Wappingers Junior High School
English as a New Language
Course Syllabus 2023-2024
Instructor: Ms. Cosme, ENL Stand Alone, and Integrate Co-Teaching 7th Grade
Phone: WJHS-845-298-5200 extension 21146
Hello, and welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Maria Cosme and I will be your child's English as a New Language teacher this year.
Course Description: English Language Learners 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 develop and practice communication skills.
Listening Skills: Students will actively listen to English from their teachers (while presenting each lesson) and 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 speaker’s 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.
Students are expected to attend class everyday, follow all classroom rules and participate during classroom lessons
Students are expected to be on time and prepared for class. Students should bring their chromebook fully charged and ready for use, composition notebook, folder and independent reading book.
Students are expected to be kind, courteous and respectful to classmates and teachers
Students are expected to behave, use appropriate language and be respectful to others.
Cell Phone/electronics policy in ENL class:
No cellphone use is allowed in class or during instruction. Cell phones must be out of sight and turned off at all times
If a student uses a cell phone in class:
1st- Warning (teacher will talk with the students about classroom rules,)
2nd - Parent contact by teacher and student
3rd- referral to the grade level administrator
Required Classroom Materials
11/2 binder with five dividers (binder should have plastic cover)
loose leaf paper
Two folders yellow and red
#2 pencils/ erasers to use throughout the year
2 black pens 2 blue pens
highlighters (yellow, orange, blue and pink)
2 Composition notebooks
3 X 5 index cards (white/pink/green/yellow)
1 box of tissue
Oxford Picture Dictionary
Additional resources will be used throughout the year. This includes short stories, novels and poems. Materials will be provided by the teacher.
Grading/Assessment: Grades reflect individual behavior, effort, classroom participation and performance. In an integrated co-taught class the content area teacher will give a grade using the following: assessments: notebook, quizzes, tests, written assignments/projects.
ENL stand-alone class, students will receive a grade based on individual progress and performance. .
Do Now’s/HW 10%
Class Participation- (speaking/Listening ) 25%
Journal Entries (reading/writing) 30%
Assessments at All Levels:
New York State English Second Language Assessment Test (NYSESLAT) April-June
I-Ready Reading and Math
NYS exam-ELA, Math
Science (8th grade)
The goals for our students is 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.
I have read and understand the classroom course outline for English as a New Language.
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Parent’s name: ______________________________
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Parent contact number:: ______________________________
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