Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 33 Effective Fall 2015
- Course Number:
- ESOL 33
- Course Title:
- EL Civics
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionAdult English language learners receive civics education in US citizenship, US history and culture, and also how to become active participants in their new communities. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are taught in the context of communicating in the adult life roles of community member and citizen. Instruction includes a variety of methods based on students' individual skill levels, needs and learning styles. Concepts and skills taught in the EL Civics classes help students gain citizenship. Prerequisites: Placement in ESOL 30.
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Communicate in English as community member and citizen, and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation.
- Identify and access a variety of community resources, exercise his/her civic rights and responsibilities.
- Complete the naturalization process
Course Activities and Design
Oral Communication Skills
- Describe problems and possible solutions using comprehensible grammar
- Present ideas and opinions to others using comprehensible pronunciation, structure and grammar
- Ask for clarification, paraphrase and summarize during group discussion
- Participate in conversations on community topics
- Ask for information on a variety of topics in the context of community member and civic roles
- Express personal values
- Ask and respond to questions
- Use active listening strategies to listen for meaning in conversations, stories, telephone recordings etc
- Clarify meaning using a variety of strategies
- Give and follow multiple directions
- Develop and use reading strategies such as identifying the main idea, skimming, scanning, inferring, paraphrasing, predicting, using context, background knowledge, and using picture cues to read and understand a variety of authentic materials
- Follow written instructions and interpret visual aids, tables and charts
- Write a clear paragraph including: a good topic sentence, supporting details and comprehensible grammar
- Write simple narrative descriptions and short essays on familiar topics using appropriate vocabulary, correct spelling, standard format and organization, and comprehensible grammar and punctuation
- Communicate personal opinion in writing
- Develop editing and proofreading strategies
- Respond to authentic telephone menu systems
- Use e-mail to communicate with others
- Become familiar with Internet vocabulary
- Access web-sites of interest
- Use educational software or online language exercises to practice English language skills
- Create, edit, save, print and close a simple text document
- Access, use and research resources through the Internet using a search engine
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Taking a field trip to a location in the community library, health clinics, employment services, public meeting etc, and giving a written or oral summary of the experience.
- Locating key community services on a map of the city (police station, hospital, fire, schools, libraries, post office etc.) and giving an oral or written description of their services.
- Developing and implementing a mock voting session
- Listening to a guest speaker from the local community and giving an oral or written summary of the main points.
- Completing authentic job applications, health information forms, school information forms etc.
- Demonstrating the ability to obtain a drivers license in a classroom role-play.
- Doing a report on an American holiday and including a comparison with customs in home country.
- Demonstrating an appropriate response in a role-play, given a situation related to legal rights and responsibilities.
- Listing (orally or in writing) the conditions required when applying for citizenship
- Listing in order (orally or in writing) the steps necessary to obtain US citizenship
- Participating in a mock citizenship test, including the oral interview, answering some of the 100 questions, and completing a dictation.