English Second Language (ESL)

10 WEEK COURSE | Weekly: 2 CLASSES | 9 Hours + Study

Gain literacy instruction aligned to the Arizona Adult Education Content Standards.

Level - Beginner

To meet the requirement of leading to the attainment of a secondary diploma or its equivalent.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Overview

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our ESL basic and intermediate courses are designed to introduce and develop fundamental English skills.
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Skills Learning

Students develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and to increase their basic knowledge.

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Understanding English

Advanced courses develop literary understanding, interpretation, and critical reading skills that prepare students for transition into adult basic education classes.

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Gain Ability

Skills and concepts are presented in contexts of diverse themes relevant to workplace and adult life.

CLASSES

Course Subjects

ESL 1

10 week course

This course is designed to introduce and develop fundamental English skills. The focus of this course is on the basic language and functions required to effectively communicate in the English-speaking world. This class is a combined skills course integrating acquisition of and improving on all four skill areas of English: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

At the end of the course, students will comprehend basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in face-to-face conversations with one person at a time or in a familiar, supportive group; comprehend the general message of basic reading passages dramatized or read to them; write simple sentences on familiar and personally relevant topics; and proceed to ESL 2.

Certificate

ESL 2

10 week course

This course is a continuation of basic communication in students’ new language, with further reading, writing, listening and speaking development. The formal skills of writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar will progress, along the lines of everyday situations, interesting contexts, and a variety of material.

At the end of the course, students will comprehend short conversations and interactions that are face-to-face with one person at a time or in small groups; comprehend the content of different genres of short text; express basic personal needs and compose passages on familiar, personally relevant topics; and proceed to ESL 3.

Certificate

ESL 3

10 WEEK COURSE

This is a conceptually rich course. It contains instruction on passive voice, present perfect, relative clauses and the imperative. Further, it offers lessons on participle and gerund usage in various constructions.

At the end of this course, students will speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most conversations on practical, social, and professional topics; comprehend the content of many different genres of texts independently; write short texts using basic vocabulary and common language structures; and proceed to ESL 4/5.

Certificate

ESL 4/5

10 WEEK COURSE

This course moves the English learner from the intermediate to the upper intermediate level of general English. The student will move beyond merely communicating and increasing his/her sophistication in using the English language.

At the end of the course, students will understand and identify the main ideas and relevant details of discussions or presentations on a wide range of topics including unfamiliar and technical ones; have a high degree of fluency and accuracy when speaking on topics that are abstract and not personal; read and draw meaning from a wide range of authentic texts; write varied, multi-paragraph essays, business letters, and narratives; and proceed to Adult Basic Education classes.

Certificate

OBJECTIVES

Course Syllabus

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ESL 1

  • Classroom Directions
  • Imperatives
  • Introductions
  • Taking Messages
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Feelings

  • Filling Out a Form

  • Telling Time

  • Reading a Schedule

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Days and Months

  • Day and Night Shifts

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Money

  • Calculating Sales Prices
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Family Members

  • Employee Information Form

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Food

  • Supermarket Job Ads
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Health

  • Reporting Sickness

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Colors and Clothes

  • Dress Codes
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The Home

  • Asking About a Rental

  • Community

  • Work Activities

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Jobs

  • Job Interview Skills

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ESL 2

  • “Sneezing”
  • Recognizing Nouns
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“The Number Seven”

  • Recognizing Verbs

  • Action Verbs and Being Verbs

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“Love Letters”

  • Subject and Predicate

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“Skunks”

  • Subject and Object Pronouns
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“Gold”

  • Recognizing Adjectives

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“Sleeping”

  • Prefixes and Suffixes

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“Handwriting”

  • Paragraph Unity

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“A Very Strange Hobby”

  • Capitalization

  • Abbreviations

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“Earth Day”

  • Alphabetical Order

  • Student Presentations

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“The Father of Our Country”

  • Final Examinations

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ESL 3

  • “Steven Takes Some Advice”

  • Plural Nouns

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“Jerome Learns About Yoga”

  • Past Tense

  • Irregular Verbs

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“Who is Ginger”

  • Compound and Complex Sentences

  • Compound Subjects and Predicates

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“At Yoga Class”

  • Possessive Pronouns

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“Jerome Gets an E-Card”

  • Comparative Adjectives with –er or –est

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“The Camping Trip”

  • Prefixes and Suffixes

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“Jerome’s Scheme”

  • Paragraph Sequence

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“Mrs. Darkpill”

  • Capitalization

  • Comma Usage

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“Tony’s Day Off”

  • Student Presentations

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“Jerome and Ginger”

  • Final Examinations

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ESL 4

  • “The Heart”

  • Irregular Plural Forms

  • Changing –f to –v and Adding –es

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“Energy Crisis”

  • Helping Verbs

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“Cell Phones”

  • Sentence Combining

  • Separating Run-on Sentences

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“Thomas Edison”

  • Singular and Plural Referents

  • Reflexive Pronouns

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“Internet Dating”

  • Irregular Forms of Comparative Adjectives

  • Adverbs with –ly

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“Accepting Who You Are”

  • Prefixes and Suffixes

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“Anne Frank”

  • Topic Sentences

  • Writing Conversation

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“The Solar System”

  • Capitalization

  • Comma Usage

  • Possessives

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“Some Thoughts About Dying”

  • Student Presentations

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“Digestion”

  • Final Examinations

Course Materials

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A Computer, Laptop, or Notebook

Tablets and Smartphones are optional, but may not always be compatible with the format of all websites you will use for your studies.

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Internet Access

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Webcam

Video Camera on your computer.
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Headset & Microphone

For components of the online curriculum.
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Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Presentation software

Necessary for some school assignments. ALPS recommends Gmail (free) with Docs, Sheets, & Slides.

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A Quiet Space

To attend virtual classes and study.
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Phone

To contact (call or text) your teacher for classes or if you have technical problems.
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E-mail

To contact your teacher for classes. ALPS recommends Gmail (free) with Docs, Sheets, & Slides.
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Paper Notebooks

Optional for those who work best writing notes on paper format.
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Pencils, Pens, and Highlighters

Optional for emphasizing content in notes and study material.
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Ruler, Calculator, Stapler, Tape, and Paper Clips

Optional for emphasizing content in notes and study material. The calculator model: TI-30XS is recommended for those preparing for the High School Equivalency test. Stapler, tape, and paper clips are optional for classwork and/or organization.
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Binders

Optional to organize your school material by subject(s).
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Backpack or Carry Bag

Optional for those who come in in-person to class on some days of the week.
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COURES

Course Resources

Google Classroom

Your online place for learning.

Empower teaching and learning from anywhere, on any device, and give your class more flexibility and mobility.

Canvas

Course Materials

Canvas is built to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, from the littlest learners to college faculty to business leaders.

EdReady

Math & English

EdReady™ lets you assess your readiness for college math and English, see target options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps.

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