Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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PURPOSE:
The purpose of this course is to help students communicate in English, and allow them to acquire English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) adult program is a Workforce Development initiative funded by the Florida State Department of Education.  The approved courses are:

  • Literacy for Adult ESOL Learners  (Program # 9900300)
  • Adult English Literacy – Core ESOL (Program # 9900040)
  • English Literacy for Career and Technical Education – ELCATE (Program # 9900050)
  • Academic Skills (Program # 9900051)
  • Citizenship (Program # 9900090)

The program is designed to develop all components of language – speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation – in content.  The methodology is communicative, integrative, and student centered, as recommended by current research on language acquisition and adult learning. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Adult ESOL program offers all approved courses in numerous on-campus and off-campus classes. Adult ESOL program services students 16 years of age or above.  Classes are for students who reside in Miami-Dade County.

WHO IS THE INTENDED POPULATION?

  • This course provides English language instruction to adults whose first language is not English.
  • The course is intended for students who are able to read and write in at least one language.
  • The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar, with the goal of preparing students to use English for everyday life.

WHAT IS THE COURSE DESIGNED TO DO?

  • The course is designed to teach students to listen, speak, read, and write English in seven life-skills topics: Communication, Civics, Family and Community Resources, Employment, Consumer Education, Health and Nutrition, Transportation and Travel, and Safety and Security.

 HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED?

  • Students are pretest in listening (L) and reading (R) skills in order to determine the level of instruction.  Students are placed for instructional purposes based on the lower of the two scores to determine the student’s Educational Functional Level (EFL) for appropriate reporting to the National Reporting System (NRS).  The six levels of ESOL are Foundation, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate and Advanced. After 70-100 hours of instruction students are post tested to measure learning gains.
  • Students are tested with a state-approved assessment.  The approved tests are BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, CASAS (L and R), and TABE CLAS-E (L and R).

WHAT ARE STUDENTS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE?

 

ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR ADULT ESOL/ ADULT ESOL COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

WHO IS THE INTENDED POPULATION?

  • Students enrolling in this course have a goal to enter post-secondary education, university or college.
  • The course is open to students who have completed the six levels of the Adult ESOL Program # 9900040.

WHAT IS THE COURSE DESIGNED TO DO?

This course is designed to prepare students to succeed in taking postsecondary credit courses at a university or college.

HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED IN THE COURSE?

  • Students enter the course when achieving a CASAS test score of 235+ in reading and listening.
  • POSTTEST: No further testing with a state-approved assessment. Students show progression after completion of the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Academic Skills /Adult ESOL College and Career Readiness Curriculum Frameworks.

WHAT ARE STUDENTS TAUGHT IN THE COURSE?

  • The FLDOE Adult ESOL College and Career Readiness Academic Frameworks  based in the College and Career Readiness Standards  (CCR) emphasize that  adult ESOL students transition to postsecondary education by learning:
  1. Conventions of standard English grammar and usage
  2. The academic culture of US educational systems
  3. Engage effectively in collaborative conversations and/or discussions
  4. Write opinions, informational or research papers
  5. Acquire Digital Literacy
  6. Plan and set college and career readiness goals

HOW ARE STUDENTS TAUGHT?

  • The curriculum may be delivered through face-to-face instruction, lab-based computer assisted instruction, or a combination of researched-based instructional strategies.

HOW DO STUDENTS PROGRESS AND EXIT THE COURSE?

  • Students demonstrate progress by completing the competencies of the curriculum standards.
  • The instructor and program administrator sign off on each student’s Performance Progress Report to certify that he or she has completed the competencies of the Florida Department of Education Academic Skills for Adult ESOL/ Adult ESOL College and Career Readiness Curriculum Framework.
  • Upon completion of the course, the program will provide counseling to assist the student to transition to an ABE, GED Preparatory Course, or to a post-secondary program.

LABORATORY ACTIVITIES IN THE ESOL PROGRAM

Language Laboratory and computer-assisted instruction programs such as Rosetta Stone Language System and Burlington English are available to students.

SPECIAL NOTE

Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Adult students with disabilities must self-identify and request such services. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems.

 

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