Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Courses and Objectives

Overall, the curriculum leans strongly towards English for Academic Purposes because the majority of our students intend to begin or continue with higher education in the USA. Instructors adjust the pace and content of each component at each level to help all students attain the course objectives.

Level 0 - Comprehensive

Objective: By the end of this level, students will be able to recite and use the alphabet and numbers with basic usage and understand the structure of reading left to right and top to bottom. They will have a good beginning to phonemic awareness and be able to engage in basic conversation such as introductions and asking simple, everyday questions. They will build a vocabulary for everyday use and be able to write a simple sentence with noun and verb.

Level 1

Listening and Speaking

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to engage in basic conversations on topics related to everyday life, feelings and emotions as well as understand and follow basic stories/dialogues with different accents

Grammar

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to demonstrate basic understanding and use of the present tense of the verbs be and have and the present simple and present progressive of some common verbs; subject and object nouns and pronouns; count and non-count nouns; and the past simple of regular and irregular verbs.

Writing

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to understand and identify basic word forms and produce sentences in the simple present and present progressive tenses using conjunctions, providing examples and forming compound sentences. Students will be ready to move on to paragraph construction in level two.

Reading

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to relate phonological sounds to letters and words with accuracy, Identify the parts of speech present in simple sentences, read and comprehend simple sentences expressing likes, dislikes, ability, inability, permission, and obligation, organize written information in a logical and sequential manner, and comprehend simple paragraphs.

Level 2

Listening and Speaking

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to express themselves using simple past, present, future tense and correct word order, appropriately ask and respond to specific question and understand basic narratives.

Grammar

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to demonstrate understanding and accurate use of the past and basic understanding and accurate use of the future of regular and irregular verbs; basic understanding and use of modals; noun determiners and quantifiers, possessive nouns, and indefinite pronouns; and comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.

Writing

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to produce well written paragraphs that include a topic sentence, support and details and a conclusion in the correct format, including proper mechanics and spelling.

Reading

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to comprehend and interpret short texts and narrative passages, describe general meaning and basic logical relationships in short, unfamiliar texts,  accurately interpret basic visual and statistical information, and read and comprehend complex sentences expressing likes, dislikes, ability, inability, permission, and obligation.

Level 3

Listening and Speaking

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to use level appropriate vocabulary and grammar when speaking and participate in conversation. Understand speakers with different accents and differentiate between fact and opinion in oral narratives.

Grammar

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to demonstrate basic understanding and use of present (simple, progressive, perfect, and perfect progressive), past (simple, progressive, and perfect) and future (simple); questions (Y/N, Information, short answer, and tag questions); count nouns and corresponding pronouns and modifiers; and basic modals.

Writing

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to write cohesive, coherent essays in various forms in order to communicate ideas effectively in an intermediate, academic setting.

Reading

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to determine a reading passage’s main idea, organizational structure, and supporting evidence; read aloud and phonetically decode simple texts aloud with fluency; accurately describe semantic relationships between multiple pieces of information within a reading passage; and trace and decipher written referential connections.

Level 4

Listening and Speaking

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to understand various hypothetical and abstract narratives with different accents, engage in multi-faceted conversations allowing for personal expression and being able to ask questions.

Grammar

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to demonstrate understanding and accurate use of comparisons and count/non-count nouns; basic understanding and use of connecting ideas, the passive, gerunds/infinitives, and adjective and noun clauses.

Writing

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to plan and compose cohesive, coherent written responses in various forms (essays, paragraph in order to communicate ideas effectively in an upper-intermediate to advanced academic setting.

Reading

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to comprehend main ideas, key terms, and supporting details in moderately long passages intended for native speakers Interpret textual meaning and the definition of terms based upon recognition of context, draw judgments and make inferences about moderately complex written material, and Accurately interpret organizational structure and logical sequencing of increasingly complex passages.

Level 5

Listening and Speaking

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to use and understand correct speech (mixed tenses, intonation, pronunciation, high-level and unfamiliar vocabulary) when discussing or listening to complex ideas and narratives. They will be able to synthesize and comprehend abstract/hypothetical ideas appropriately utilizing previous knowledge, context clues and inferences.

Grammar

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to demonstrate understanding and accurate use of action and non-action verbs, modals, gerunds, infinitives, and phrasal verbs; count and non-count nouns and their corresponding pronouns and modifiers; clauses and their corresponding reduced phrases; coordinating conjunctions and connectives; and conditional sentences and wishes.

Writing

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to write college-level essays, express complex ideas in a variety of sentence structures, utilize appropriate tone for audience, and synthesize ideas from various sources to create research papers with citations.

Reading

Objective: By the end of this level, the student will be able to fully comprehend and retain main ideas and relevant details from an extensive reading passage, accurately infer the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and expressions, evaluate and compare tone in a given reading passage, accurately describe grammatical structures present in a reading passage, and demonstrate some socio-cultural knowledge of English as a written language.

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