Thornton Township High Schools District 205

Preparing all District 205 Students to be Competitive Leaders in our Global Society

FOREIGN LANGUAGE/ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

 

Program Description

Foreign Language students and English Language Learners (ELLs) will acquire language skills and concepts which include listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and culture.  Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are enhanced through the manipulation of grammar, translation, the acquisition of idiomatic expressions, and by comparing and contrasting languages.  The learning of these skills reinforces the Illinois State Goals for Language Arts. Sensory and aesthetic appreciation is developed through the study of literature, theater, music and art. Social perspective is further enhanced through the study of history and geography. Enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom experience are provided.  Students develop social and technological skills which promote interaction, tolerance, and awareness of our global community.  Students who continue to study at the advanced levels develop language proficiency that increases their employment opportunities.  As effective communicators in a second language, students become more self-confident in their own language.  The District 205 Foreign Language/ELL Department follows the guidelines set forth by the State, universities, professional organizations and oral proficiency guidelines established by national organizations.

 

 

Program Goals

1.   Understand how the learned skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading are used in communicative activities.

2.   Understand the relationship between the target and native language.

3.   Appreciate the art/history/literature/culture of the target language.

4.   Understand the need for global awareness and multi-cultural cooperation.

 

Course Selections

AP French

AP Spanish

English Language Learners Program Levels I, II, III, Tutorial

Chinese I, II, III

French I, II, III, IV

Spanish I, II, III, IV



 

R-1481- CHINESE I  FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course  introduces students to the four basic skills of the Chinese (Mandarin) language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will explore a Chinese culture as well as develop an understanding of different ways of life.  Students will also learn how to make visual characters, as well as write in Pinyin.

 

R-1483-  CHINESE II FOR  9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to further develop the four basic skills of language learning - listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with greater emphasis, however, on reading and writing the Chinese language.  The second year continues the study of the Chinese world—its customs and traditions. PREREQUISITE:  Chinese I or demonstrate proficiency via assessment.

 

A-1485-  CHINESE III  FOR 10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  The aims of Chinese I and II will be continued in the four basic skills with greater emphasis on reading and writing.  The course includes a review of basic grammar and an introduction to more complex sentence structures.  There will be a transition from repetitive patterns of speech to more independent patterns of thought.  Students will reinforce written skills by means of original compositions in the Chinese language and research projects, written and oral.  Supplementary readings of intermediate difficulty will enrich the students’ vocabulary and knowledge of Chinese literature and culture.  This course leads to initial preparation for the Chinese Language Advanced Placement Test, which will be taken in Chinese IV.  PREREQUISITE:  Pass Chinese II with a “C” or better.

 

R-1503- FRENCH I  FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course  introduces students to the four basic skills of the French language: speaking, understanding, reading and writing.  Students will explore a variety of French-speaking cultures as well as develop an understanding of different ways of life.

 

R-1505- FRENCH II FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to develop further the four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with greater emphasis on reading and writing.  Cultural awareness is expanded beyond textbook content.  PREREQUISITE:  French I or demonstrate proficiency via assessment.

 

 

 

 

A-1507-  FRENCH III  FOR 10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  The aims of French I and II will be continued in the four basic skills with greater emphasis on reading and writing. The course includes a review of basic grammar and an introduction to more complex sentence structures. There will be a transition from repetitive patterns of speech to more independent patterns of thought. Students will reinforce written skills by means of original compositions in the French language and research projects, written and oral. Supplementary readings of intermediate difficulty will enrich the students’ vocabulary and knowledge of French literature and culture. PREREQUISITE:  Pass French II with a “C” or better.

 

A-1509-  FRENCH IV  FOR 11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course continues the goals of the preceding courses for reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. Cultural sensitivity is enhanced through readings and other activities. Research and special projects are included. PREREQUISITE:  Pass French III with a “C” or better.

 

A-1521-  AP FRENCH  FOR 12 - 1 CREDIT  This course offers French language study in greater depth and detail to improve listening via increased aural training, speaking with facility in a variety of forums, reading a wide variety of materials and genres, and writing with greater accuracy, precision and clarity. Study habits necessary for college coursework and improvement of writing and problem-solving techniques will be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Student must demonstrate sufficient proficiency via assessment.

 

R-1529- SPANISH I FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course introduces students to the four basic skills of the Spanish language: speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Students will explore a variety of Spanish-speaking cultures as well as develop an understanding of different ways of life.

