THE WILLIAMSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Syllabus for ESL
Teacher: Miss Nelson
Rooms 201, 202
Office Hours: Period 8 (2:24 pm – 3:09 pm) V.E. Room
Welcome Parents/Guardians and students:
Welcome to a new and exciting school year at WHSAD. My Name is Ms. Nelson and I will be your child’s 9th, 10th and 11th grade ESL teacher. I hope you had a wonderful summer. This year promises to be both exciting and challenging at the same time as we work to get ready for the NYSESLAT and Regents exams.
- Course Information:
Speaking, listening, reading and writing are the four competencies we focus on in the ESL classroom. The objective is to enable students to become functional members of the English speaking society. Alongside the four competencies, grammar will play an implicit and explicit role in the classroom. Implicit grammar will be taught through various kinds of texts, such as short stories, newspaper articles, song lyrics, novels and films. Through the literary media students will learn the skills required for class discussion, literature analysis and interpretation, debating, creative writing and the writing of paragraphs, essays , cover letters and resumes. Explicit grammar lessons will consists of the mechanics of English. We will be covering fragment sentences, run-on sentences, parts of speech etc. By the end of the course students will be able to listen, read, speak and read using correct grammar. They will also be able to read and understand short stories, newspaper article and short novels.
- Materials: Black and white marble notebook, pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, two folders.
- Grading policy:
* Tests/quizzes/ projects 50%
* CCSS Writing performance task 20%
* Classwork/Participation 20%
* Homework 10%
- Classwork/participation 20%
Classwork consists of completing the DO NOW, being prepared for class with the necessary materials and arriving to class on time. It also includes ALL in-class assignments and participating in classroom discussion.
Gill Cornell, Principal
257 North sixth Street * Brooklyn New York 11211 * 718-388-1260 * Fax 718-486-2576
“the keystone of your education”
1. Grammar in context
2. Fundamentals of English Grammar
3. Various Newspaper Articles.
4. Short stories (The Pearl – 1st semester)
6. Song Lyrics
8. Resumes and Cover Letters
- Topics to be covered
* Grammar (Infinite, past/present/future tenses, verbs, conjugations, etc).
* Reading comprehension/reading response/Journal.
* How to build an argument for debate
* Creative writing
* Paragraph writing/summaries
* Essay writing
* Analyzing song lyrics and poetry
- Attendance and lateness
Please be sure to arrive to class on time. Repeated lateness will result in parental notification. Attendance is Mandatory and also necessary in order to keep up with assignments. Tardiness will affect your grades negatively.
Tentative Course Outline – ESL
|September – Unit 1 (10th and 11th grades).
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Language essentials of grammar and writing – Freshmen
* Daily paragraph editing
* Importance of grammar and syntax
* Narrative Writing
|December – Unit 4 (10th and 11th grades)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Abraham Lincoln – The Gettysburg Address
Dr. King – I have a dream (Speech)
|October – Unit 2 (10th and 11th Grade)
Animal Farm – John Steinbeck.
Making inferences, cause & Effect essays
|January – Unit 4 (10th and 11th grades)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Analyzing Speeches: The development and organization of ideas.
|November – Unit 3 (10th and 11th Grade)
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
Types Of Nonfiction: Is knowledge the same as understanding?
|January: Unit 4 (10th and 11th Grades)
Play – Mac Beth