identify key ideas in a short passage relating to self, home, family, work, and hobbies.

o       Write simple sentences and compound sentences relating to self, home, family, work, hobbies and present and past activities.

Instructional Methods

Daily classes encourage application of newly-learned skills to everyday situations through conversation, reading, and writing.  Language elements are introduced, used, and reused in different written, oral, and aural situations within contexts drawn from daily life.  Instruction will be supplemented with companion ESL video and music recordings keyed to textbook units.    

Learning Activities: lecture listening, roleplays, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, controlled conversation practice, creative conversation practice, model and repeat, peer review, journals, paragraph modeling.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Textbook: WorldView 1 (or comparable text), Pearson Education, 2002. 

Course Outline

Weeks

Topics

Assignments and Tests

 

1

Unit 1: Here’s My Card

Greetings and leave-takings, introductions; names; the alphabet; “be” simple present, affirmative statements, subject pronouns

WorldView Unit 1 Exercises: 

 

 

2

Unit 2 Title: Meeting People

People introducing themselves and saying what they do

:  “be” simple present; subject pronouns; indefinite articles

WorldView Unit 2 Exercises:

 

 

 

3

Unit 3 Title: Around The World

Nationalities and countries;“ be” simple present; Yes/No questions; short answers and negative statements

WorldView Unit 3 Exercises:

 

 

4

Unit 4 Title: Setting Up a Home Office

Office objects; numbers 20-99:  plurals; “wh-“ questions

Review 1:  units 1-4

WorldView 4 Exercises:

 

 

5

Unit Title: Favorite Things

Free-time activities; possessive adjectives and possessive “’s”

WorldView 5 Exercises:

 

 

6

Unit 6 Title: Interesting Places

Adjectives describing places in the city : There is/There are

WorldView 6 Exercises:

 

 

7

 

Unit 7 Title: Office . . . or Living Room?

Furniture in an office or living room:  prepositions of location

WorldView 7 Exercises:

 

 

8

Unit 8 Title: Celebrations

Holiday celebrations; affirmative statements in simple present

Review 2

WorldView 8 Exercises:

 

Bi-Monthly Assessment

 

9

Unit 9 Title: The Collectors

Objects people collect; numbers 100-1,000,000: simple present Y/N questions, short answers, and negative statements

WorldView 9 Exercises:

 

 

10

Unit 10 Title: The Modern World

Words related to communication:  “wh-“ questions in simple present

WorldView Exercises:

 

 

11

Unit 11 and 12 Titles: Traveling and Shopping

Things taken on vacation; types of transportation; clothes and sizes: “a/an/some/any”; demonstrative adjectives, “this/that/these/those”

WorldView 11 & 12 Exercises:

 

 

12

Unit 13 Title: How sweet it is!

Food:  count and non-count nouns; quantifiers “much/many/a lot of”; Review 3

WorldView 13 Exercises:

 

 

13

Unit 14 Title Job Exchange

Job duties:  modal “can” for ability; World of Music 2

WorldView 14 Exercises:

 

 

14

Units 15 & 16 Titles: Family & In a Cafe

Family members; food and drink:  present continuous and modals “would like/will have/ can” for ordering

WorldView 15 & 16 Exercises:

 

 

15

Unit 17 Title: Hurricane

Weather, seasons,: action and non-action verbs;

WorldView 17 Exercises:

 

 

16

Unit 18 Title: Memories

Clothes; memorable possessions, people, and events;  “be” simple past; Review 4

WorldView 18 Exercises:

 

Bi-Monthly Assessment

 

17

Units 19 & 20 Titles:  A day in the life of . . .  & 

Love At First Sight

Everyday activities:  simple past of regular and irregular verbs (affirmative and negative); real-life love story and common irregular verbs

WorldView Exercises:

 

 

18

Review 5

Unit 21 Title: Life and Times

Important life events; simple past questions

WorldView 21 Exercises:

 

19

Unit 22 Title: It’s On the Right

Parts of a building, asking directions, and ordinal numbers 1st-10th:  imperatives; directions and prepositions of movement

World of Music 3

WorldView 22 Exercises:

 

 

20

Unit 23 Title: Big Plans 

Life changes:  “be going to” for future

WorldView 23 Exercises:

 

 

21

Unit 24 Title:  A New Year

Dates, months, and time; ordinal numbers 11th-31st;  prepositional phrases with time

WorldView 24 Exercises:

 

 

22

Units 25 & 26 Titles:  Be My Guest & North and South

Asking and responding; adjectives describing a country

:  “can/could” modals for permissions and requests; comparative adjectives

WorldView 25 & 26 Exercises:

 

 

23

Unit 27 Title: The Best Food in Town

Adjectives describing restaurants: superlative adjectives

World of Music 4

WorldView 27 Exercises:

 

 

24

Unit Title: On the Phone

Telephoning:  present continuous for future

Review 7

WorldView 28 Exercises:

Bi-Monthly Assessment


501.2  English as a Second Language II              (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to communicate using routine statements related to personal needs, desires, and feelings in familiar social contexts.

