English Learners Department

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

All students grade 9-12 identified as English Learners as classified by language assessments take classes within the English Learners Program. This program will increase the English language proficiency of eligible students so that they can attain the academic standards adopted by the school board and achieve academic success. The goal of the classes is to prepare students to be mainstreamed into general education classes.

English Learner LevelRecommended Courses
Level 1 (Entering)Language Development 1
Algebra 1A / Algebra 1
Global Studies
Science Concepts / Earth & Space Science
Level 2 (Emerging)Language Development 2
Algebra 1A / Algebra 1
US Government
Science Concepts
Introduction to Health & Fitness
Level 3 (Developing)Language Development 3
US History 2
Biology
Level 4 (Expanding)Language Development 4
Language and Literature 1
Language and Literature 2
Level 5 (Bridging)Included in regular education courses

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1 (WI9101) 2.0 credits

The course is designed to develop a foundation in English literacy skills through focused instruction and repetition ensuring mastery of concepts and strategies. An emphasis is placed on social and instructional language development, as well as, academic vocabulary.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2 (WI9112) 2.0 credits

This course is a continuation of Language Development 1. The course is designed to develop the students’ oral/aural language skills, as well as, literacy skills that will enable the student to be successful in mainstream content area classes. An emphasis is placed on introducing the students’ academic vocabulary in order to prepare them to be mainstreamed into academic classes.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 3 (WI9123) 2.0 credits

This course is a continuation of Language Development 2. The class is designed to give the students greater linguistic competencies by working with complex grammatical structures, involving the students in literature and continuing to develop the writing process. The students are required to fully participate in discussions pertaining to literary selections read by the class. A great emphasis is placed on broadening the students’ active vocabulary in order to prepare them to be mainstreamed into academic classes.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 4 (WI9134) 1.0 credit

This course is a continuation of Language Development 3. The class is designed to give the students greater linguistic competencies by working with complex grammatical structures, involving the students in literature and continuing to develop the writing process. The students are required to fully participate in discussions pertaining to literary selections read by the class. A great emphasis is placed on broadening the students’ active vocabulary in order to prepare them to be mainstreamed into academic classes.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1 (WI9149) *English 1.0 credit

This course further develops the English Language Learner’s skills in academic reading, writing, and oral/aural communication. Literature selections parallel those used in the mainstream ELA classes. This course prepares students for continuation of higher education upon graduation.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 2 (WI9159) 1.0 credit

This extension course is for those students who have completed the Language Development 4 class and remain at the advanced level of English development. Students will continue to improve reading and writing skills necessary for success in content area courses.

ACADEMIC LITERACY 1 (WI9009)(WI9019) 1.0 or 2.0 credits

This course focuses on improving phonemic awareness and reading comprehension skills, accompanied by vocabulary study and writing skills, which are needed to be successful in academic areas. 

ACADEMIC LITERACY 2 (WI9029)(WI9039) 1.0 or 2.0 credits

This course focuses on improving reading comprehension skills, accompanied by vocabulary study and writing skills required to be more successful in academic areas. 

BUSINESS CO-OP (WI9629) 2.0 credits

In this yearlong course, students will explore their passions, talents, and goals and investigate career clusters. Students will identify possible career opportunities. Students are given a business background and communications skills needed to explore, experience and communicate about a variety of business careers. This is a full year educational program in which the students conduct fieldwork with community partners.

HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CO-OP (WI9619) 0.5 credit

Prerequisites: Submission and acceptance of application

This Hospital and Health Exploration course integrates science and an intermediate level of English with hospital careers exploration at St. Luke’s Hospital. Students are given the scientific background and communications skills needed to explore, experience and communicate about a variety of vital health careers. This is a full year educational program in which the students spend two mornings a week at the hospital experiencing different career opportunities in the health field.

  • HOSPITAL SCIENCE (WI9609) Grades 10-12 1.75 credit
  • LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE – Workplace Experience (WI9169) Grades 10-12 1.75 credit

*Both courses must be taken in conjunction with Hospital and Health CO-OP

GLOBAL STUDIES (WI9409) 1.0 credit

Global Studies examines how continuity and change have impacted the world today. The course will specifically focus on how the interactions of history, politics, economics, belief systems, and geography have helped to shape the world’s history. Students will also examine the role groups and individuals played in the socio-political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history with accommodations and modifications for English Learners.

US GOVERNMENT (WI9419) 1.0 credit

US Government is a survey course examining the organization and operation of the U.S. government. National, state, and local government issues will be studied. Current events and contemporary themes are emphasized. Requirements include reading, writing, research and analysis of contemporary political and economic issues with accommodations and modifications for English Learners.

US HISTORY 2 (WI9429) 1.0 credit

US History includes the study of United States History from the Civil War to Present Day. Development of reading, writing, 5 and geographical analytical skills will be emphasized with accommodations and modifications for English Learners. Current events will be integrated throughout the course.

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (WI9301) *Science 1.0 credit

Earth and Space Science will provide a student with a brief overview of the primary disciplines comprising Earth and Space Science with accommodations and modifications for English Learners. It will also emphasize student awareness of the relationships between the various disciplines of Earth and Space Science.

SCIENCE CONCEPTS (WI9312)
 1.0 credit

This course will focus on selected science concepts that relate to the students’ lives and meet the needs of English Language Learners. Possible topics to be covered include: the scientific method, the needs of living things, types and structure of plants, an introduction to insects and an introduction to ecology.

BIOLOGY (WI9329) *Science 1.0 credit

Biology is a course designed to prepare the student for college and careers. The topics in the course, cytology, microbiology, evolution, genetics, DNA, botany, zoology, and ecology, are designed to expose students to the biological principles that bind all life on earth together and to acquaint them with laboratory techniques and tools with accommodations and modifications for English Learners.

ALGEBRA 1A (WI9209) *Math 1.0 credit

This course contains necessary accommodations for English Acquisition students and topics in this course include: exploring and communicating mathematics, using measures and equations, representing data, coordinates and functions, and equations for problem solving. The Scholastic Math 180 course 2 will be used in this course.

ALGEBRA 1 (WI9219) *Math 1.0 credit

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra 1A for English Language Learners and contains necessary accommodations for English Acquisition students. Topics in this course include: ratios, probability and similarity, direct variation, linear equations, Pythagorean Theorem, and an introduction to quadratic equations.

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH/FITNESS (WI9509) *Health and PE 0.5 credits

The course is designed for students who are newly arrived to BASD high schools. Coursework will be adapted to meet the language and learning levels of the students while maintaining the same academic standards of the curriculum.