JAC English as a Second Language Curriculum
The ESL program at JAC is designed to assist students whose first language is not English to acquire proficiency in the English language. Students receive developmentally appropriate instruction in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This class is designed as an introductory course to increase students’ ability to master English language skills. Students work on increasing vocabulary skills as well as improving reading comprehension and basic writing skills. Emphasis is made on acquiring skills necessary to function in an English speaking environment and to succeed academically in a classroom setting.
Listening and Speaking:
The Listening and Speaking content of the course has three overall expectations, as follows:
1. Demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken English for a variety of purposes;
2. Use speaking skills and strategies to communicate in English for a variety of classroom and social purposes;
3. Use language structures that are appropriate for this level to communicate orally in English.
The reading content of the course has three overall expectations, as follows:
1. Read and demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts for different purposes;
2. Use a variety of reading strategies throughout the reading process to extract meaning from texts;
3. Use a variety of strategies to build vocabulary.
The Writing content of the course has three overall expectations, as follows:
1. Write in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences;
2. Organize ideas coherently in writing;
3. Use the proper conventions of written English appropriate for this level, including grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation.
Methods of Student Evaluation:
A combination of the following methods will be used to evaluate each student’s performance:
Homework and class assignments
At the end of the course, students will be proficient in the following:
1. Learn the eight parts of speech and how to use them correctly in speech and writing
2. Learn all major verb tenses and be able to use them correctly in speech and writing
3. Write in complete sentences
4. Learn common American idioms
5. Use correct punctuation and capitalization
6. Be able to write a paragraph containing a topic sentence, body and concluding
7. Increase knowledge of academic vocabulary
8. Be able to use a dictionary to choose the correct meaning of a word in context
9. Improve reading speed and comprehension
10. Recall information acquired from listening
11. Develop a basic oral presentation with PowerPoint or similar program
1. Generation of writing topics for narrative and expository paragraphs and essays. Where do ideas come from? The importance of brainstorming at all skill levels in order to stimulate thinking, imagery, and details is vital. In addition, finding the balance between innovation and control, meaning organization of ideas for engaging, coherent expression in the English language.
2. Focus time on grammar principles, vocabulary enhancement, spelling practice and sentence structure as well as syntactical prowess for increased writing integrity and accuracy.
3. Getting into the deeper text to access meaning beyond obvious surface interpretations.
This work will expand the student’s understanding of various genres of writing, i.e., fables, parables, fairy tales, myths, and histories in addition to recognizing voice and structure differences in expository, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing. Close listening and asking questions of both the text and author’s intention will help students reveal deeper meaning, develop philosophical thinking, and recognize important metaphors and symbolism.