Prerequisite(s):  Placement Test or ESL I.

Course Goals

To improve students’ ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to high-beginning spoken English and to improve students’ ability to use spoken English in real world situations; to improve students’ ability to use grammatical structures necessary for expressing the present, the future and the past time; to develop students’ ability to comprehend and analyze high beginning texts. 

Course Objectives

Students will understand, speak, read and write at a basic or high beginning level.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       Express simple statements and questions in the present, past and future time frame related to basic needs and common activities, using previously learned phrases. 

o        Communicate needs and activities using appropriate time frame and vocabulary.

o       Employ simple clarification requests to determine meaning of question or statement.

o       Recognize words that signal differences between present, past and future.

o       Respond appropriately using present, past and future on familiar topics.

o       Interpret short paragraphs on familiar topics.

o       Identify sequence of events in short readings.

o       Examine authentic documents to locate specific information.

o       Produce a paragraph on a familiar topic.

Instructional Methods

An integrated cumulative skills development methodology increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to make meaning from a new language through active learning activities.  Recorded listening passages build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme. 

Learning Activities: lecture listening, roleplays, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, controlled conversation practice, creative conversation practice, model and repeat, peer review, journals, paragraph modeling, peer review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbooks:  P. Merdinger and L. Barton, NorthStar:  Listening & Speaking Level I and Reading & Writing Level I  (3rd Edition), Longman, 2009 (or comparable). 

Course Outline

Each of the text's nine units is divided into the sections listed under “Topics” for weeks 1-3, applying the same format to different themes and content.  : (Teacher will coordinate and integrate Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing units corresponding to the Listening & Speaking units listed below). 

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

Note:  All subsequent units will be organized like Unit 1. 

1-2

Unit 1 Theme:  "Faraway Friends"

Focus on the Topic: 

  Predicting—discussion from visual prompt    

  Sharing Information—individual and group

  Preparing to Listen Background Reading and Vocabulary for Comprehension

Focus on Listening

Listenings  One and Two:

  Listening for Main Ideas

  Listening for Details

  Listening Between the Lines

  Linking Listening One and Two

Focus on Speaking

  Vocabulary

  Grammar—present and past of “to be”

  Speaking (Pronunciation--Rhythm, Function—Asking for More Information, Production--Introductions, Alternative Speaking Topics, Research Topics)

 

1.      Share information about visiting or living in another country.

2.      Interpret graphics and read about Friendship Force Member Countries

3.      Listen for main ideas, for details, make inferences, and express opinions,

4.      Integrate listenings  one and two.

5.      Vocabulary cloze exercise.

6.      Expand a theme orally and in writing.

7.      Use correct form of “be” in a Cloze passage.

8.      Practice introductions using correct rhythm.

9.      Ask for more information.

10.  Introduce a friend to two classmates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Unit 2 Theme:  Recycled Fashion

 

 

4

Unit 3 Theme:  Rap Music

 

 

5

Unit 4 Theme:  Something  Valuable

 

 

6

Unit 5 Theme:  Together is Better

 

 

7-8

Unit 6 Theme:  Thinking Young: Creativity in Business

 

Bi-Monthly exam, week 8

Bi-monthly assessment, week 8.

9-10

Unit 7 Theme:  Planting Trees for Peace

 

11-12

Unit 8 Theme:  Driving You Crazy

 

13-14

Unit 9 Theme:  Only Child—Lonely Child?

 

 

15-16

Unit 10 Theme:  The Beautiful

Review for exam. 

 

Bi-monthly assessment, week 8.

rev. 2/04, 2/07, 4/10, 4/11, 2/2012


501.3  English as a Second Language III            (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to communicate in familiar job, social or everyday situations in standard American English.   Prerequisite(s):  Placement Test or ESL II.

Course Goals

To broaden students’ ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to spoken English and to use spoken English in a variety of work and social situations; to broaden students’ ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures in written and spoken English in non-academic settings; to broaden students’ ability to comprehend texts in English; to increase students’ fluency in producing written language.

Prerequisite(s):  Placement Test or ESL II.

Course Objectives

Students will read and listen to a variety of sources with general understanding; express ideas orally and in written form with fluency. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       Recognize main ideas and details in conversations and short lectures. 

o        Communicate needs, activities and events using appropriate time frame and vocabulary.

o       Employ clarification strategies.

o       Apply linguistic, socio-cultural and other background knowledge and strategies to understand the intent of a speaker and to respond appropriately.

o       Speak so others can understand by recalling and using limited vocabulary including words related to common, everyday topics, personal experience, know and use basic grammar and sentence structure and appropriate level of formality.

o       Interpret short paragraphs on familiar topics.

o       Predict meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary with contextual clues.

o       Identify sequence of events in short readings.

o       Examine authentic documents to locate specific information.

o       Convey ideas in a paragraph with detailed information.

