ESOL II A COURSE SYLLABUS Druid Hills High School Teacher(s): Phone Number: 678-600-1388 (Cell) Mrs. Smaranda LIVESCU Room Number: 113 A Email: email@example.com First semester : 2012 Tutorial Days: Tu. & Th. Textbook: Visions ‘A’ Tutorial Hours: 3:20 – 4:00 Textbook Price: Tutorial Location: Rm. 113 A Department Philosophy: Diversity of language and culture must be respected and celebrated. In addition, these diversities can be used as tools to foster social acceptance, academic success and overall achievement in an ever increasing global community. The mission of DeKalb County World Languages curriculum is to equip all students with the strategies and skills to communicate proficiently and effectively in the target language and to facilitate appreciation of other languages and cultures, as well as their own, in preparation for active participation in a global society Course Description: This is a Beginning Level ESOL class. ESOL II is a course designed to develop and enhance academic and communication skills of young adult English language learners (ELLs). The course will focus on reading, writing and speaking English. Learning to communicate in English is at the heart of this course, however, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronunciation will be the primary focus. The objective is to develop cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) that will enable you to perform successfully in your Literature and other core subject classes. This course will incorporate 20 minutes of Free Voluntary Reading twice a week and use of the internet resources (Englishclub.org) three times each week for 20 minutes. In addition, students will create a personal vocabulary and reflection Journal. The course will follow the Chapters/Units lessons in VISIONS A with support from EDGE, and other printed and audio visual materials. Thompson & Martinet, Grammar, as well as Learning American English will be used to reinforce the grammar assignments presented in the textbooks. Teacher made materials will be also used. Course Prerequisites: None (This course is usually assigned to the new comers, students exiting the International Center intensive English Program) The course follows WIDA Standards/Objectives and is adapted to VISIONS A, UNITS Course Outline: Orientation to school and county procedures and policies; Assessment Week and Inventories; Pre Library orientation; Classroom/school 1: Site field trip Week2: Library orientation; words and Jargons; assignment vocabulary Alphabetical Order, Syllabication, Rhyming Words; poetry – Library Week3: research techniques Alphabetical Order, Syllabication, Rhyming Words- Poster/Project Week4: involving translation; use articles from AJC Week Common Nouns and Verbs; plurals, exceptions, place/function in 5: sentences – Identify them in true stories Week Common Nouns and Verbs – Simple Tenses 6: Week The Verb “Be” – Present, Past, and Future Simple – Poster with the forms 7: of To BE and chapter topics – Legends and short stories Week The Verb “Be”- as an auxiliary; usage in 8: Affirmative/Negative/Interrogative sentences - Week Positive and negative statements and commands; writing paragraphs on a 9: given topic – Black History month Week Positive and negative statements and commands; writing paragraphs on a 10: given topic; Vocabulary – plagiarism; reference; paraphrase Week Prepositions and Adverbs of frequency – Poster /Book – Research – Ruby 11: Bridges Week Prepositions and Adverbs of frequency – Project based on the 12: Chapter/Unit lessons Week Use of common adjectives – Create a dialogue 13: Week Present/ Past/Future indefinite Tenses - Regular and irregular verbs – A 14: Poem Poster Week Interrogative and negative forms of the verbs/present and continuous 15: tenses Week Review 16: Week Research on given topics; first draft; second draft; power point work The 17 Story of My Life – My Roots Week Research on given topics; first draft; second draft; power point work 18: Week Review and Final exam – Power Point presentation 19: Grading Scale* Area Percentage Area Percentage Class work/Daily 25 % Work/participation Homework 15 % Reading/Writing 15% Tests/Quizzes 15 % Projects 15% Final Exam 15% The approved syllabi template established by the DeKalb County School District will be used. Required Materials: 1 3-ring binder, 3 dividers with tabs, 1 small notebook (Journal), 1 English to English dictionary or English/native language dictionary, markers or color pencils Classroom Expectations: Attendance—coming to class on time and every time is important. You (independent) or your guardian will be contacted after the third absence. Homework—you must do your homework before coming to class. Late homework will be given half credit. If you do not have time to do a good job on your homework, you should not take this class. Being absent is NOT an excuse for not knowing the homework. Tests and Quizzes/Make-up—you will have quizzes and tests. If you miss the class, you will miss the quiz or test. Make up quizzes or tests will be given after school on Tuesdays and Thursday. Academic Dishonesty (Cheating and Plagiarism)—you must do your own work and not copy and get answers from someone else. You also must not ask someone to correct your work before coming to class. If you copy writings from other sources such as a book or magazine and turn it in as your assignment, you are plagiarizing. You will receive an "F" for the assignment for your first offense. For your second offense, you will be referred to the Discipline Principal. Preparedness—you must come to class prepared by bringing with you the appropriate materials, textbooks, handouts, and completed assignments. Participation—you must participate in class. You are not participating if you are talking to a neighbor, doing homework, daydreaming, or not doing what the rest of the class is doing. If you are working in a group or with a partner, you must talk to your group members or partner and be a part of the group. Computer Access—you have access to computers in the classroom and in the Library Lab. All final writing projects must be typed. Your disk will be given to you by the teacher and kept in the classroom. Do not use any other disk in the computers. You will save your work on your computer diskettes. Using English—please try to use English during class hours. Also, during class, do your best to use only an English/English dictionary. Translation dictionaries or electronic dictionaries have been found to be less helpful in your attempt to acquire and use the English language. Pagers and Cellular Telephones—turn off all pagers and cell phones BEFORE class begins. You may NOT leave the classroom in the middle of class to answer a page or phone call. Expectations and Procedures You must observe all DeKalb County and Druid Hills High School rules as well as the following class rules: BE PREPARED – bring notebook, paper, and pen and pencil daily BE A COURTEOUS, QUIET LISTENER No loud unnecessary talking or noise-making Get permission to leave your seat BE A PROACTIVE CLASS CITIZEN Follow all directions the first time given Maintain a clean, safe classroom environment; keep your work area clean Get teacher’s permission to have food in the classroom and Grooming is not permitted in the classroom. Make restroom stops before and after class. In case of emergency, speak privately to the teacher When the bell rings the teacher will dismiss you BE COOPERATIVE AND RESPECTFUL – respect all teachers and students. We work together to succeed. It is not the right of any individual to take away from the educational time of others. Cultivate a positive attitude. Late Assignments: Late assignment will not be accepted Make-up Policy: If an absence is excused, students will have 3 days to make- up missed assignments. Re-do Policy: Students may re-do a failed test to earn a maximum replacement grade of 70. The student is required to attend at least one tutorial session in order to re-do a failed test. Student Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ______________ Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Date: ______________ The teacher reserves the right to change or adjust any section of the course syllabus at any time during the semester to more adequately meet the needs, abilities and interest of the students.
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