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Any students who are learning English as a second language and whose listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English are not yet sufficiently developed for the student to benefit fully from a basic, standard, or college preparatory English class could enroll in this class if there has been successful completion of the second course in the series, and/or writing skills have been developed to an appropriate level as determined by district approved assessment tools.

Brief Descripion of the Course:
This course concentrates on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of English for the limited-English-proficient (LEP) student. It is not a remedial English class, as the potential of many of the students eligible for this course is very high.This course is a review of the skills presented in the second level of this series, and an expansion of those skills to a mastery level. The major focus shall be placed on the further development of literacy skills. This course concentrates on the development of the following skills: thinking, literary, oral/aural, reading, study, usage, vocabulary, writing for the LEP student and acculturation/self-esteem. The ultimate goal of this class is to facilitate the LEP student's transition into the mainstream English program.

Focus Skills:
  1. Thinking skills
    1. Analyzing
    2. Categorizing and classifying
    3. Evaluating
    4. Recognizing facts and opinions
    5. Organizing
  2. Literature Students will develop an appreciation of literature (e.g. short stories, novels, poetry, drama) by:
    1. Identifying plot, theme, conflict, mood, point of view, and characterization.
    2. Studying the central works, developing ethical, aesthetic, and cultural values, and becoming aware of social, historical, and political issues.
    3. Responding to the central and core literature through integrated writing, speaking, and listening activities.
    4. Understanding and applying following poetic devices: alliteration, simile, metaphor, rhyme, and hyperbole.
  3. Oral/Aural skills Students will develop oral/aural skills by:
    1. Participating in oral activities (e.g. role playing, impromptu speeches, commercials, interviews).
    2. Responding to increasingly difficult questions using complete sentences.
    3. Generating original questions using who, what, when, where, why, and how.
    4. Reading aloud from a passage, play, or other written material.
    5. Participating as a leader in a cooperative learning activity at least once during the year.
    6. Reciting a prepared 2 minute speech.
  4. Reading Students will develop skills in reading by:
    1. Recognizing and comprehending vocabulary related to thematic units.
      1. consumer knowledge -- shopping, measurements, interpreting advertisements, public entertainment, city maps and directions.
      2. career development -- resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, occupations, interviews, career centers.
      3. social customs -- compliments, insults, holidays, celebrations.
      4. community -- public services, public activities-celebrations.
    2. Practicing "Sustained Silent Reading" (SSR) on a consistent basis in the classroom.
    3. Locating information in public media (e.g. telephone books, newspapers, and transportation schedules).
    4. Applying information derived from library reference materials, graphs, and maps.
    5. Identifying a sequences of events in a short story.
    6. Identifying the main idea of a written work.
    7. Defining the difference between fact and opinion in a reading passage.
    8. Recognizing dialogue in written form.
    9. Predicting exercises as pre and post reading activities.
    10. Drawing conclusions.
    11. Making inferences.
  5. Study Skills Students will demonstrate proficiency and continuing improvement in those Study Skills needed for high school success, which will be taught and reinforced as appropriate for the context of the course:
    • listening skills
    • time management
    • using one’s learning style to best advantage
    • following directions
    • note taking and reviewing notes
    • outlining
    • understanding charts and diagrams
    • using a dictionary
    • using reference materials
    • how to study
    • test-taking techniques
    • how to read textbooks
    • memory-improvement techniques-- mnemonics
    • building vocabulary through context clues
    • an effective study environment
    • materials needed for effective study time
    • how to summarize reading assignments
    • library research skills
    • how to prepare for classroom presentations
    • adjusting reading rates for different purposes--skimming and scanning
    • how to produce quality homework independently
    • how to pace and schedule outside reading assignments
  6. Usage Students will develop skills in usage such as:
    1. Capitalization
    2. End punctuation
    3. Comma (dates, addresses, business and friendly letters, two main clauses, series)
    4. Apostrophe
    5. Subject-verb agreement in simple sentences
    6. Quotation marks
    7. Colon
    8. Pronoun antecedent agreemen
    9. Subordinate clause
    10. Adverbial and adjective clauses
    11. Run-ons and fragments
    12. Possessives
    13. Defining and using synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms
    14. Understanding common abbreviations and contracted forms of words
    15. Verb tenses: present, past, progressive, future, perfect
  7. Vocabulary Students will develop vocabulary skills by:
    1. Expanding vocabulary competence associated with thematic units.
    2. Increasing vocabulary usage and application derived from literature-based materials.
    3. Recognizing homonyms, antonyms, and synonyms.
    4. Identifying and employing word and situational analogies.
  8. Writing Students will develop writing skills by:
    1. Writing original sentences.
    2. Engaging in personal writing such as letters and journals.
    3. Writing cohesive paragraphs.
    4. Writing a paragraph expressing the main idea from a work of literature or audiovisual presentation.
    5. Practicing vocational writing such as business letters, including writing for a variety of audiences.
    6. Recording information on a variety of forms including school forms, jobs/college applications, charts, and maps.
    7. Writing sentences and paragraphs demonstrating correct usage of following verb tenses: present, past future, progressive, and perfect.
    8. Understanding and using the writing process (pre-writing, writing, and revising) to produce various written works.
    9. Developing and practicing editing skills by applying the conventions of spelling, usage, and punctuation.
  9. Acculturation/Self-Esteem Students will develop knowledge of the American culture and self-awareness by:
    1. Engaging in cooperative-learning activities designed to build self-esteem.
    2. Demonstrating cooperative social interaction, self-confidence, self-work, innate talents, and leadership skills by participating in classroom related activities.
    3. Reporting on a television program, a news broadcast, and a school event.