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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 oral & 
written expression and of organizing and developing ideas in composition / discussion.
=> Students should demonstrate the ability to do the following:

* Express an idea in a clear topic sentence (the general subject and the specific parts).
* 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 sentence).
4. Use appropriate grammatical and mechanical principles inherent to effective English prose.
=> Students will try to eliminate as many of the following errors as possible:
                * Sentence fragments
                * Run-ons
                * Lack of agreement between subject and verb
                * Faulty pronoun usage
                * Misuse of verb tense
                * Misuse of apostrophe
                * Misuse of punctuation
                * Misspelling
                * 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 thinking skills.
6. Participate effectively in group and individual oral communicative activities.


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. 

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RELATED LINKS

ESL Companion
OCPS core curriculum: ESOL
Language Arts through ESOL: A guide for ESOL teachers

Broad Goals of the ESL Program:

The broad goals of the ESL program are to support students to: 

  • develop a level of competency and confidence in using English that allows them to fully participate in social and school based contexts
  • continue their conceptual development while developing English language skills appropriate to their grade level
  • develop an understanding of the learning styles and expectations of our schooling system.
  • integrate as soon as possible into the mainstream of school.
More specifically, the ESL curriculum aims to develop students' competence in English in the following areas: 
  • ability to use and understand English in a variety of contexts
  • control over the structures and grammatical features of English
  • 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, 1984)
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