ESL 054 English as a Second Language Level 4 • V1-10 Cr.
Prepares English-as-a-second language students to respond to multi-step directions and communicate using formal and informal language in various situations. Students follow written instruction, read narratives, interpret graphical material, and write and edit an organized paragraph. This is high intermediate 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 conversations, explanations, instructions and short narratives related to a familiar job, life-skill or social situation.
- Appropriately select from a range of strategies to repair gaps in understanding comprehend information, and give feedback even when opportunities to seek clarification or repetition are somewhat limited and the context is somewhat unfamiliar.
- Speak so others can understand to recall and use high-frequency vocabulary including words related to common, everyday topics and personal experience, display control of basic grammar and a variety of sentences types and registers in a range of familiar communication tasks.
- Speak fluently and accurately in familiar settings with one or more familiar listeners (either face-to-face or in brief telephone conversations) when a moderately high level of support is provided (written, visual, or verbal prompts), and apply some strategies (checking pace and register, repeating/clarifying/correcting errors as necessary, self-rating/evaluation) to monitor and enhance effectiveness of communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
- Read with understanding to decode and recognize most everyday and some unfamiliar words in short to medium-length text by drawing on content knowledge and oral vocabulary, breaking words into parts, applying pronunciation rules, and adjusting reading pace. This includes recognizing standard words on a personal information form and identifying the main idea and supporting details in a selected paragraph or several paragraphs.
- Monitor and enhance comprehension by using a range of simple strategies, such as recalling, restating, rephrasing, explaining the content of the text or using examples.
- Convey ideas in writing in 1 well-organized paragraph with few errors on related topics using both everyday and specialized vocabulary and a variety of simple and compound sentence structures for varied purposes (personal expression, to inform, or to complete a task).
- Edit grammar (verb tense and forms) spelling, sentence structure (simple/compound) with appropriate capitalization and punctuation, language usage and text structure with the help of tools such a dictionaries, checklists, and graphic organizers, and revising based on review and feedback from others.