ELL Course Descriptions

 

ELL Communication 060B 4 Credits

ELL Communication is for students with little or no proficiency in speaking English.  Through the use of oral presentations, role-plays and functional language activities, students develop listening and speaking skills in English.  Students learn to communicate daily personal needs and converse in social situations on familiar topics.  Students are introduced to the fundamentals of English grammar and pronunciation. Students must achieve proficiency at this level in order to transition from the course.  

ELL Beginning Literature                   064 2 Credits

ELL Beginning Literature is a course for students with little or no proficiency in reading in English.  Students develop literacy skills and master essential vocabulary and grammar through reading in a variety of genres. Students read narratives, short stories, fables, folktales, and abridged novels. Students also read non-fiction. Students are expected to read the assigned texts with comprehension in order to transition from the course.


ELL Beginning Composition  065B 4 Credits

ELL Beginning Composition is a course for students with little or no proficiency writing in English.  Students learn to express their ideas through the writing process beginning with sentences and single paragraphs and progressing to multi-paragraph compositions.  Students use the writing process, edit their own writing, study basic English grammar, and build vocabulary through short readings.  Basic keyboarding skills are taught in this course. Students must achieve proficiency at this level in order to transition from the course.

ELL Intermediate Literature 066B 4 Credits

ELL Intermediate Literature is a course in which students increase their English vocabulary, improve contextual reading skills, and develop reading strategies in English.  Students read a variety of authentic and abridged literary texts: poetry, drama, short stories, mythology, novels, and nonfiction. Students learn to speak and write about literature in English. Students also focus on improving pronunciation.  Students must achieve proficiency at this level in order to transition from the course.

Introduction to Social Studies 062 2 Credits

ELL Introduction to Social Studies introduces and reinforces social studies concepts and skills. This background knowledge will prepare students for success in intermediate and advanced ELL social studies classes.  Content includes physical geography, human and cultural geography, history and government. Skills include the ability to interpret and create globes, maps, charts, graphs and timelines, read and write expository text, interpret visual images, and understand and use key academic vocabulary in context. Each unit will be connected to a reading about a current global issue, a world leader, or an aspect of culture related to that region of the world.  

ELL  Intermediate Composition 067B 4 Credits

ELL Intermediate Composition is a course in which students continue to improve their writing in English through the writing process.  Students learn to write clear, correct, well-organized sentences, paragraphs, and short essays for a variety of purposes and audiences.  Students also study English grammar and usage.  Students must achieve proficiency at this level in order to transition from this course.

ELL World History 063B 4 Credits

ELL World History is a content-based course designed to acquaint students with ancient, medieval and early modern world history as they increase their academic vocabulary, improve listening, reading and writing skills, and develop responsible research skills.


ELL Advanced Literature and Composition  068B 4 Credits

ELL Advanced Composition and Literature is a course in which students continue to improve their reading and writing in English.  Students use the writing process and become more independent at revising and editing.  Paragraph and essay writing, including analytical essay writing as well as effective, responsible research skills and oral presentation skills are stressed.  Students also study complex grammar points and literary devices and read short stories, poetry, novels, plays and nonfiction works. Students must achieve proficiency at this level in order to transition from the course.
Honors Option:  Honors work is possible each term and requires completion of an ELL Honors Project.

ELL Early United States History 061B 4 Credits

ELL Early U. S. History is a content-based course in which students learn about the history and government of North America from pre-conquest Native American societies to Reconstruction (1880’s).  Students continue to build English academic vocabulary, improve reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, and develop research and writing skills. This course meets the US History graduation requirement for seniors only. All other students are required to take a US history course offered by the social studies department after successful completion of this course.   
Honors Option:  Honors work is possible and requires completion of an ELL Honors Project in both terms.


 

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