Wappingers Junior High School
English as a New Language
Course Syllabus 2019-2020
Instructor: Ms. Cosme, ENL Stand Alone, and Integrate Co-Teaching 7th-8th
Phone: 845-298-5200 extension 21145 ENL/ELA Department
Course Description: English Language Learners in our school district are required by New York State to demonstrate progress in the English Language. This class is design to develop and expand ELL's English Language Skills while supporting the seventh and eighth grade content area curriculum:
Learning Goals at all levels:
Levels: Entering Emerging Transitioning Expanding Commanding
Speaking Skills: Students will practice speaking English through conversation with their peers and their teachers in class. They will ask and answer questions, make relevant comments and offer their opinion. Group work and activities in integrated content area classes and ENL stand-alone classes will provide students the opportunity to practice communication skills.
Listening Skills: Students will actively listen to English from their teachers (while presenting each lesson) peers (during classroom discussions, group activities and presentations) media sources such as video clips, movies, and news. The purpose of these listening activities is to understand the speakers message in order to provide an adequate response.
Reading Skills: Students will be exposed to a variety of text including essays, plays, short stories and novels. This will help students learn different strategies to understand second language text.
Writing Skills: Students will write daily. Students will write weekly responses in their journal. Students will write paragraphs, essays and stories based on literature they have read in class.
Classroom Expectations See student handbook for guidelines on classroom behavior. All students are expected to behave in a manner that promotes a positive learning environment
Required Classroom Materials for Stand Alone Classes
Three ring binder with five dividers and loose leaf paper
2 packets pencil/ erasers to use throughout the year
2 black pens 2 blue pens
Highlighters (yellow, orange, blue and pink)
Two pocket folders (red, white, blue and yellow)
1 Longman dictionary of American English/ bilingual dictionary
2 Composition notebooks
1 box of tissues
Oxford Picture Dictionary
Boost Reading and Writing
Additional resources will be used throughout the year. Materials will be provided by the teacher
Assessments at All Levels: State Exam: NYSESLAT/NYSITELL New York State English Second Language Assessment Test
Grading Procedures: Grades reflect individual behavior, effort, classroom participation and performance. Students will receive a grade for integrated co-taught class. The content area teacher will give a grade using the following assessments: notebook, quizzes, test, written assignments/projects.
In a stand-alone class, students will receive a grade based on individual progress and performance.
Classroom Participation (Speaking/Listening) 25%
Journal Entries (Reading and Writing) 30%
Do Now's 20%
Extra Help Schedule: Monday-Friday by arrangement with the teacher only.
The goals for our students to learn English for personal, social and academic purposes and to promote a love for learning. Please read the information together with your child sign it and have your child return it to me. We have read and understand the classroom course outline for English as a New Language.
Parent’s Signature ______________________________
Student’s Signature ______________________________