Level 5 Curriculum

Level 5 Oral Integrated

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to help students develop the academic listening and speaking skills needed for successful extended academic discourse. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Show detailed understanding of varied and lengthy academic listening passages.
  • Use complex academic vocabulary.
  • Engage in academic discourse in a culturally appropriate fashion with automaticity.
  • Share information and perspectives across a range of real-world academic scenarios.
  • Generate extended and complex academic speech with grammatical accuracy.
  • Consistently speak intelligibly and fluently.

Objectives

As teachers support students in their efforts to meet course outcomes, instructional focus is on:

Listening

  • (M) Listening for main ideas.
  • (M) Listening for details.
  • (M) Interpreting numbers.
  • (M) Listening for rhetorical questions.
  • (M) Listening for multiple viewpoints.
  • (M) Distinguishing facts from opinions.
  • (M) Interpreting reasons.
  • (M) Listening for problems and solutions.
  • (M) Making inferences.
  • (M) Identifying the speaker's purpose.
  • (M) Making predictions.
  • (M) Recognizing a speaker's tone and feeling.
  • (D) Using visuals to aid in understanding.
  • (M) Taking notes on academic lectures.
  • (I) Recognizing repetition.
  • (M) Identifying, interpreting, and inferring meaning of academic vocabulary.

Speaking

  • (M) Summarizing information.
  • (M) Starting, maintaining, and ending academic discussions.
  • (M) Supporting opinions with reasons and examples.
  • (M) Debating advantages and disadvantages.
  • (M) Using fillers to show interest.
  • (M) Using transitions to organize ideas.
  • (M) Recognizing and using academic vocabulary in context.
  • (M) Producing grammatically correct sentences using academic vocabulary.
  • (M) Using hooks in academic presentations.
  • (M) Giving a professional introduction.
  • (M) Reading from a script.
  • (M) Presenting a group survey.
  • (M) Giving an impromptu speech.
  • (M) Participating in a panel discussion.
  • (M) Using visuals effectively in speeches.

Pronunciation

  • (M) Interpreting phonetic alphabet symbols.
  • (M) Recognizing and producing syllable stress.
  • (M) Using stress appropriately.
  • (M) Interpreting and using appropriate intonation.
  • (M) Using connected speech.
  • (M) Using pauses effectively.
  • (M) Using appropriate rate of speech.
  • (M) Using reduced speech.

 

Level 5 Written Integrated

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to help students effectively respond to academic texts through formal, extended writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Appropriately incorporate academic vocabulary into writing.
  • Analyze, critique, and deduce meaning in academic texts.
  • Summarize academic texts.
  • Paraphrase academic texts.
  • Write cohesive, readable academic essays.
  • Self-correct academic writing to a high level of accuracy as it relates to spelling, mechanics, and grammar.

Objectives

As teachers support students in their efforts to meet course outcomes, instructional focus is on:

  • (M) Using academic vocabulary in grammatically correct sentences.
    • Parts of speech
    • Meaning in English/synonyms
    • Word choice and nuances
  • (M) Assessing a writer's tone, possible bias, and credibility in relation to a text.
    • Writer's purpose and target audience
    • Level of formality
    • Use of language to convey attitude
    • Writing style
  • (M) Writing journal responses after reading articles from textbook.
    • Comprehension questions
    • Reflecting on content
    • Paraphrasing small portions of the text in the student's own English
    • Relating personal experience to the reading
  • (M) Summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing information from various authentic texts.
  • (M) Paraphrasing, attributing quotations, and citing sources correctly to avoid plagiarism in academic writing.
  • (M) Writing well-organized 5-8 paragraph academic essays in multi-draft take-home papers and in-class papers using a combination of the following rhetorical modes:
    • Argument
    • Narrative
    • Description
    • Compare/contrast
    • Cause/effect
    • Opinion
  • (M) Identifying and correcting spelling, mechanics, and grammatical errors.
  • (M) Identifying and producing compound sentences and complex sentences with correct punctuation and connecting devices.
  • (M) Identifying and producing the following grammar points in academic writing:
    • Present perfect tense
    • Passive verbs
    • Adverb clauses
    • Adjective clauses
    • Connective devices (even though, because of, despite, in spite of, due to the fact that, etc.)
    • Conditionals
    • Articles
    • Preposition combinations with adjectives and verbs (as needed)
  • (D) Identifying and producing the following grammar points in academic writing:
    • Past perfect tense
    • Future perfect tense
    • Noun clauses
  • (I) Identifying and producing the following grammar points in academic writing:
    • Negative adverbs at the beginning of a sentence
    • Subjunctive
    • Reduced Adjective and Adverb clauses
  • (M) Doing editing/error correction activities.
  • (M) Doing self-evaluations and peer reviews of essays.

