Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 33 Effective Fall 2015

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EL Civics
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Course Description

Adult 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

The student will practices some or all of the following, depending on his/her level in the specified skill area and available resources:

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
Reading Skills
  • 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
Written Communication Skills
  • 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
Technology Skills
  • 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

Performance Tasks that may include:
  • 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 driver€™s 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.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes: Communication in roles as citizen, worker, community member, and family member; cultural awareness, lifelong learning, historical figures
Concepts: Culture, problem solving, English speaking community, technology empowerment, self-evaluation, goal setting, critical thinking, personal responsibility, personal expression, democracy
Issues: Role-balancing, cultural adjustment, naturalization, self-confidence, technology, communication, goal setting, parenting, personal advocacy, voting, civic responsibilities