Instructional Methods

An integrated cumulative skills development methodology increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to make meaning in a new language through active learning activities.  Recorded listening passages build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme.  Instruction is supplemented with ESL audio and video material keyed to textbook units.     

Learning Activities: lecture listening, roleplays, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, controlled conversation practice, creative conversation practice, model and repeat. journals, process writing, peer review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbook:  NorthStar Listening &  Speaking Level II and Reading & Writing Level II (3rd Edition., Pearson Education, (or comparable text).  (formerly NorthStar: Basic/Low Intermediate)

Course Outline

(Teacher will coordinate and integrate Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing units corresponding to the Listening & Speaking units listed below).

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

Introduction to NorthStar method.

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  Work

Communication Focus:  making predictions, expressing and defending opinions

Grammar Focus:  descriptive adjectives

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  The Country and the City

Communication Focus:  sharing opinions, expressing agreement with “too” and “not either”; making past tense statements

Grammar Focus:  simple past tense

Unit 2 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  Money

Communication Focus:  making suggestions and coming to an agreement, comparing products, asking and answering questions

Grammar Focus:  comparative adjectives

Unit 3 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay.

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme:  Animals

Communication Focus:  expressing opinions, constructing and performing a dialogue, asking for more information, asking and answering information questions

Unit 4 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet.   

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Cell Phone Etiquette

Communication Focus:  comparing and discussing solutions, expressing likes and dislikes

Grammar Focus:  verbs plus gerunds and infinitives

Unit 5 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet. 

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme:  Male and Female Roles

Communication Focus:  making predictions, expressing opinions, using intonation to denote attitude, agreeing and disagreeing, asking and answering questions about daily habits

Grammar Focus:  adverbs and expressions of frequency

Unit Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme:  Food

Communication Focus:  making predictions, sharing opinions, comparing and discussing solutions, politely expressing wants, discussing a shopping list

Grammar Focus:  count and non-count nouns

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

16

Review, Units 4-7 (partial unit 7)

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly assessment

17

NorthStar Unit 7 continued.  

 

Unit 7 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet.

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  Travel

Communication Focus:  making polite requests, conducting and interview, agreeing and disagreeing, asking and answering travel questions

Grammar Focus:  “can/can’t”

Unit 8 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

Handbook reading and exercises corresponding to grammar focus of NorthStar text

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  Health and Illness

Communication Focus:  making predictions and expressing opinions, expressing concern about health, giving and receiving advice

Grammar Focus:  “should/ought to/have to”

Unit 9 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme:  Endangered Languages

Communication Focus:  sharing background information, making predictions and expressing opinions, giving examples to explain a general statement, interpreting statistics

Unit 10 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write a short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly assessment

 rev. 2/05, 2/07, 4/10, 2/2012


501.4  English as a Second Language IV       (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to respond to multi-step directions and communicate using formal and information language in a variety of situations.  Students follow written instructions, read narratives and interpret material.

Prerequisite(s):  Placement Test or ESL III.

Course Goals

To deepen students’ ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to natural, authentic spoken English; to use spoken English in a variety of social, school, and professional settings; to deepen students’ ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures in both written and spoken English in various contexts; to deepen students’ ability to comprehend and analyze authentic texts; to deepen students’ ability to organize information and produce summaries.

Course Objectives

Students will read and listen to a variety of sources; express his/her ideas orally and in written form with fluency and clarity. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       State detailed descriptions of events, activities and personal experiences.

o        Identify main ideas and some details of extended conversations and broadcasts.

o       Employ clarification strategies.

o       Speak so others can understand to recall and use high-frequency vocabulary, display control of basic grammar and a variety of sentence types.

o       Read with understanding to decode and recognize most everyday and some unfamiliar words.

o       Identify sequence of events in extensive readings.

o       Examine and analyze authentic documents to locate specific information.

o       Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing.

o       Convey ideas in a short essay with detailed information.

o       Identify and modify sentences for time frame errors and mechanics, such as spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

Instructional Methods

An integrated cumulative skills development methodology increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to make meaning from a new language through active learning activities.  Recorded listening passages build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme.  Instruction will be supplemented with ESL audio and video material keyed to textbook units

Learning Activities: lecture listening, note taking roleplays, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, creative conversation practice, model and repeat, journals, process writing, peer review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbook:  NorthStar:  Listening & Speaking Level III and Reading & Writing Level III 3rd  Edition, (or comparable text).  (formerly NorthStar: Intermediate)

Course Outline

(Teacher will coordinate and integrate Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing units corresponding to the Listening & Speaking units listed below).

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  Advertising

Communication Focus:  making predictions, offering advice with imperatives, inferring word meaning, supporting answers with lecture information, comparing and contrasting, etc.