 

R-1531-  SPANISH II FOR  9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to further develop the four basic skills of language learning - listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with greater emphasis, however, on reading and writing the Spanish language. The second year continues the study of the Spanish-speaking world—its customs and traditions. PREREQUISITE Spanish I or demonstrate proficiency via assessment.

 

A-1533-A SPANISH III FOR  10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  Goals of Spanish I and II are continued with greater emphasis on reading and writing skills.  The course includes a review of basic grammar and an introduction to more complex sentence structure.  There will be a transition from repetitive patterns of speech to more independent patterns of thought and expression.  Students will reinforce writing skills by means of original compositions in the Spanish language and research projects, written or oral.  Supplementary readings of intermediate difficulty will enrich the students’ vocabulary and knowledge of literature and culture are required.  PREREQUISITE:  Pass Spanish II with a “C” or better.

 

A-1535- SPANISH IV   FOR 11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course continues the goals of the preceding courses: reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Cultural sensitivity will be enhanced through reading and other class activities. Research and special projects are required. PREREQUISITE:  Pass Spanish III with a “C” or better.

 

A-1537-  AP SPANISH  FOR 12 - 1 CREDIT  This course offers Spanish language study in greater depth and detail to improve listening via increased aural training, speaking with facility in a variety of forums, reading a variety of materials and genres, and writing with greater accuracy, precision and clarity. Study habits for college coursework and improvement of writing and problem-solving techniques will be emphasized.  PREREQUISITE:  Student must demonstrate proficiency via OIC assessment.

 

R-1539-  ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE (ELL) I  FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to meet the needs of non-English speaking students.  Emphasis will be placed on developing listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills to enable students to function in their content area classes as well as in the English speaking environment outside of the school. Credit earned in this course applies to the English graduation requirement. PREREQUISITE: The student’s composite proficiency level is less than 4.8 and/or a literacy composite proficiency level less than 4.2 (W-APT, ACCESS), which is the criterion for limited-English language proficiency (LEP) in Illinois.  The school district has the discretion of using additional indicators to determine whether the student is eligible for services. The ELL Coordinator will coordinate with the Area Instructional Leader for placement and scheduling.

 

 

 

 

 

R-1541-  ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE (ELL) II FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course will stress the skills of listening, understanding, and speaking English taught in ESL I. More emphasis is placed on reading and writing because, after ESL II, the student is mainstreamed into regular English classes. The student will read short stories and novels; write paragraphs, compositions, and book reports; and write a short library research report. Credit in this course applies to the English graduation requirement. PREREQUISITE: The student’s composite proficiency level is less than 4.8 and/or a literacy composite proficiency level less than 4.2 (W-APT, ACCESS), which is the criterion for limited-English language proficiency (LEP) in Illinois.  The school district has the discretion of using additional indicators to determine whether the student is eligible for services. The ELL Coordinator will coordinate with the Area Instructional Leader for placement and scheduling.

 

R-1543-  ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE (ELL) III/ENGLISH III FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to meet the needs of the limited-English proficient (LEP) students in the English as a New Language (ELL) Program. Students build on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills taught in ELL II, to enable them to function in content classes as well as in the English speaking environment outside of school. Credit in this course applies to the English graduation requirement. PREREQUISITE:  The student’s composite proficiency level is less than 4.8 and/or a literacy composite proficiency level less than 4.2 (W-APT, ACCESS), which is the criterion for limited-English language proficiency (LEP) in Illinois.  The school district has the discretion of using additional indicators to determine whether the student is eligible for services.  The ELL Coordinator will coordinate with the Area Instructional Leader for placement and scheduling.

 

R-1549-  ESL TUTORIAL FOR 9-10-11-12 - 1 CREDIT  This course is designed to provide the limited-English proficient (LEP) students enrolled in the school’s English As A New Language (ELL) Program with bilingual assistance and/or other ELL intervention that will help them be successful in their content area classes. Credit earned in this course applies to the credits required for graduation. PREREQUISITE: The student’s composite proficiency level is less than 4.8 and/or a literacy composite proficiency level less than 4.2 (W-APT, ACCESS), which is the criterion for limited-English language proficiency (LEP) in Illinois.  The school district has the discretion of using additional indicators to determine whether the student is eligible for services. The ELL Coordinator will coordinate with the Area Instructional Leader for placement and scheduling.

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