Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ECE 180
Course Title:
Early Childhood Professional English A
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Course Description

ECP English A, the first term of a three-term sequence, introduces the academic English used in the fields of early childhood development and education. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are working toward an AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • To successfully complete ECE ___ (ECP English A), students will be able to:

  • Write a clear, satisfactory* short-answer response to a given question (explanation of "satisfactory" below. 

  • Demonstrate ability to understand and use a core ECE vocabulary of approximately 180 words.

  • Demonstrate ability to identify grammatical structures and use them appropriately in a variety of oral and written contexts.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will write and revise subject-specific short answers and observations throughout the term; pass a minimum of 8 vocabulary quizzes; demonstrate familiarity with grammatical constructions; pass a midterm and a final exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Grammar and Mechanics
  2. Rhetorical Skills
  3. Critical Thinking

Competencies and Skills:

A.  Grammar and Mechanics 

  1. Object, subject, and possessive pronouns
  2. €œThere is / There are€ construction
  3. The simple present and  present progressive tenses
  4. Simple and compound sentences
  5. Application of formatting, punctuation, and capitalization rules

B.  Rhetorical Skills

At least two tenses will be the focus of one or more writing assignments focusing on a writing task important in ECE.  For example, observations are typically written in present progressive or past progressive; self-evaluations are typically written in present; interviews in simple past. 

C.  Critical Thinking

  1. Avoid plagiarism
  2. Distinguish between objective and subjective information
  3. Use an English-English dictionary