Class Levels

Four ESOL classes are offered, from beginner level (for students who speak no English), and continuing up through basic, intermediate, and advanced classes. All students are assessed prior to the start of classes for proper placement.

Level I

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
Plural vs. Singular
Basic sentence construction
Simple verbs
Who, What, Where, When
Descriptive adjectives

 

Communication Skills:

Personal Information
Greetings
Survival Vocabulary
Non-verbal cues, gestures
Read and follow one step directions
Simple answers to yes/no or information questions

Level 2

Students can understand and respond to simple 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 with assistance. The class will work on the continued development of grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

Grammar Focus:

Present/ Present Continuous/Auxiliary verbs
Negative statements
Question formation
Correct word order
Introduction to past tense

 

Communication Skills:

Generate original statements (likes, dislikes, descriptions)
Ask and respond to simple questions related to basic needs
Simple social conversations on familiar topics
Write lists, fill out forms

Level 3

Students can understand most clearly stated sentences and can express needs effectively. Students can participate in basic conversations, but may still speak with hesitation. Students have control of basic grammar and can read and write common words, basic sentences, and short paragraphs with assistance. This class will continue to develop grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

 

Grammar Focus:

Continuous, Future and Past Tense verbs
Comparatives/ superlatives/synonyms/antonyms
Simple modals
Simple conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns

 

Communication Skills:

Express preferences, comparisons
Begin to use vocabulary beyond personal (current events, cross-cultural)
Write short messages, notes, paragraphs
Complete authentic forms and applications

Level 4

Students spoken English is good. They can function independently in most situations and can participate in most basic English conversations. Students spoken English is very good. They can understand intended meaning in various contexts; on the phone, social situations, jokes. They can discuss ideas, and express opinions and beliefs fairly comfortably. Students can distinguish between, and use, present, continuous, past, and future tenses. High intermediate reading, writing, and conversational skills on current topics will be the focus of the class.

 

Grammar Focus:

Future and Past Tense Irregular verbs
Perfect Tenses
Participle adjectives (interested vs. interesting)
Pronouns and possessives
Irregular high frequency words (would, again)
Use conjunctions (and, but, because, when)
Determiners (this, that, neither, nobody)

 

 

Communication Skills:

Relate a sequence of events
Use formal and informal courtesies
Request and provide information beyond the minimum
Pronunciation/stress
Discussing ideas, opinions
Journal writing, brainstorming
Write a paragraph with a beginning, middle, and end