Grammar Focus:  imperatives

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

NorthStar unit exercises.

Handbook reading and exercises for unit grammar

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  Extreme Sports

Communication Focus:  discussing sports, elaborating extemporaneously, questioning preferences, defending opinions, inferring information, correlating examples, ranking activities, etc. 

Grammar Focus:  modals of preference

Unit 2 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

Handbook reading and exercises for unit grammar 

Student video activity sheet

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  Fraud

Communication Focus:  sharing experiences, making predictions, recounting experiences, defending opinions, facilitating discussion, making comparisons, inferring meaning, hypothesizing outcomes, etc.

Grammar Focus:  equatives and comparatives

Unit 3 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

Handbook reading and exercises for

grammar focus of NorthStar text. 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay.

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly Assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme:  Storytelling

Communication Focus:  making predictions; storytelling with adjectives, adverbs, and details; composing descriptive sentences; making statements of purpose, recording a story summary, analyzing storytelling techniques, analyzing and describing characters, matching actions to consequences, etc.

Grammar Focus:  infinitives of purpose

Unit 4 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Language

Communication Focus: making predictions, comparing past and present abilities with modals, presenting a plan, etc.

Grammar Focus:  modals of ability and possibility

Unit 5 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme: Tourism (first half of unit)

Communication Focus:  making predictions, defending opinions, using transition, summarizing an interview, reevaluating advantages and disadvantages, interpreting word usage, analyzing and proposing solutions

Grammar Focus:  simple past tense

Unit 6 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme:  Humor

Communication Focus:  making predictions, sharing opinions, giving examples, discussing preferences, asking for repetition or clarification, etc.

Grammar Focus: “Wh-“ questions

NorthStar unit exercises.

  

16

Review, Units 4-7 (includes first half of unit 7)

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher  (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly assessment

17

NorthStar Unit 7 (second half of unit continued)

Unit 7 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

  Student video activity sheet.

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  Fashion

Communication Focus:  making predictions, expressing opinions, giving impromptu definitions, manipulating intonations for meaning, comparing and contrasting, analyzing word ,interpreting significance 

Grammar Focus:  “used to”

Unit 8 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  Punishment

Communication Focus:  sharing background information, making predictions and expressing opinions, supporting opinion, asking and answering questions, summarizing observations, recognizing personal assumptions, evaluating argument’s persuasiveness, comparing and contrasting past and present practices

Grammar Focus:  present perfect tense

Unit 9 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme:  Marriage

Communication Focus:  making predictions and expressing opinions, using word stress for meaning, interrupting politely, interpreting quotations, supporting opinions with information, developing arguments for or against an issue, evaluating the quality of arguments

Grammar Focus:  articles

Unit 10 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

rev. 2/05, 2/07, 2/08, 4/10, 2/2012


501.5  English as a Second Language V     (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to understand sustained conversations and instructions and to communicate independently in various situations.  Students apply reading strategies and critical thinking skills.  Students write and edit an organized piece of writing.

Prerequisite(s):  Placement Test or ESL IV.

Course Goals

To expand students’ ability to comprehend and respond timely and appropriately to natural, authentic spoken English; to use spoken English in a variety of social, school and professional settings; to expand students’ ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures in both written and spoken English in social, entry-level office employment, further non-academic studies, personal enjoyment or cultural enrichment  and professional contexts; to expand students’ ability to comprehend, analyze and synthesize authentic texts; to deepen students’ ability to organize information and produce summaries.

Course Objectives

Students will listen, speak, read and write at a high intermediate level.  Students will communicate effectively and appropriately in standard American English.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       State detailed descriptions of events, activities and experiences.

o        Identify main ideas and details of extended conversations, lectures and broadcasts.

o       Apply linguistic, socio-cultural and other background knowledge and strategies to understand fully the literal and implied intent of the speaker.

o       Employ clarification strategies.

o       Respond timely and appropriately using present, past and future and modal forms on social, and professional topics.

o       Interpret short paragraphs on social, professional and school topics.

o       Speak so others can understand to recall and use sufficient wide-ranging vocabulary as well as control of basic grammar and a variety of sentence types.

o       Predict meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary with contextual clues.

o       Identify sequence of events in extensive readings and lectures.

o       Examine and analyze authentic documents to locate specific detailed information.

o       Convey ideas in an essay.

o       Identify and modify written work for structural errors and mechanics, such as spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

Instructional Methods

An integrated cumulative skills development methodology increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to make meaning from a new language through active learning activities.  Recorded listening passages build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme.  Instruction will be supplemented with ESL audio and video material keyed to textbook units.

Learning Activities: lecture listening, note taking, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, application activities with grammatical structures, creative conversation practice, journals, process writing, peer review, self-review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbook:  NorthStar:  Listening &  Speaking and Reading & Writing Level IV, 3rd Edition, (or comparable text).  (formerly NorthStar: High Intermediate)  

Course Outline

(Teacher will coordinate and integrate Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing units corresponding to the Listening & Speaking units listed below).