 

Level 5 Research Skills

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to help students strengthen the literacy skills needed to successfully navigate the tertiary research process.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Differentiate the quality of content across a range of academic resources.
  • Collect quality resources available in an academic library or database.
  • Critically read academic sources specific to a field of study or area of interest.
  • Paraphase academic resources with comprehensible writing.
  • Summarize academic resources with comprehensible writing.
  • Cite and reference academic sources to a high level of accuracy.
  • Synthesize ideas presented in multiple academic resources.

Objectives

As teachers support students in their efforts to meet course outcomes, instructional focus is on:

  • (I) Locating websites and database search engines commonly used by the student's academic field.
  • (I) Narrowing a research topic and defining a research question.
  • (I) Identifying types and discerning quality of sources.
  • (I) Practicing open reading of sources to develop background knowledge of a research topic.
  • (D) Selecting sources most appropriate for a chosen research topic.
  • (I, D) Identifying citation information using different types of sources according to APA format.
  • (I, D) Identifying sections of an academic journal article and the rhetorical moves, such as transtions, road map language, and organizational paragraphs, and purpose of each section.
  • (D) Accurately paraphrasing short passages from academic sources with comprehensible writing.
  • (D) Accurately summarizing academic sources with comprehensible writing.
  • (I, D) Accurately using APA format to cite academic sources in paraphrases and summaries with comprehensible writing.
  • (I, D) Accurately using APA format to create a reference list that includes periodicals, books, and websites chosen for a research topic.
  • (M) Creating a final annotated bibliography in APA format of resources chosen for a research topic.

 

Level 5 Media and Culture

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to help students strengthen academic discourse skills while deepening understanding of American culture and print media.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Apply a range of reading strategies to comprehend complex print and digital media.
  • Paraphrase and cite print and digital media witth comprehensible written and spoken English.
  • Summarize and cite print and digital media with comprehensible written and spoken English.
  • Critically evaluate American print and digital media related to American culture and topical issues with readable written and comprehensible spoken English.
  • Objectively deliberate various perspectives on cultural and topical issues with comprehensible spoken English.

Objectives

As teachers support students in their efforts to meet course outcomes, instructional focus is on:

  • (I) Applying analysis of American values to current events covered in print and digital media.
  • (I) Discerning fake news from legitimate news sources.
  • (D) Summarizing a news story objectively and then stating a reaction.
  • (I) Accurately using APA format to cite media sources.
  • (D) Comparing how a story about a student's home country is covered in the American media to that in the home country's media.
  • (D) Connecting a story in the American media to previous personal experience.
  • (D) Analyzing graphs, charts, maps, and photos.
  • (I, D) Debating a social issue in current American culture.
  • (I) Demonstrating critical thinking skills by identifying and analyzing the following genres/rhetorical styles in a story covered in print and digital media:
    • Multiple points of view
    • How opinions are supported with evidence
    • Bias
    • Cause and Effect
    • Comparison-contrast
    • Process
    • Problem-solution
    • Facts in a story, followed by personal reaction and questions
  • (M) Synthesizing all course objectives via a final oral and written project.