ESL 081 English as a Second Language Level 1 • V1-10 Cr.
Prepares English-as-a-second language students to understand simple spoken phrases and respond to basic personal information questions. Students learn decoding skills and survival vocabulary to read and write personal statements. This is beginning literacy level 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 learned words and phrases in simple questions, statements, and high frequency commands as part of short conversations, explanations, narratives or instructions with limited linguistic complexity.
- Use a few simple formulas including non-verbal gestures to convey understanding and ask for repetition or clarification.
- Speak so others can understand by recalling and using simple learned phrases relating to personal information, basic objects or a limited number of activities and immediate needs related to familiar and predictable work or life-skills communication tasks.
- Use simple strategies (learned words and phrases) to select and relay information.
- Apply simple strategies (gestures, eye contact, and simple requests) to monitor effectiveness of the communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
- Read with understanding by recognizing everyday words or word groups in short, simple text by decoding letter-sound correspondence, isolating and saying first and last sounds, naming pictures to isolate and say initial sounds, sounding out words by segmenting words into separate sounds and syllables, combining or blending sounds, recognizing simple rhyming word patterns, or recalling oral vocabulary and sight words.
- Demonstrate familiarity with concepts of print and letter shapes occurring in common vocabulary.
- Monitor accuracy of decoding and word recognition using various strategies, such as rereading or making word lists.
- Recall prior knowledge to assist in understanding information in the text.
- Convey ideas in writing by following a highly structured plan (text model) to organize information about self and/or related to immediate needs in very simple structures such as lists or responses to prompts for everyday information.
- Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing.
- Write all letters of the alphabet and numbers and appropriately use simple everyday, highly familiar words (personal names, signatures, addresses), numbers (dates,, phone #s, addresses, prices, etc.) and simple phrases to convey information with minimal attention to audience.
- Make simple content changes and simple edits or handwriting, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization based on feedback from others.
- Take responsibility for attending regularly and punctually.
- Demonstrate very basic knowledge of, and experience with, using computers and/or other related technology.