Weeks

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

Review of NorthStar method.

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  Media

Communication Focus:  making predictions, summarizing points, making inferences and interpreting data, expressing and defending opinions. Grammar Focus:  passive voice. 

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  Overcoming Obstacles

Communication Focus:  making predictions; analyzing narrative techniques in an essay; hypothesizing another’s point of view; analyzing sensitive language (pertaining to disabilities); inferring meaning not explicit in the text, comparing and contrasting (life histories); framing contrasting points of view; using synonyms, parallelism, and prepositional phrases to enrich a narrative. 

Grammar Focus:  gerunds and infinitives

Unit 2 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  Medicine

Communication Focus:  making contrastive statements with appropriate intonation, interrupting politely to clarify or confirm information, interpreting a cartoons and a quotation, comparing and contrasting

Grammar Focus:  present unreal conditionals

Unit 3 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing essay.

Write an essay based on topic assigned by teacher (to become part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly Assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme:  Natural Disasters

Communication Focus: using context clues to guess meaning, analyzing a speaker’s emotions, inferring meaning from context, hypothesizing another’s point of view, making judgments, supporting opinions with information from reports, sharing personal experiences and fears, expressing reactions to news

Grammar Focus: adjective clauses

Unit 4 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Conservation

Communication Focus: interpreting quotations, drawing conclusions, supporting generalizations with examples, analyzing symbolism in a poem, reading or reciting a poem aloud

Grammar Focus:  advisability in the past using past modals

Unit 5 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme: Philanthropy

Communication Focus:  making judgments, identifying personal assumptions (about philanthropy), correlating abstract principles with concrete examples, comparing and contrasting information, asking for clarifications using tag questions, using gambits to indicate priorities

Grammar Focus:  tag questions

Unit 6 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme: Education (1st half of unit)

Communication Focus:  defining notions of intelligence, identifying and analyzing assumptions (about intelligence), connecting principles (of emotional intelligence) to specific behaviors, analyzing past encounters according to principles (of emotional intelligence), using opening gambits to restate information for clarification or emphasis, restating quotations

Grammar Focus:  direct an indirect speech

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

16

Review, Units 4-7 (partial unit 7)

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (to become part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly assessment

17

NorthStar Unit 7 (2nd half of unit) 

 

 

 

Unit 7 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

Student video activity sheet.

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  Food

Communication Focus:  identifying and analyzing (food) trends, relating general factors to specific behaviors, comparing traditional and contemporary (food) practices, comparing and contrasting (restaurants), inferring situational context

Grammar Focus: phrasal verbs

Unit 8 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  Immigration

Communication Focus:  recognizing personal assumptions, inferring meaning, analyzing language usage, comparing and contrasting (2 immigrant experiences), proposing solutions, practicing gambits to hesitate in response to a questions, asking and answering questions about data. 

Grammar Focus:  present and past—contrasting verb tenses

Unit 9 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme: Technology 

Communication Focus: interpreting cartoons, comparing opinions (about technology), analyzing paradox (in a poem), making judgments, drawing conclusions, defining a problem and proposing a solution, discussing probable future outcomes, practicing gambits to express frustration

Grammar Focus:  future perfect and future progressive

Unit 10 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (to become part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly assessment

2/05, 2/07, 2/08, 4/10


501.6  English as a Second Language VI     (120 hours)

Course Description

Prepares students to understand and communicate independently in authentic situations.  Students apply reading strategies and critical thinking strategies when reading materials from a variety of sources.  Students write and present their ideas with fluency and clarity.  Prerequisite(s):  ESL Placement Test or ESL V.

Course Goals

To enhance students’ ability to comprehend, analyze and respond timely and appropriately to natural, authentic spoken English in a wide variety of settings; to broaden students’ spoken English through the employment of appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns; to enhance students’ ability to comprehend and correctly use grammatical structures in social, school and professional contexts; to expand students’ ability to comprehend, analyze and synthesize authentic texts in a wide variety of settings; to deepen students’ ability to organize information, produce summaries and evaluations; to increase students’ ability to produce written language for a variety of settings.

Course Objectives

Students will listen, speak, read, and write using longer compound and complex sentences and more extensive vocabulary than expected of ESL V students.  They will apply language skills at a higher level of critical thinking to make predictions, express and defend opinions, summarize information, retell a conversation, and compare and contrast.   

