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Group of students learning at Martha's Vineyard Adult Learning ProgramFour ESOL classes are offered, from beginner level (for students who speak no, or very little English) and continuing up through intermediate and advanced classes. All students are assessed prior to the start of classes for proper placement.

Level 1
Students do not speak or understand English. Class focus is on survival language, mainly for oral communication. Practice and review of basic vocabulary with repetition and reinforcement will be highlighted. Students will work closely with teacher for guidance.

Grammar Focus:

  • Present tense/Present Continuous tense
  • Plural vs. Singular
  • Subject/object pronouns
  • Descriptive adjectives
  • Who, what, where, when
  • Basic sentence construction
  • Simple verbs

Communication Skills:

  • Personal information
  • Greetings
  • Survival vocabulary
  • Non-verbal cues, gestures
  • Simple answers to yes/no or information questions
  • Complete authentic forms and applications
  •  Read and follow one-step directions
  •  Read, write, and understand complete simple sentences
Level 2
Students can understand and respond to simple, clearly stated sentences. They can communicate basic needs and ideas using simple sentences. Students know some basic English grammar and can write personal information and simple affirmative sentences. The class will work on the continued development of grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Grammar Focus:

  • Negative statements
  • Comparatives/superlatives/ synonyms/ antonyms
  • Question formation
  • Past tense and future tense verbs
  • Simple modals
  • Simple conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns

Communication Skills:

  • Generate original statements (likes, dislikes, descriptions)
  • Ask and respond to simple questions related to basic needs
  • Simple social conversations on familiar topics
  • Relate a sequence of events
  • Fill out forms, write lists, short messages, notes, and short paragraphs
Level 3
Students' spoken English is good. They can understand intended meaning in various contexts: on the phone, social situations, jokes. They can discuss ideas and express opinions although they may make frequent grammatical and other errors. Students have an increased but inconsistent umderstanding of how to form and use the simple present, continuous, past and future tenses. Strenghtening and defining student's overall language development by reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the High Intermediate level is the focus of this class.

Grammar Focus:

  • Review of form and use of the Present, Past, Past Continuous,and Future Verb Tense
  • Introduction to the present perfect
  • Prepositions
  • Modals
  • Transition and sequencing words: also, first, next, after, although, however, etc.
  • Participle adjectives (interested vs. interesting)

Communication Skills:

  • Pronunciation/stress
  • Discuss ideas, opinions
  • Journal and Paragraph Writing
  • Develop and express ideas in an organized manner (with a main idea, supporting details and conclusion)
  • Writing and Speaking for authentic purposes
  • Self-correct, Self-edit
Level 4

Students' spoken English is very good. They are able to speak English in all contexts although they may make occasional grammatical and/or structural errors. Students can elaborate on complex ideas and clarify themselves well enough to make meaning understood. Advanced grammar, reading, writing and discussion comprise this course. This class is designed for workers, managers, small business owners, and anyone interested in improving advanced English for customer service, professional communication, and next steps in college and career.

 

Grammar Focus:

 

  • Complex sentences
  • Present, Past and Future Perfect Tenses
  • Advanced function words: prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs(which, in spite of, although, neither/nor)
  • Transitional phrases (my point is, in that case)

 

Communication Skills:

 

  • Elaborate on complex ideas (use examples, explanations, descriptions)
  • Develop and express ideas in an organized manner (with a main idea, supporting details and conclusion)
  • Compare and contrast information
  • Paraphrase or summarize information (oral and written)
  • Develop advanced vocabulary and word choice ( including antonyms and synonyms, phrasal verbs, idioms)
  • Enhance professional communication skills
  • Identify main idea,fact/opinion, cause/effect, cultural bias
  • Understand US academic expectations and US rhetorical approaches to reading,writing, and speaking

Classes: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School  |  Oak Bluffs, MA
Office:
111c Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road  |  Across from MV Regional High School 
(508) 696-6548