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English As Second Language (Adult English Classes)

Beginning ESL Syllabus

Student book: American English File, 2nd Edition

Course Description:

The textbook listed in this syllabus is for the Beginner Level Adult English Learner. This class will allow students to develop Basic English vocabulary and grammatical structures so that they can successfully communicate. Also, students will develop literary and analytical skills which will enable them to be successful in future courses.

Specific units are described in the scope and sequence on the following pages. Every unit will develop students’ Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills:

Listening: Students will listen to English from native speakers via their teacher and other media. They will also listen to English spoken by their peers. They must focus their attention on the speaker’s message in order to comprehend and produce a meaningful response.

Speaking: Students will have the weekly opportunity to practice speaking in structured conversations with their peers. Also, there will be weekly homework assignments for students to use to practice their speaking skills.

Reading: Students will be reading a variety of modified texts, including short stories, poetry, and expository writing, with guidance and support from their teacher and peers. Students will learn various strategies to help them comprehend a text in their second language. They will also learn analytical skills necessary to interpret both literature and images.

Writing: Students will be writing on a weekly basis, practicing the grammar structures and the new vocabulary. They will write a variety of personal narratives, descriptions, reports, poems, and reflections based on the literature. They will also have the opportunity to create their own works of creative fiction in response to various texts.

Course Material: Students should purchase the following book for class use:

New English Course Student Book, 2nd Edition, Level 1

ISBN: 978-0194776158

You may order directly from Oxford Press: or this book is available at a lower price at Amazon

Regardless of where you order the student book, make sure you order the correct book, using the correct ISBN number, listed above.

Beginning ESL: Scope & Sequence

Grammatical Concepts

Vocabulary Units

Reading & Literature Focus


First 6-weeks

  • To be: introduction
  • Subject Pronouns
  • Present Continuous Tense
  • Introductions
  • Personal Information
  • Locations
  • Everyday Activities

Literal v. Figurative

  • Components of a Story
  • Identifying Main Idea
  • Identifying Theme
  • Making Applications

Various Proverbs and Fables

Second 6-weeks

  • Possessive Adjectives
  • Adjectives
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Prepositions of Location
  • Everyday Activities (cont.)
  • Describing People and Things
  • Weather
  • Family Members
  • Describing Events & Activities
  • Characterization
  • Point of View
  • Using Context Clues

The Three Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Various cultural versions of "Cinderella"

Third 6-weeks

  • Prepositions
  • There is/There are
  • Singular/Plural
  • This/That/These/Those
  • Places Around Town
  • Clothing
  • Colors

Reading Expository Text

Connecting to World Culture

  • Conflict & Resolution
  • Characterization
  • The Epic Hero

A History of Greek Mythology

The Odyssey

Fourth 6-weeks

  • Simple Present Tense
  • Object Pronouns
  • Have/Has
  • Adverbs of Frequency
  • Languages & Nationalities
  • Habitual Actions
  • People’s Interests & Activities
  • Describing People
  • Feelings & Emotions
  • Predicting/Foreshadowing
  • Making Inferences
  • Recognizing Irony
  • Tone
  • Creating Suspense
  • Imagery

The Cask of Amontillado

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Raven

Fifth 6-weeks

  • Can
  • Have to
  • Future: going to
  • Want to
  • Abilities
  • Occupations
  • Expressing Obligations
  • Invitations
  • Telling Time

Ailments & the Doctor’s Office

  • Describing Events
  • Setting and Scene
  • Using Effective Dialogue
  • Dramatic Irony

The Characteristics of a Drama

Expository text about Shakespeare and the tradition of the theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Sixth 6-weeks

  • Regular Past Tense
  • Irregular Past Tense
  • Wh- questions
  • To be: past tense
  • Reasons & Excuses
  • Television Commercials

Describing Physical States & Emotion

Biographies & Autobiographies

  • Symbolism

Interpreting Elements of Design

  • Recognizing Propaganda
  • Persuasive Techniques
  • Researching Information
  • Identifying Historical Context

Various Holocaust Propaganda

Various Gulf War Propaganda

Various Print Ads

Expository text about the Holocaust

My Secret Camera

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