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

o       State detailed descriptions of events, activities and experiences with both fluency and clarity.

o        Identify main ideas, and supporting details of extended conversations, lectures and broadcasts.

o       Employ discourse connectors.

o       Use advanced strategies to repair gaps in understanding, to ask questions to deepen comprehension and to give feedback appropriate to the situation.

o       Respond timely and appropriately using a wide variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

o       Interpret readings on social, professional and school topics.

o       Predict content in readings.

o       Identify events and activities in extensive readings and lectures.

o       Examine, analyze and synthesize authentic documents to locate specific detailed information.

o       Convey ideas in an organized essay with a clear thesis, supporting ideas and details.

o       Identify and modify written work for organizational and grammatical errors and mechanics, such as spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

Instructional Methods

An integrated cumulative skills development methodology increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to make meaning from a new language through active learning activities.  Recorded listening passages build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme.  Instruction will be supplemented with ESL audio and video material keyed to textbook units

Learning Activities: lecture listening, note taking, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, application activities with grammatical structures, creative conversation practice, journals, process writing, peer review, self-review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbook:  NorthStar:  Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing Level V, 3rd Edition, (or comparable text); Longman Dictionary of American English now with Thesaurus, 3rd or later edition, Pearson, 2004 (recommended).   (formerly NorthStar: Advanced)

Course Outline

(Teacher will coordinate and integrate Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing units corresponding to the Listening & Speaking units listed below).

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

Review of NorthStar method.

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  The Internet and Other Addictions

Communication Focus:  making predictions, expressing and defending opinions, using vocabulary in guided conversation, conducting a survey and reporting results, etc.  

Grammar Focus:  wish statements (expressing unreality). 

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  Celebration, Florida:  Disney’s Utopia

Communication Focus:  making predictions; summarizing ideas, expressing conjecture, making a short oral presentation.

Grammar Focus:  noun clauses after verbs of urgency.

Unit 2 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  The Bold and the Bashful

Communication Focus:  making predictions, expressing and defending opinions, using new vocabulary in extemporaneous responses, describing one’s personality, using gambits (to express uncertainty, to break the ice, and to maintain a conversation), presenting research results

Grammar Focus:  identifying and nonidentifying adjective clauses

Unit 3 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing essay.

Write an essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme:  The Tipping Point

Communication Focus:  using metaphors, using introductory expressions to restate, presenting findings

Grammar Focus: adverbs clauses of result

Unit 4 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.    

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Feng Shui: Ancient Wisdom Travels West

Communication Focus: summarizing information, expressing and defending opinions, using new vocabulary and discourse connectors

Grammar Focus:  spoken discourse connectors

Unit 5 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme: Spiritual Renewal

Communication Focus:  brainstorming motivations, summarizing using new vocabulary, using hesitation in extemporaneous responses, planning and presenting a longer oral presentation, etc.

Grammar Focus:  Count and non-count nouns and their quantifiers

Unit 6 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15-16

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme: Workplace Privacy

Communication Focus:  Brainstorming language of privacy, making predictions, practicing correct stress patterns, conducting short interviews and summarizing finding, etc. 

Grammar Focus:  two forms and meanings of verb+gerund

Unit 7 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity worksheet

17

Review, Units 4-7

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  Warriors Without Weapons

Communication Focus:  comparing background experiences, using opening gambits, defending opinions, posing and respond to questions with new vocabulary, retelling a conversation, etc.

Grammar Focus: direct and indirect speech

Unit 8 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises

 

 

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  Boosting Brain Power through the Arts

Communication Focus:  comparing knowledge and reactions, summarizing information, using figurative language, using transitions to compare and contrast, etc.

Grammar Focus:  passive voice and passive causative

Unit 9 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme: Television and Freedom of Expression

Communication Focus: making predictions, supporting an opinion with examples, using new vocabulary in a role play, using phrasal verbs, expressing degrees of certainty with modals, using gambits, conducting short interviews and summarizing findings, etc.

Grammar Focus:  modals to express degrees of certainty

Unit 10 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Write short essay based on topic assigned by teacher (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly Exam

rev. 10/05, 2/07, 4/10, 2012


502  Business English            (120 hours)

Course Description

Business English teaches English language skills designed to help students communicate more successfully in a business and real world environment.  The course emphasizes writing as a process of development that includes drafting, writing, editing, and reading that conveys the writer’s intentions clearly and correctly.    Prerequisite(s)/Co-requisite:  ESL Placement Test, English 501.5 or equivalent

Course Goals: To broaden students’ ability to communicate clearly and fluently in a professional setting; to broaden students’ spoken English through the employment of appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns; to enhance students’ ability to comprehend and correctly use grammatical structures appropriate in professional contexts; to expand students’ ability to comprehend, analyze and synthesize workplace related texts; to increase students’ ability to produce written documents required in a professional setting.

Course Objectives: Students will read intensively and write extensively.  Students will develop vocabulary and clear pronunciation needed for a professional business setting.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Employ different patterns of development in writing.
  • Recognize how context affects meaning, grammar, and other writing choices.
  • Recognize and correctly use English grammar in context with an emphasis upon grammar and usage issues for ESL writers.
  • Identify and use correct punctuation, mechanics, and spelling in business and real world writing.
  • Identify and restate main ideas, implied meanings and supporting details.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions orally and in written form.

