Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 10 Effective Summer 2015

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Level 1 Integrated Skills
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Course Description

Develops low-beginning English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for adult learners in their roles as family and community members, workers, citizens and lifelong learners. Promotes the process of combining knowledge, skills, and problem-solving strategies. First course in the eight-level ESOL sequence. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test within the past 12 months OR instructor permission

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. read, understand, and respond to level appropriate text;
2. write three to five simple sentences;
3. manage basic interactions, in highly predictable settings using present tenses;
4. arrive in future classes on time with the necessary materials, exhibit appropriate classroom behavior, complete homework assignments, and use voice mail to inform instructor of absences;
5. use language lab software, the internet and keyboarding skills to continually develop English language skills.

Course Activities and Design

Overview of Practiced Skills:
Oral Communication
·         Speak words, phrases, and sentences to be understood, using basic grammar in context. ("Be", simple present, simple past, present continuous, yes/no questions and Wh-words, adjectives, plural nouns)
·         Describe time and location of familiar objects
·         Exchange information in groups
·         Dictate numbers and letters to others
·         Give and follow simple oral instructions
·         Spell words dictated by another
·         Ask and answer questions based on models yes/no questions and Wh- questions
·         Count and make change
·         Ask for clarification
·         Recognize and respond correctly to common sight words
·         Recognize words from personal information forms
·         Recognize various written formats (ads, narratives, forms)
·         Reading strategies (skim, scan, context, prediction)
·         Read simplified maps
·         Recognize common signs and symbols
·         Read simple sentences
Written Communication
·         Write sight words, simple sentences and phrases using basic grammar in context. ("Be", simple present, yes/no and Wh- questions)
·         Write basic personal information in correct location on simple forms
·         Write individual numbers in numeric form
·         Write individual letters
·         Alphabetize
·         Write numbers in context
·         Use punctuation (period, question mark, and apostrophes for contractions)

Use mouse, keyboard, scroll, click, double click

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Performance tasks used at this level may include:
·         Transfer written personal information from one form to another (ID card to an application form or address onto an envelope)
·         Complete a written application supplying basic personal information
·         Give and carry out basic oral and written commands (such as the following: open the door, go to a computer and use x to do y, etc.)
·         Use phrases and ask questions to express lack of understanding
·         Describe the location of items in a picture or drawing
·         Interview another classmate asking personal information questions and record information on a form
·         Interview classmates using simple y/n and Wh- questions (in context) and write that information (stories, descriptions, etc.) using complete sentences
·         Scan a simple advertisement, telephone book entry, etc. for numeric information contained in the text; respond accurately to written or oral questions using the text
Progress assessment measured by standardized tests such as CASAS or other state approved standardized measure.

Course Content:

Themes: Communication in roles: family member, community member, worker, citizen, and lifelong learner, Written language, Language structure, Cultural awareness

Concepts: Culture, Classroom expectations

Concepts: Critical Thinking, Self-evaluation, Numeracy, Contextual awareness, Communicative Competence, Grammatical competence, nonverbal, formal and informal speech, Negotiate meaning, English Writing System, Left-right orientation, Top down

Issues: Listening comprehension, Communication, Literacy, Self-confidence, US education style, Multicultural classroom, Health, Studying, Identification of self as part of English-speaking community, Technology