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Course Descriptions


 

English Language Development Program*

ELD Level 1A

Units:    10

Grades:  9–12

UC/CSU Requirement:     N/A

Recommended: Assessment. ELD 1A focuses on speaking and listening skills for beginning level English Language Learners. This course helps students develop basic interpersonal communication skills. Through quality interactive instruction and activities, the course introduces both communicative and academic vocabulary, covers language patterns, grammatical structure, and oral skills to help the student survive academically in American schools and functionally in society.  ELD 1A course is taken concurrently with ELD 1B.

ELD Level 1B

Units:    10

Grades:  9–12

UC/CSU Requirement:     N/A

Recommended: Assessment. ELD 1B emphasizes reading, writing, and literacy skills for the beginning level English Language Learners. Students begin by learning how to compose paragraphs and progress to authoring organized expository and narrative writings, including descriptive, compare and contrast, narratives, and literary response essays. ELD 1B is designed to be a print rich environment including both non-fictional and fictional texts.  ELD 1B course is taken concurrently with ELD 1A.

ELD Level 1C

Units:    10

Grades:  9–12

UC/CSU Requirement:     N/A

Recommended: Assessment. Using science and social studies texts, beginning English Language Learners (ELL) will develop knowledge of introductory science and social studies concepts in preparation for subsequent courses in these disciplines. The focus, however, will be on acquiring cross-disciplinary high frequency vocabulary (CALP or Tier 2 words) applicable to all academic areas. In addition, students will learn reading strategies (e.g., how to reconstruct expository information using graphic organizers) and study skills (e.g., how to take notes). Addressing 9-12 Social Studies, Science and ELD standards, this course functions as reinforcement and enrichment of the ELD1A/B curriculum.

ELD Level 2

Units:    10

Grades:  9–12

UC/CSU Requirement:     N/A

Recommended: Assessment. This course is designed for students who already have a foundational knowledge of English in academic and communicative vocabulary, sentence structure, reading of non-fictional and fictional texts, and writing. Through quality interactive instruction and activities, students will continue to build cognitive academic language proficiency in all four skill areas. Texts will be of greater length and complexity. Students will be introduced to additional expository and narrative writing genres, including persuasive, research and biographical essays.

ELD Level 3

Units:    10

Grades:  9–12

UC/CSU Requirement:     b

Recommended: Assessment. This course is designed for advanced learners of English as an additional language. Students acquire sophisticated academic and communicative vocabulary, sentence structure, reading of non-fictional and fictional texts, and writing. Students read non-fictional and fictional texts of demanding length and complexity in various genres to prepare them for advanced mainstream English and courses in other content areas. Through quality interactive instruction and activities, a print-rich environment, and public speaking experiences, students will continue to solidify cognitive academic language proficiency in all four skill areas. Students will be introduced to additional expository and narrative writing genres, including full research reports and reflective essays.

Global Literature and Writing

Units:       10

Grades:      9-12

UC/CSU Requirement:     N/A
 

Required: Intermediate-level English learners enroll in this class concurrently with ELD 2. Students will read literature from different cultures of the world. While the reading is primarily in English, students will be encouraged to share examples of literature from their own native culture. In addition, students will be introduced to the basic elements of literature, including character, setting, plot and theme analysis. The emphasis is on instructing reading and writing strategies to prepare students for Literature/Writing 1 and higher English classes.
 

Literature and Writing (sheltered)

Units:      10

Grades:      9-12

UC/CSU Requirement:            b
Recommended: Assessment.  This course integrates the study of literature with instruction in the writing process.  Students will explore the ideas and issues of literature while improving their writing, speaking, listening, thinking and language skills.  Materials include poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction.

World Literature and Writing (sheltered)

Units:      10

Grades:      10-12

UC/CSU Requirement:            b
 Recommended: Assessment.  Using works of world literature, the student will explore themes of human experience and inquiry.  The literature will include novels, plays, stories and poetry by historical and contemporary authors from around the world.  This literature-based program provides instruction and experiences for students to build their listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking skills.

American Literature and Writing (sheltered)

Units:      10

Grades:      11–12

UC/CSU Requirement:            b
Recommended: Assessment.  This course provides rigorous and challenging experiences for the student in the areas of critical reading, critical thinking, effective discussion, note-taking, essay test-taking, expository writing and research.  The core of the curriculum is a chronological or thematic study of American literature, its literary periods and major writers.  Outside reading focuses on broader philosophical ideas, encouraging wider reading including classics by American authors.

*Students in the ELD program will concurrently be placed in a sheltered literature course appropriate to their English level. ELD students are assessed yearly for appropriate placement.