Instructional Methods

Students develop reading and writing skills from an integrated cumulative skills approach that increases language retention and fluency by stimulating students to create meaning in a new language through active learning activities.  Longer reading passages and recorded listening passages, and videos build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students are guided through the writing process, followed by practice in context activities that allow them to apply each new writing concept to their own writing.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme. 

Learning Activities: lecture listening, note taking, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, application activities with grammatical structures, creative conversation practice, journals, process writing, peer review, self-review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbooks:  NorthStar: Reading and Writing 4, 3rd Edition., Pearson Education, (or comparable text).  Longman Dictionary of American English now with Thesaurus, 3rd or later edition, Pearson, 2004 (recommended). 

Course Outline:

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  Media

Communication Focus:  classifying information, drawing conclusions, developing topic sentences, writing a letter to the editor, etc.

Grammar Focus:  passive voice. 

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  Overcoming Obstacles

Communication Focus:  comparing and contrasting, finding correlations, writing a three-part paragraph, editing extraneous information, composing supporting sentences using transitions, summarizing research in a report, etc.

Grammar Focus:  gerunds and infinitives

Unit 2 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises. 

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  Medicine

Communication Focus: comparing and contrasting, drawing logical conclusions, writing an opinion essay with evidence, summarizing research, etc

Grammar Focus:  past unreal conditionals

Unit 3 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing essays.

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme:  Natural Disasters

Communication Focus: classifying information, analyzing descriptive language, writing descriptive sentences and paragraphs, writing a paragraph that underscores similarities, using adjectives for description, etc. 

Grammar Focus: identifying adjective clauses

Unit 4 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Conservation

Communication Focus: comparing observations, identifying language of cause and effect, writing cause and effect sentences and essay, using subordinate conjunctions and transitions to express cause and effects

Grammar Focus:  advisability and obligation in the past

Unit 5 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme: Philanthropy

Communication Focus:  identifying opinions, relating specific examples to broad themes, expressing an opinion in a letter, writing an essay

Grammar Focus:  tag questions

Unit 6 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme: Education (1st half of unit)

Communication Focus: evaluating and classifying, comparing and contrasting, using concessive language, writing an opinion essay, write dependent clauses

Grammar Focus:  direct and indirect speech

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

. 

16

Review, Units 4-7 (partial unit 7)

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

17

NorthStar Unit 7 (2nd half of unit) 

 

Unit 7 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises 

Student video activity sheet.

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  Food

Communication Focus:  comparing and contrasting information, writing narrative, practicing parallel structure and sentence variation

Grammar Focus: phrasal verbs

Unit 8 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises

 

 

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  Immigration

Communication Focus:  classifying; interpreting, comparing, and contrasting imagery; writing a compare and contrast essay, using transitional expressions and subordinating conjunctions, etc.

Grammar Focus:  past perfect and time words

Unit 9 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme: Technology 

Communication Focus: comparing and contrasting, supporting inferences with examples, taking notes, developing an essay from an outline

Grammar Focus:  future progressive and time clauses

Unit 10 Video Sequence

NorthStar unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly assessment)

Bi-monthly Assessment

rev. 6/06, 4/10, 2/2012


503  Advanced Reading and Writing    (120 hours)

Course Description

Advanced Reading and Writing develops advanced English language skills through close examination of reading passages, through objective discussion of reading, and through paragraph and short essay writing.  The course develops personal, school, and workplace advanced English reading, writing, and oral presentation skills at the multi-paragraph and document level.  Prerequisite(s)/Co-requisite:  Placement Test, English 501.6 (level VI) or equivalent.

Course Goals: To broaden students’ ability to communicate clearly and fluently in an school or professional setting; to broaden students’ spoken English through the employment of appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns; to enhance students’ ability to comprehend and correctly use grammatical structures appropriate in school and professional contexts; to expand students’ ability to comprehend, analyze and synthesize school and professional texts; to increase students’ ability to produce written documents required in an school and professional setting.

Course Objectives

Students will read intensively and write extensively to develop rhetorical patterns necessary for successful entry-level office employment, job advancement, further non-academic studies, personal enjoyment or cultural enrichment..  Students will give oral presentations that are organized and fluent.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Employ different patterns of development in writing.
  • Recognize how context affects meaning, grammar, and other writing choices.
  • Recognize and correctly use English grammar in context with an emphasis upon grammar and usage issues for ESL writers.
  • Identify and use correct punctuation, mechanics, and spelling in real world writing.
  • Identify and restate main ideas, implied meanings and supporting details.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions both orally and in written form.

Instructional Methods

Students develop language skills from an integrated cumulative skills approach that increases retention and fluency by stimulating them to create meaning in a new language.  Longer reading passages, recorded listening passages, and videos build on vocabulary and ideas from background material and exercises.  Students are guided through the writing process, followed by practice in context activities to apply each new writing concept to their own writing.  Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups on guided, linked activities built around each unit's theme. 

