By the completion of the ESL Course students should:
1. Analyze, interpret, and respond critically to assigned readings
2. Increase vocabulary and understanding of English
3. Demonstrate control of the principles and techniques of effective
written expression and of organizing and developing ideas in composition
=> Students should demonstrate the ability to do the following:
* Express an idea in a clear topic sentence (the general
subject and the specific parts).
4. Use appropriate grammatical and mechanical principles inherent to
effective English prose.
* Develop that idea with specific detail (the subject development).
* Organize the details clearly and effectively (organizational methods).
* Bring the composition / discussion to a conclusion concluding/summary
=> Students will try to eliminate as many of the following errors
* Sentence fragments
* Lack of agreement between subject and verb
* Faulty pronoun usage
* Misuse of verb tense
* Misuse of apostrophe
* Misuse of punctuation
* Incorrect verb endings
* Awkward sentence structure
* Slang and non-standard English
* Misuse of capitals
5. Successfully complete all assignments and tasks which will focus
on the development of (a) writing skills, (b) reading skills and (c) critical
6. Participate effectively in group and individual oral communicative
Our ESL students
are at all stages of learning English, and have varying educational backgrounds
in their first languages. While the broad objectives of English program
will ultimately be the same for all students, those learning English as
a second language need time, support and exposure to English before being
expected to reach the learning outcomes described in the English framework,
and will come to this achievement via a range of pathways. We teachers
try to devise appropriate teaching and assessment practices for these students.
core curriculum: ESOL
Arts through ESOL: A guide for ESOL teachers
Broad Goals of the ESL
The broad goals of the ESL program are to support
More specifically, the ESL curriculum aims to
develop students' competence in English in the following areas:
develop a level of competency and confidence in
using English that allows them to fully participate in social and school
continue their conceptual development while developing
English language skills appropriate to their grade
develop an understanding of the learning styles
and expectations of our schooling system.
integrate as soon as
possible into the mainstream of school.
ability to use and understand English in a variety
control over the structures and grammatical features
ability to use strategies that facilitate the
acquisition of English, and to negotiate communication in English.
|English-language learners may pick up conversational
English, or Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS), within two
years, but school language, or Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
Skills (CALPS), may take 5 to 7 years, or even longer (Collier, 1987; Cummins,