ESL Course Descriptions

EL Basic (ESL I)

This course introduces students to basic structures and vocabulary of the English language through the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students learn strategies in order to advance their reading, listening, and pronunciation skills.  They expand oral comprehensibility and write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays. They utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.

Text/Materials Needed:
Discovering Fiction: A Reader of North American Short Stories Book 1
Focus on Grammar 2: An Integrated Skills Approach
Topics from A to Z: Book 2
Vocabulary Power 1: Practicing Essential Words

EL Independent (ESL II)

This course is an extension of the skills learned previously as a Basic User. It focuses on syntax, continued vocabulary development, reading, listening comprehension, speaking and pronunciation skills, and writing multiple-paragraph compositions that demonstrate organization of ideas, use of a thesis statement, and supportive elements. Intensive grammar instruction that supports academic writing skills is emphasized. This course contributes to skills needed in mainstream classes and universities.

Text/Materials Needed:
Focus on Grammar 4
Discovering Fiction: A Reader of North American Short Stories Book 2
Handouts on a variety of contemporary topics

EL Proficient (ESL III)

In this course, advanced English language learners discover how to use and extend their vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills more consciously and effectively for academic purposes. This course is similar to a mainstream English course in that students analyze classic literature and write multi-draft essays of various forms. Students participate in whole-class and small-group academic discussions.

Text/materials needed:
Hinton, The Outsiders
Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Orwell, Animal Farm
Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
Maurer, Focus on Grammar 5: An Integrated Skills Approach
Schmitt & Schmitt, Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List

EL Government (ESL Level III)

This course surveys the American government, investigating politics and the process of elections and governing in America.  Looking at the Constitution, students examine the principles of American Democracy, including the Bill of Rights, Federalism, Checks and Balances, Separation of Powers, and Judicial Review.  The branches of government are considered in depth.  In the second semester, students also look at US foreign policy on various global issues, comparative governmental systems, and economics.

EL Modern World History (ESL Level II)

Students explore the development of the modern world by studying the political, military, economic, social-cultural, and technological changes that took place in the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on discussing important events and developments in each region of the world throughout the century. 

Text/materials needed:
Holt World History: Human Legacy – Modern Era

EL 21st Century Issues

This course will consider social issues in student lands and in the US, global tensions, overarching topics, such as climate change, how technology impacts education and intellectual integrity, N vs S Korea, China vs Taiwan.

EL American Perspectives

This course is an overview of the state of Michigan and early American history, including Native Americans; American cultural traditions, such as holidays and American family traditions; etiquette and classroom behavior; and character traits, such as honesty and punctuality that are expected of students studying in the United States. In addition, the course considers individualism as an American value, regions of the United States, and the cultures and dialects of those regions.

Text/materials needed: 
Knowing About Places in the U.S.A.

EL Science

This course is designed to give students an introduction to science and math vocabulary. The topics covered in the textbook include an introduction to the scientific disciplines, the scientific method, and an overview of each discipline. The lessons emphasize vocabulary used in each discipline. The class conducts experiments in each section. A workbook supplies vocabulary exercises and practice. The course also includes vocabulary used in mathematics, including general math, algebra, and geometry.

Textbooks:
Longman Science

ESL Modern World History

Students explore the development of the modern world by studying the political, military, economic, social-cultural, and technological changes that took place in the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on discussing important events and developments in each region of the world throughout the century.

Text/materials needed:
Holt World History: Human Legacy - Modern Era

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