ESL 055 English as a Second Language Level 5 • V1-10 Cr.
Prepares English-as-a-second language students to understand sustained conversation and instructions and to communicate independently in various situations. Students apply reading strategies and critical thinking skills when reading materials from authentic sources. Students write and edit organized paragraphs. This is low advanced ESL. Students must show progress in three quarters of instruction. Course is credit/no credit. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Apply active listening strategies to understand and respond to the gist of extended and relatively unstructured conversations and presentations of moderate length, detailed instructions, and more complex conversations when language is not adjusted for English language learners.
- Effectively use a wide range of strategies to repair gaps in understanding and give feedback, tailoring the response to the purpose of the communication, the audience, the level of formality of the situation and other socio-cultural factors.
- Speak so others can understand using a range of common vocabulary related to personal experience and everyday activities, some idioms as well as control of basic grammar and a variety of sentence types and registers in a range of familiar to somewhat unfamiliar or unpredictable communication tasks with audiences that may not be entirely familiar when provided with some support (guided practice, modeling, and advance organizers.)
- Apply a range of strategies (including attention to appropriate register, repetition of information, adjustments in pace, tone, volume, eye contact, body language based on listener’s response and needs) to monitor and enhance effectiveness of communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
- Read with understanding to locate important information in short texts and to recognize unfamiliar and some specialized words and abbreviations using word analysis or inference.
- Monitor and enhance comprehension using a wide range of strategies, such as posing and answering questions, trial and error, and adjusting reading pace.
- Convey ideas in writing by determining the purpose and audience for writing simple narrative, informative, or expressive texts of a few short paragraphs and steps/instructions/commands using simple planning strategies to identify and organize a limited number of ideas to support a single purpose and produce a legible and comprehensible draft.
- Use simple revision strategies to monitor effectiveness by re-reading and revising during the writing process and making revisions to a first and final draft based on review and feedback from others, and make many edits of grammar, spelling, sentence structure, (simple/compound/complex with appropriate capitalization and punctuation) language usage and text structure often with help of tools such as simplified dictionaries, grammar checklists, and graphic organizers.