Developmental Language Arts through ESOL
The purpose of this course is to provide students who are native speakers of languages other than English instruction enabling students to accelerate the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking and language skills and to strengthen these skills so they are able to successfully read and comprehend grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension and vocabulary through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts emcompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text.
THE STUDENT MUST BRING ALL THE NECESSARY MATERIALS TO CLASS DAILY.
(2) packs of college rule paper - to stay in the classroom
5 red ink pens - to stay in the classroom
2 college rule composition notebook - mandatory
English-Native Language /Native Language-English dictionary - (preferred)
Headsets with microphone (inexpensive ones)
Textbook "Interchange" 4th edition - will be provided to be used in the classroom
Authentic Materials through: websites, newspapers, magazines, videos, movies, documentaries, and additional educational material designed for English Language Learners
The students will have to demonstrate mastery of the course's corresponding standards.
Each unit of the textbook is divided by lessons. In addition to minor quizzes, there will be a test at the end of each lesson. Lesson tests will include a reading/writing component and a listening/speaking component. Each of these components will be counted as a 100 point grade and will be posted under the appropriate category. All assignments will be graded and returned.
Students will receive a rubric prior to a special assignment or project.
Retakes - Students will have the opportunity to retake any test in which they get a failing score without penalty. The student will be able to retake the test on a previously arranged date that will not exceed the 10 days timeline. After 10 days, the original grade will prevail.
Makeups - Absent students will have 10 days to take a makeup test without penalty. The makeup test will assess the intended material but might be presented differently than in the original test. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to take a makeup test. Failure to do so will result in a "0".
Late work: Timeliness in this class is crucial. The student will lose 10 points (one grade lower) for every day that the work is turned in late. This applies to homework, special assignments and projects.
Homework/Classwork: Homework/Classwork will usually be graded for EFFORT. However, in some instances classwork/homework might be assigned for a grade at my discretion, in which case they will be graded for accuracy and completion.
Class Participation: Participation is mandatory. This includes classroom discussion, speaking in the target language, writing, answering listening exercises, reading aloud in the target language, work in small groups and participate in class activities to demonstrate mastery. Students will earn a grade (per quarter) based on effort, English language use in class and active participation in the class activities.