• ESOL Course Descriptions

     
    Scheduled Class/Sheltered/Push-In Program Delivery Models
    Based on teacher recommendation and learning needs, a variety of instructional support is offered within the core academic courses. Options include scheduled class, sheltered model and push-in support. In the sheltered academic environment, the students receive instruction from an ESOL certified teacher who is also content specific certified. With the push-in model, the ESOL students receive instruction from the general education teacher with language support from the ESOL teacher in a small group (ELs only) on individually.

    ESOL I (Elective)
    This course is offered as a support for students enrolled in 9th Grade Literature. Instruction focuses on the different modes of writing, conventions, reading comprehension skills and oral communication skills.


    ESOL II (Core)
    This course integrates the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) using a variety of literature, with an emphasis on literary analysis. The integrated study of composition will include basic research skills, expository and persuasive writing. Sentence structure and grammar usage will be included through writing about literature and will be integrated with speaking, listening and vocabulary skills.
    ESOL III (Elective/Core)
    This course is offered as a support for students enrolled in American Literature. Instruction focuses on the different modes of writing, conventions, reading and comprehension skills and oral communication skills.
    ESOL IV (Core)
    This course integrates the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and introduces the major types of fiction and non-fiction short stories, folk tales, poetry, drama, essay, biography, autobiography, and novel. Emphasis is placed upon the evaluation of these forms of literature through application of the elements of literature. This course seeks to develop composition through an integrated approach in response to literary analysis. A Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) of 4.3-4.8 combined with a strong Reading proficiency score is recommended.

    Communication Skills I (Elective)
    This course will focus on the acquisition of social and instructional language and the introduction of content across the four language domains as prescribed in WIDA Standard 1. The suggested Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) is PL 1-2.


    Communication Skills II (Elective)
    This course is an expansion of Communication Skills I with an increase focus on content knowledge, particularly the discipline of English language arts. The five WIDA Standards serve as its basis. Academic success in ALL content areas with emphasis upon proficiency in Standard 2 regarding verbal and written skills, communication of information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content are of language arts. The suggested Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) is PL 1-2.
    Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances literacy and listening skills necessary for success in the content areas. Guiding the course are the five basic WIDA Standards with particular emphasis on reading and listening skills in language arts, science, social studies and mathematics. The suggested Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) is PL 1-2.
    Oral Communications in the Content Areas (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances listening and speaking skills in the content areas and references the five basic WIDA Standards with emphasis on the listening and speaking skills in the content areas. The suggested Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) is PL 2-3.
    Writing in the Content Areas (Elective)
    This course focuses on writing across the standards of English language arts, science, mathematics and social studies. The domains of reading, listening and speaking are integral to the writing process, both actively and critically. The content addresses all five WIDA Standards. The suggested Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) is PL 2-3.

    Basic Reading and Writing
    Basic Reading and Writing courses: Levels I, II, III, and IV. These four courses are intended for students enrolled in the ESOL program. Students enrolled in ESOL I also enroll in Reading and Writing I, students in ESOL II take Reading and Writing II, and so on. These classes meet every other day and continue throughout both semesters in a year. Students receive 0.5 credits for each semester, and 1 credit for completion of an entire year of Basic Reading and Writing course. The classes alternate with Study Skills courses.


    Basic Reading and Writing I (Elective)
    This is a course for ESOL students with an English language proficiency level CPL 1-2. The course focuses on developing students’ vocabulary knowledge and reading abilities. The majority of classroom activities are computer-based. Vocabulary development, reading and listening skills are the instructional focus.


    Basic Reading and Writing II (Elective)
    This is a course for ESOL students with an English language proficiency level CPL 2. Content focuses on developing vocabulary knowledge, reading ability, and basic writing skills. Paragraph writing is introduced and reinforced through practice. Many class activities are computer based, and web-based reading activities are used to improve reading skills. Multi-level reading materials are also used.

    Basic Reading and Writing III (Elective)
    This course is for ESOL with an English language proficiency level CPL 2-3. Intensive reading practice with academic passages and extensive reading practice is provided using multi-level reading materials. Additionally, writing activities based on reading assignments are used to help students improve grammar knowledge and writing skills. The written essay is introduced and practiced.


    Basic Reading and Writing IV (Elective)
    This course is for ESOL with an English language proficiency level CPL 3-4. Intensive and extensive reading is integral to the course. Writing activities based on reading assignments are also part of the course. The writing process – discussion, organization, writing, revision, editing, and publishing – is used to assist student development of essay-writing skills.


    ESOL Study Skills Courses
    Study Skills courses for ESOL students are intended to teach vital study skills to students with limited English language skills. Course material and presentation are appropriate to students’ language abilities and meet specific student needs in developing second language acquisition.


    ESOL Study Skills I (Elective)
    Students participate in intensive practice in the structure of English grammar, including guided practice in writing. Oral proficiency is practiced through classroom discussion. Students also review test-taking techniques and time-management skills. Students are provided with structured study time for sheltered and mainstream class assignments.


    ESOL Study Skills II (Elective)
    Students participate in intensive practice of English grammar and writing. Increased oral proficiency is developed through advanced classroom discussion. Test-taking and time-management skills are enhanced and refined. Structured study time for other classes is provided.

    ESOL Study Skills III (Elective)
    English grammar and writing skills are practiced and refined in this course. Advanced classroom discussion is intended to enhance students’ English language skills. Students are provided structured study time, and preparation for Georgia High School Graduation Tests.


    ESOL Study Skills IV (Elective)
    Further practice with English grammar and writing is provided. Advanced oral proficiency is mastered through classroom discussions. The course will provide intensive preparation for Georgia High School Graduation Tests.


    Communication Skills in Math (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances literacy and listening skills necessary for success in the mathematics content areas. Guiding the course are the five basic WIDA Standards with particular emphasis on vocabulary, speaking, listening, and reading skills in mathematics. This course is appropriate for students at Composite Proficiency Levels (CPL) 2-3.


    Communication Skills in Science (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances literacy and listening skills necessary for success in content areas of science. Guiding the course are the five basic WIDA Standards with particular emphasis on vocabulary, speaking, listening, and reading skills in science. This course is appropriate for students at Composite Proficiency Levels (CPL) 2-3.


    Communication Skills in Social Studies (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances literacy and listening skills necessary for success in content areas of social studies. Guiding the course are the five basic WIDA Standards with particular emphasis on vocabulary, speaking, listening, and reading skills in social studies. This course is appropriate for students at Composite Proficiency Levels (CPL) 2-3.
    Reading and Writing in Science (Elective)
    This course supports and enhances reading and writing skills in science and provides students with strategies for reading and comprehending scientific texts. This course is appropriate for students at Composite Proficiency Levels (CPL) 3-4.

    Reading and Writing in Social Studies (Elective)
    This course focuses on reading and writing in social studies and provides students with interrupted or limited formal schooling the basic skills and background preparation to enable them to successfully complete required social studies content courses. The domains of reading and writing are integral to academic success in the social studies content courses and students must learn to develop both active and critical inferential skills to ensure academic success in the social studies content courses. This course is appropriate for students at Composite Proficiency Levels (CPL) 2-3.


    Academic Language of Science and Math (Elective)
    This course focuses on teaching students with interrupted or limited formal schooling to decode the specialized vocabulary, symbols, and text in science and mathematics. Reading comprehension of texts, listening and comprehending lectures and speaking with correct scientific and mathematical terminology are integral to academic success in the mathematics and science content areas. The content addresses all five WIDA Standards. This course is appropriate for students with a Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) of 2-3.