MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE SYLLABUS, 2010-2011
6th GRADE BEGINNING/Low INTERMEDIATE ESL
School Phone: 2688-8854
This course of English is based upon the main skill areas of language development: speaking, listening, reading and writing. While a balance of skills is aimed for, the program is flexible and reflects the student’s individual language needs. Students in this class will have the opportunity to move freely from beginning to intermediate levels in all of the skill areas. It also introduces the student to different learning styles and strategies, and gives encouragement to become an independent learner and user of English.
To allow students to:
Indian Studies Integration:
In addition to India related topics already covered in the curriculum, students will:
Assessment of Student Performance:
Assessment will be based on regular homework assignments, classroom participation, projects, portfolios, tests, and quizzes, in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Students will be assessed using the Language Assessment Scales ORAL and Reading/Writing English proficiency test once a year.
The San Diego Quick Vocabulary Assessment
The Grey Oral Reading Assessment
The Gates MacGinitie Reading Assessment
Classes will be conducted using a variety of methodologies. These will include teacher demonstration, group work, guided discovery activities, audio/visual materials, role-playing, cooperative learning activities, art, silent and oral reading, technology integration, student presentations and games.
Texts and Materials:
Write Source 2000
Begin in English
Various short stories, plays, poems and myths
Library fiction books
Internet Research Sources
CD Rom Research Sources
Caps, commas, and other things
6+1 Writing Traits
Progress will be reported using the following codes for beginning students:
NP = Not Progressing
MP – Minimal progress
PR – Progressing
OP – Outstanding Progress
Students will also receive a written statement at least twice a year which will specify the individual progress being made.
When students reach full intermediate status, quarter grades will determined by a point system that will assess the following areas: projects, essays, book reports, oral presentations, tests, quizzes, homework and class participation.
These students will then receive a letter grade for ESL, but this does not correlate to a mainstream Humanities grade. Detailed explanation of student’s progress will be given at least twice a year.
Grading percentages outlined on pages 17 & 18 of the Middle School Handbook will be followed.
Additional Expectations (including student supplies needed):
Student supplies needed: