The goal of the ESL Program is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our schools and in their social lives in our community. The objectives of the ESL program are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), to develop proficiency in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the full range of instructional activities in the regular education curriculum and in extracurricular activities in our schools.

Courses

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LEVEL I 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

Level I is an introduction to the English language for non-English speaking students. The purpose of the course is to instruct the students in vocabulary, basic structural forms of the English language, correct pronunciation, intonation, speech habits and to develop listening and comprehension skills. Culture and career awareness will be introduced. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LEVEL II 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of ESL Level I or ability to speak, read, and write English according to course objectives. 

Level II is for the limited English proficient students who have successfully completed ESL Level I. The purpose of this course is to continue to instruct the students in basic English vocabulary and language structure. Pronunciation, intonation, and speech habits are further developed and reading and writing skills are introduced. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LEVEL III 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of ESL Level II or ability to speak, read and write English according to course objectives. 

Level III is for the limited English proficient students who have successfully completed ESL Level II. The purpose of this course is to continue to instruct the students in advanced English vocabulary, language structure, pronunciation, intonation, and speech habits. The course will further develop increased reading and writing skills. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course. 


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LEVEL IV 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of ESL Level III and ability to speak, read, and write English according to course objectives. 

Level IV is for the limited English proficient students who have successfully completed ESL Level III. The purpose of this course is to stress more advanced reading and writing skills in addition to continuing the development of oral and comprehension tasks. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.


HONORS INTENSIVE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LITERACY 
Grades: 9, 10 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): ACCESS Spring score of 4 or better, standardized test scores, grade of A or B in previous ESL course, recommendation by the ESL teacher and Principal of Bilingual/ESL. 

The ESL Intensive Literacy course team taught by an ESL and a Language Arts teacher is for highly motivated ESL students who meet the course prerequisites. This 10-credit, twosemester course will include advanced writing which will be enhanced by extensive use of technology and the reading essentials of vocabulary, comprehension fluency and proficiency. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.


ACCELERATED ESL 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): ACCESS spring score of 3 or better, recommendation by the ESL teacher and Principal of Bilingual/ESL. 

The Accelerated ESL course is designed to be a feeder course for ESL Intensive Literacy. It will bring together students who have been in the United States for one year or less, but show exceptional language skills and a desire to progress at a faster pace. The course provides for an accelerated development of vocabulary, writing skills and understanding or grammatical structure through the use of extensive cross-contextual reading material, and intensive use of technology. Multiple opportunities will provide, in authentic situations for developing oral fluency with focus on pronunciation, intonation and speech habits. Students taking this more challenging course will be exempt from the Fundamentals of Language Arts Literacy. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.


FUNDAMENTALS OF LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY–ESL–LEVEL I 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): Current placement in ESL LEVEL I. 

This course is designed for limited English proficient students to initiate or reinforce the development of functional proficiency in English language arts literacy. Although the course focuses on reading, it also includes listening, speaking, reading comprehension and writing in context. Once pre reading skills are achieved, students will transition to higher level literary goals. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course. 


FUNDAMENTALS OF LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY–ESL–LEVEL II 
10 Credits – Full Year (Everyday) 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of ESL and LAL Level I. Concurrent with ESL II. 

This course is designed for limited English proficient students who have successfully completed ESL LAL I. This course continues to develop reading comprehension, verbal and writing skills as well as increase vocabulary development. Culture and career awareness will continue to be discussed and implemented. Appropriate use of ESL strategies through planned activities will be an important component of this course.

 

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