AS A SECOND
Community ESL is a
part-time, non-credit course that helps immigrants acclimate to daily life in America by building stronger language skills.
Experienced ESL teachers
Effective teaching methods
The course aims to introduce beginner ESL learners to the natural language in context through an array of integrated exersices. The course will help students to learn basic vocabulary repertoire of isolated words and phrases related to particular concrete situations; understand and use basic grammar structures; understand simple speech; understand short and simple texts; recognize familiar names, words, and basic phrases in rereadings; use familiar everyday expressions and interact in a simple way; use isolated phrases and sentences and ask for/pass on personal details in written form.
The course is aimed to help ESL learners to communicate simply but effectively so that they can handle short social exchanges and simple transactions. The course will enrich students’ vocabulary to equip them to initiate, maintain, and close simple conversations; understand short, simple texts on familiar topics as well as understand speech that is clearly and slowly articulated and concerns predictable everyday matters. The course will help students use some basic sentence patterns and phrases along with grammar structures to produce simple writing pieces, perform and respond to basic language functions such as information exchange, requests, or invitations, and express opinions and attitudes.
This course is aimed to help ESL learners to deal with an increasing range of communicative situations that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Students will learn phrases and very high frequency vocabulary enabling them to understand speech concerning a wider range of familiar topics related to everyday matters; read relatively simple texts (lightly longer than at A2,) that consist of predictable information; use an increasing range of frequently used, simple grammatical structures correctly; write letters/emails which very simply describe their experiences and communicate straightforward matters. The course will enable students to notice some of the differences between customs, usages, attitudes, values, and beliefs prevalent in the community concerned and those of their own.
The course aims to help students understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, during leisure, etc.; understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest; understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency, job-related or everyday language; understand the description of events, feelings, and wishes in personal letters; deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken; enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life (e.g., family, hobbies, work, travel, and current events); connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions; briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans; narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions; write personal letters describing experiences and impressions, and write straightforward, connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.