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CCOG for ESOL 12 Winter 2024

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ESOL Beginning Reading and Writing
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Course Description

Non-native English speaking students develop beginning literacy skills. Reading and writing are taught in the context of communication in adult life roles. Prerequisites: Placement into ESOL 10 or ESOL 20 or instructor permission.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Read and write basic English
  • Use simple written English to communicate as related to roles as family members, community member, worker, lifelong learner and citizen.


Course Activities and Design

Oral Communications
  • Answer Wh-questions using prompts such as pictures
  • Exchange information in groups
  • Dictate numbers, letters and words to others
  • Ask for clarification: use phrases and ask questions to express lack of understanding
  • Use reading strategies (skim, scan, context, prediction, sequencing, categorizing)
  • Recognize words from personal information forms
  • Recognize and respond correctly to common sight words
  • Recognize common signs and symbols
  • Read simple sentences and questions
  • Read clocks, calendars, simplified maps and schedules
Written Communication
  • Alphabetize
  • Copy or write individual letters, numbers and sight words dictated by another
  • Write numbers in context
  • Write legibly (form letters, left to right orientation, word spacing, staying on the line)
  • Write personal information in correct location on simple forms
  • Write sight words, simple sentences and phrases using basic grammar (the verb “be” in present tense, simple present, yes/no and Wh-questions) in context
  • Use punctuation (period, question mark, and apostrophes for contractions)
  • Recognize and apply sound - symbol correspondence
  • Use writing tools (pen, pencil, paper, etc.)
  • Use mouse, keyboard
  • Scroll, click, double click

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Performance tasks used at this level may include:
  • Complete a written form supplying basic personal information.
  • Interview a classmate asking personal information questions and record information on a form or matrix. Write simple sentences based on the information.
  • Read a simplified illustrate short story and indicate “yes” or “no” to associated comprehension questions.
  • Put simple sentences or a story (in pictures, numbers, and/or words) in sequence.
  • On a simplified map, draw the route from point A to point B, following written direction
  • Create a collage which represents a topic or phonic sound (e.g. words that begin with the hard /g/ sound)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Concepts Themes and Issues:

  • Written language
  • Language structure
  • Cultural awareness
  • Classroom expectations
  • Pair/Group work
  • Personal information
  • Roles
  • Empowerment
  • Personal identity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Self-evaluation
  • Numeracy
  • Contextual awareness
  • Communicative Competence
  • Grammaticalcompetence
  • Negotiate meaning
  • Linking written words or signs with abstract concepts
  • Phonics, sound - symbol correspondence
  • Sight word reading and writing
  • Left-right orientation
  • Top down
  • Listeningcomprehension
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Self-confidence
  • US education style
  • Multicultural classroom
  • Studying
  • Identification of self as part of a literate community
  • Technology

Assessment outcomes include the ability to:
·         Complete personal information portion of simple forms
·         Read simple printed information and common signs and symbols
·         Follow simple written directions
·         Recognize and write letters, common sight words and numbers (i.e. time, money, phone numbers, ID numbers, etc.) to meet daily needs.
·         Convey personal information in writing
·         Use a limited number of expressions to write answers and make simple statements in role contexts
·         Ask for clarification