ELL 1A, 1B
This level is specifically designed for literacy/beginning level students. The program introduces the basics of American culture to students at the basic level with limited or no English proficiency. Students will be using the texts: Visions and English Yes which will focus on reading a variety of genres, writing, listening, speaking and viewing based on a variety of themes. PLACEMENT: Entering students are evaluated by staff for proper assignment in these ability levels: English Literacy to Transitional.
ELL 2A, 2B
Students who are not native speakers of English may take advantage of the English-as-a-Second Language courses. These classes offer instruction in English and serve to help the student with limited English language skills progress into the regular curriculum. Students will be using the texts: Visions and English Yes which will focus on reading a variety of genres, writing, listening, speaking and viewing based on a variety of themes. Students will demonstrate familiarity with world literature, including authors beyond American and British literary traditions. PLACEMENT: Entering students are evaluated by staff for proper assignment in these ability levels: English Literacy to Transitional.
ELL 3A, 3B
These introductory English courses will continue the sequence of the 7th and 8th grade in literature, grammar and composition. All readings will be chosen to accommodate the reading level of ESL students and incorporate elements of the American culture and historical background. Emphasis will be placed on elements of the short story, novel and drama in an elementary but comprehensive manner. Several texts as well as hardbound and paperback books will be utilized to acquaint the student with these genres. Grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, diction and usage, spelling syntax, sentence and paragraph development will be an integral part of the first semester program.
ELL 4A, 4B
This course emphasizes writing skills. Students will learn the elements of essay writing in a variety of modes: descriptive, personal, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, persuasive and argumentative. Composition will be supplemented by the study of several novels, which have similar themes (e.g., The Miracle Workers, To Kill a Mockingbird…). Students will examine and write about such elements of literature as plot, setting, characterization, point of view and theme.