Middle School Offerings
ESOL Basic English
This course is designed for middle school ESOL students who have a low level of English proficiency. The language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into lessons where each skill complements the others. Writing and reading tasks focus on developing communicative competence. Pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar are taught in meaningful contexts, where effective communication is the desired outcome. Students read literary selections that are simplified in vocabulary and grammar.
ESOL Intermediate English
This course is designed for middle school ESOL students who have attained an intermediate level of English. The course has a literary focus and rotates on a three-year cycle encompassing World Literature, Latin American/Asian/African Literature, and American Literature. Various literary genres are covered, including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, biographies, and poetry. The reading material is carefully selected so that it is age-appropriate, linguistically accessible, and culturally relevant. Vocabulary and grammar are studied in the context of the reading selections.
This social studies course is offered for middle school ESOL students who have a beginning to intermediate proficiency in English. The class explores history and geography and examines contemporary social, politica,l and economic issues that affect the world. The content of the course rotates on a three-year cycle and covers the following topics: U.S. History and Geography; World History and Geography; and Latin American, Asian, and African Studies. The students also become familiar with the five themes of geography: location, place, human-environmental interactions, movement, and regions. Vocabulary is drawn from the subject matter.
This course is designed to help beginning to intermediate level ESOL students develop and improve their writing skills. Basic language skills are applied to the formation of grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. Students develop the ability to convey their ideas in clear, logical, organized and correct English sentences. Students also learn how to write for different purposes, including narrative, persuasive, and informative essays. They learn to write notes, letters, book reports, test essays, stories, and poems. In addition, students increase their English vocabulary through the writing process.