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
Geography & World Cultures
Science Concepts / Earth & Space Science
Level 2 (Emerging)Language Development 2
Algebra 1A / Algebra 1
Civics
Science Concepts
Introduction to Health & Fitness
Level 3 (Developing)Language Development 3
Survey of History
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

Reading level assessed using the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and the Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI)

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. The SYSTEM 44 program will be used as the main reading component of this course.

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

Prerequisites: Reading level assessed using the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

This course focuses on improving reading comprehension skills, accompanied by vocabulary study and writing skills required to be more successful in academic areas. The READ 180 program will be used as the main reading component of this course.

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

GEOGRAPHY AND WORLD CULTURES (WI9401) 1.0 credit

This course is designed for Language Development 1 students. Students will develop an awareness of how the interactions of geography, belief systems, politics and economics have helped shape world history. Emphasis is placed on language form and function in the content area.

CIVICS (WI9412) 1.0 credit

This course is a survey of United States History, highlighting the American political system. Emphasis is placed on content academic vocabulary, literacy, geography, citizenship, and study skills. This course will acquaint the student with the Constitution as the foundation of the American political system.

SURVEY OF HISTORY (WI9423) 1.0 credit

This Survey of History course is geared for the student who is seeking entry into an academic history program during the following year. This course provides a general survey of United States history from discovery, exploration, and colonization through the present. This course will acquaint the students with the basic premises upon which the U.S. was founded and enable them to have a better understanding of the American political system.

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (WI9301) *Science 1.0 credit

Earth and Space Science will give Language Development 1 students a brief overview of the primary disciplines comprising Earth and Space Science. Approximately six weeks will be spent on each of the following areas: oceanography, geology, cartography and meteorology. The scientific method will be introduced and utilized to prepare students for continued study in the sciences. Emphasis will be placed on academic vocabulary and English language form and function.

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

This course is designed to prepare English Language Learners for a college preparatory course of study in the mainstream classes and for the continuation of higher education upon graduation. The topics in the course; cytology, microbiology, evolution, genetics, DNA, botany, zoology, and ecology are designed to expose students to biological principles that bind all life on earth together and to acquaint them with laboratory techniques and tools.

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.