ESOL

ESOL 1, 2

1 English Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students with very limited proficiency in English. Using a variety of materials, students will practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will be aided in understanding American culture and in particular in understanding and coping with their "new life" at the high school.

ESOL 3, 4

1 English Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: ESOL 1, 2 or Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students with basic proficiency in English. They will continue to practice skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary development and strategies for understanding content from other academic classes will be included.

ESOL 5, 6

1 English Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: ESOL 3, 4 or Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students with intermediate proficiency in English. They will continue to practice skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and develop strategies for understanding content from other academic sources. A thorough review of grammar and a presentation of advanced grammatical concepts also will be included.

ESOL 7, 8

1 English Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: ESOL 5, 6 or Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students with advanced proficiency in English to give them the opportunity to concentrate on improving language arts skills. Emphasis will be on reading and writing development including spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

ESOL American Government

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Basic reading and writing skills are emphasized in the context of the study of American Government. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the American political and judicial systems. 

For scheduling purposes the plan is to offer ESOL American Government on alternate ODD-starting academic years at Conard (2019-2020, 2021-2022.) and alternate EVEN-starting years at Hall (2020-2021, 2022-2023).

ESOL Biology

1 Credit; 7 periods per week 
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ESOL Biology is open only to ESOL students. In this course students will learn about life on earth. Topics of study include: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, ecology, the human body, animals, plants, and populations. Students will be encouraged to use the scientific method in the investigation of living things and will be expected to use a variety of problem solving techniques/practices. This course will focus on the development of the science and engineering practices designed to prepare students for the NGSS assessment in Grade 11.

For scheduling purposes, the plan is to offer ESOL Biology on alternate ODD-starting academic years (e.g., 2017-2018, 2019-2020, etc.).

ESOL Earth Science

1 Credit; 5 periods per week
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ESOL Earth Science is open only to ESOL students. Students will study the composition and dynamics of the earth and its place in the universe, earth’s geology, and the interactions of people with the environment.  Students will be asked to consider the impact of civilization on earth’s resources including climate change, waste management, air management, and water management.  This course will focus on the development of the science and engineering practices designed to prepare students for the NGSS assessment in Grade 11.

For scheduling purposes, the plan is to offer ESOL Earth Science on alternate EVEN-starting academic years (e.g., 2018-2019, 2020-2021, etc.).

ESOL Reading

1 English Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed to assist ESOL students to transfer reading skills in their first language to English. It is also designed to provide instruction and guided practice in those areas that are unique to reading English, particularly vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and sentence structure. This course is part of a planned program for students in ESOL 3, 4. Students may also be enrolled upon recommendation of the ESOL teacher.

ESOL Transitional English - Conard Only

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: ESOL 1, 2 & 3, 4; or equivalent.

This class is offered to students who have had at least two years of English as a second language. Designed to be the transition between ESOL and mainstream English, Transitional English focuses on reading, vocabulary, language mechanics, writing, and speaking, helping students develop overall language proficiency as well as a better understanding of literature. Short pieces of fiction and non-fiction constitute the course readings. Limited class size provides ample time for one-on-one instruction, and students are encouraged to move into more challenging English offerings, as soon as they are ready, at any point in the year.

ESOL United States History

1 Credit
Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This full-year course for ESOL students fulfills their U.S. History requirement. It is a survey of the foundations of our country through the 20th century. Reading, writing, and vocabulary skills are emphasized along with an understanding of the important events and people that have contributed to the making of our country.

For scheduling purposes, the plan is to offer ESOL United States History on alternate EVEN-starting academic years at Conard (2020-2021, 2022-2023) and alternate ODD-starting years at Hall ( 2019-2020, 2021-2022).