• English for English Language Learners [ Entering (1), Beginning (2), Developing (3),  Expanding (4), Bridging (5) and Transitional]

    These courses are designed for students whose native language is not English and at the same time satisfies the English requirement for graduation. The emphasis in the courses is on providing students with increased confidence, greater understanding, and personal growth through improved language skills. At the newcomer and beginning levels, students work to develop basic aural/oral communicative skills. Student activities emphasize listening, speaking, spelling, vocabulary development, reading, writing and grammar.

    At both intermediate levels students continue to develop the skills laid out in the newcomer and beginning levels. In addition, they read English literature, write essays, learn idiomatic English, as well as prepare oral and written reports.

    Advanced students build on the skills referred to in the beginning and intermediate courses and read and discuss American/British literature, write more extensively, develop public speaking skills, and prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

    Transitional students enroll concurrently in an English course at the appropriate grade level and access the services of the ESL teacher for help with study skills, vocabulary development, writing assignments and long-term projects. This is a semester course.

    US Culture/History for English Language Learners [ Entering (1), Beginning (2), Developing (3),  Expanding (4), Bridging (5) and Transitional]

    This course is designed for students whose native language is not English and at the same time satisfies the social studies requirement for graduation. Students work to develop mastery of the language as they gain a greater understanding of American history and culture. The content of this course stresses various aspects of American life, including activities focusing on holidays, historical events and current issues. The academic emphasis of this course is on reading and writing skills. Students learn common American objective test formats, as well as how to write short answers, essays and basic research papers. Computer literacy and library skills are also stressed. This course provides a second hour of ESL instruction for students who place in beginning or intermediate courses or Advanced ESL students who are new to the country.

    Transitional students enroll concurrently in a regular Social Studies course at the appropriate grade level and access the services of the ESL teacher for help with study skills, vocabulary development, written assignments and long-term projects. This is a semester course.

Last Modified on September 14, 2007