Learning Activities: Note taking, pair work, small group work, practice grammatical structures in context, application activities with grammatical structures, creative conversation practice, journals, process writing, peer review, self-review.

Assessment/Evaluation:

Students are required to complete all in-class and homework assignments. 

Students are required to take Unit Assessments at the end of each unit.

Students are required to take the Course Exit Exam.

Grading:  The final grade is based on the following:

Class Participation

15%

Assignments

35%

Unit Exams

30%

Exit Exam

20%

Total

100%

The grading scale is:  A=90-100%, B+=85-89%, B=80-84%, C+=75-79%, C=70-74%, D=65-69%, F=60-64%

**Grade of C is required to move to the next level, in addition to successful completion of exit exam.

Students may be eligible for early exit based on successful completion of MyLab activities or early Exit Exam. 

Textbooks:  NorthStar 5 Reading and Writing Level 5, 3rd ed., Pearson Education, 2009 (or comparable text); Longman Dictionary of American English now with Thesaurus, 3rd or later edition, Pearson, 2004 (recommended). 

Course Outline:        

Week

Topics

Assignments and Tests

1-3

NorthStar Unit 1 Theme:  Addiction

Communication Focus: supporting answers; inferring non-explicit information; identifying argument’s logic; writing summary paragraphs, personal letters, reports, etc.   

Grammar Focus:  past unreal conditionals. 

Unit 1 Video Sequence. 

Unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

4-5

NorthStar Unit 2 Theme:  Lying

Communication Focus: recognizing personal attitudes and values, developing thesis statements and introductory paragraphs, writing statements of opinion using noun clauses; summarizing research, etc.

Grammar Focus:  double comparatives

Unit 2 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet

6-7

NorthStar Unit 3 Theme:  Personality

Communication Focus:  identifying personality traits; analyzing character and motivation, writing short statements of advice; combining sentences using relative pronouns; writing a short article; summarizing an interview, etc.  

Grammar Focus:  identifying and nonidentifying adjective clauses

Unit 3 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

8

Review, Units 1-3

Drafting, editing, and re-writing essay.

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly assessment

Bi-monthly Assessment

9-10

NorthStar Unit 4 Theme: Trends

Communication Focus: identifying and interpreting trends, examining imagery and symbolism, analyzing author’s purpose, writing cause-and-effect paragraphs and essays, combining sentences using discourse connectors and adverb clauses

Grammar Focus: adverb clauses and discourse connectors to express cause and effect

Unit 4 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

11-12

NorthStar Unit 5 Theme:  Cross-Cultural Insights

Communication Focus: comparing and contrasting , identifying point of view, inferring characters’ attitudes and feelings, writing a compare-and-contrast essay, etc. 

Grammar Focus:  adverb clauses of comparison and contrast

Unit 5 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet. 

13-14

NorthStar Unit 6 Theme: Religion

Communication Focus: relating supporting details to main ideas, supporting answers with information; writing a definition essay; paraphrasing quotations; writing summary statements, essay responses, and reports, etc.  

Grammar Focus:  definite and indefinite articles; count and non-count nouns.

Unit 6 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

15-16

NorthStar Unit 7 Theme: Business (1st half of unit)

Communication Focus: assessing personal traits, analyzing a case study, evaluating and writing about advantages and disadvantages, writing persuasive statements, composing transitional sentences, summarizing questionnaire data

Grammar Focus:  infinitives and gerunds

Review, Units 4-7 (partial unit 7)

Drafting, editing, and re-writing short essay. 

Unit exercises.

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly assessment

Bi-monthly assessment, week 16.

17

NorthStar Unit 7 (2nd half of unit) 

 

Unit 7 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

Student video activity sheet.

18-19

NorthStar Unit 8 Theme:  The Military

Communication Focus:  recognizing personal values and assumptions; making generalizations; writing summaries, a personal letter, a dialog, etc. 

Grammar Focus: direct and indirect speech

Unit 8 Video Sequence

Unit exercises

 

 

Student video activity sheet

20-21

NorthStar Unit 9 Theme:  The Arts

Communication Focus: theorizing motivations, analyzing descriptive language, writing a descriptive paragraph, evaluating passive voice usage

Grammar Focus:  use of the passive voice

Unit 9 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.  

22-23

NorthStar Unit 10 Theme: Poverty

Communication Focus: identifying personal assumptions, analyzing argumentative language, writing argumentatively in different document forms, etc. 

Grammar Focus:  noun clauses in apposition

Unit 10 Video Sequence

Unit exercises.

 

 

Student video activity sheet.   

24

Review, Units 8-10.

Drafting, editing, and re-writing essay. 

Assigned essay (part of bi-monthly grade)

Bi-monthly Assessment

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