The course includes a variety of interesting and innovative topics that encourage students to express their feelings, ideas, and opinions. In this course, students discuss a variety of topics such as cross-cultural communication, mysteries, famous people, technology, fitness, and current events.
Knowledge ObjectivesAt the end of ESL Intermediate 1, students will have learned how:
- to follow and maintain simple conversations by recognizing voice and speech patterns, familiar phrases and vocabulary
- to participate in groups by understanding main topics in a conversation and nonverbal behaviors
- to express personal skills and interests, report incidents, make excuses, and describe people, places and events
- to respond to spoken instructions, warnings, and requests for further clarification and information.
- to read maps, schedules, signs, abbreviations and US measurement vocabulary
- to recognize important information on information forms
- to use reading strategies to understand new words
Performance OutcomesStudents will demonstrate the following competencies in the context of work, family and citizenship:
- Understand spoken sentences and routine phrases containing familiar vocabulary
- Initiate and maintain simple conversations using appropriate forms of address
- Recognize basic formal & informal speech patterns
- Use stress patterns and common nonverbal behaviors appropriately
- Identify the main topic in a conversation
- Report an absence, injury, accident, or incident
- State personal skills and interests
- Describe a person, place or event
- Respond to rules, warnings and two or three-step directions given orally
- Respond to follow-up and clarifying questions
- Make excuses or requests for leave
- Recognize most standard words on information forms
- Read maps, schedules, signs, warning labels, and common abbreviations.
- Read and recognize US measurement vocabulary
- Use basic spelling rules
- Write and revise statements and questions
- Write 4 - 6 sentences on a related topic
- Competency Checklists
- Instructor-made assessments
- Writing Rubrics
- Learning Style Indicator
Grading / Progress
Students will advance to the next level of ESL Intermediate 2 upon successful demonstration of competence in 75% of the performance outcomes with 80% mastery as documented on their competency checklists. Most students require up to three times to complete this level.
High School Diploma/ GED, and see the Grading / Progress above.