English as a Second Language

    • A sheltered instruction approach is used to teach both language and content simultaneously. Students are in a sheltered English Language Arts class with an ESL teacher.

  • ESL I Language and Literacy Entering (1860/1861)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units (this course is scheduled as a double period for a full year)

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placed based on WIDA ACCESS test results (1.0-2.0), Lexile Level (BR-550), 0-1.5 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course is intended for students new to the U.S. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for everyday and academic purposes. Students will have opportunities to work with reading strategies in a variety of adapted text as well as learn to write for various purposes. Instruction is scaffolded and differentiated for beginning levels I and 2 of the WIDA English Language Proficiency levels.

  • ESL II Language and Literacy Emerging (1864/1865)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 2.0 units (this course is scheduled as a double period for a full year)

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placed based on WIDA ACCESS test results, (2.1-3.0), Lexile Level (520-805), 1-2 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course expands on the English communication skills gained in ESL I. Students will continue to access grade level English content through scaffolded and differentiated instruction for WIDA English Language Proficiency levels 2 and 3. Adapted text continues to be utilized.

  • ESL III Language and Literacy Developing (1870/1871)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placed based on WIDA ACCESS test results (3.1-4.0), Lexile Level (770-960), 2-4 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English for a variety of academic purposes. Students continue to access the content area of English while instruction is differentiated for WIDA English Language Proficiency levels 3 and 4. Some adapted text is utilized.

  • ESL IV Language and Literacy Expanding/Bridging I (1874/1875)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placed based on WIDA ACCESS test results, (4.1-4.9), Lexile Level (915-1200), 2-5 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in all language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students will access grade level English content with few supports. They will study and interpret a variety of grade level texts that will prepare them for transition into mainstream English classes.

  • ESL IV Language and Literacy Expanding/Bridging II (1880/1881)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placed based on WIDA ACCESS test results, (4.1-4.9), Lexile Level (915-1200), 2-5 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in all language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students will access grade level English content with few supports. They will study and interpret a variety of grade level texts that will prepare them for transition into mainstream English classes.

  • ESL Supported Grade Level ELA (CODED 6)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient identified and placement based on ACCESS test results (3.0-4.9), Lexile Level (915-1200), 2 or more active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in all language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students will access grade level English content with few supports. They will study and interpret a variety of grade level texts that will prepare them for transition into mainstream English classes.

  • Language and Skills-Geometry (1890/1891)

    Length: Based on teacher recommendation, this course can be taken as 1 semester or 2 semesters

    Credit: 1 semester:0.5 units or 2 semesters:1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Active enrollment in an ESL Ill or IV Developing/Expanding course. Limited English Proficient identified and placement based on ACCESS test results (3.0-4.9), 2-4 active years in ELL programing and ESL teacher or Divisional recommendation.

    Other Info: Students will receive one elective credit for successful completion of this course.

    This course is taken in addition to Geometry. This course will support Els in Geometry by incorporating language and skill building strategies. The language instructional focus is to build background knowledge, frontload content specific vocabulary, and support content comprehensible input. The skills instructional focus is to support various content based skills and concepts taught in a regular geometry course. The purpose of this course is to support language, content and skill development.