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Our ESL course is divided into 7 levels. Each level is further divided into several lesson plans designed to take 1 to 2 hours of class time to complete. Depending on the skill levels of your class you may decide to move through some of the areas more quickly than others. The complete course at the designed pace will take a full year of class time, though some may complete it more quickly.

ESL/ Level 1

Develop basic language skills needed in classroom and in day-to-day adult situations. Focus on listening and minimal speaking tasks necessary to satisfy routine classroom and social demands and limited work requirements. Introduction to reading and writing skills.

  • Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Vocabulary words

ESL/ Level 2

Develop greater skills in listening and speaking for basic communication in the classroom, outside the classroom and at work. Expand reading and writing skills, introduction of basic grammar.

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing – simple forms, sentences
  • Grammar:
    • Commands (Give the book to him.)
    • Pronouns (he, she, they, I my, his, her)
    • Simple present tense (I go to school.)
    • Present continuous ( I am studying English)
    • Simple Past ( I went to school.)
    • Future (I am going to buy a car.)
    • Can/can’t (I can speak English.)

ESL/ Level 3

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to function satisfactorily in most real-life situations related to immediate needs.

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing – forms, notes, series of sentences, paragraph
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar:
    • Review of present, present continuous and future with “going to” questions and answers
    • Future tense with “will”
    • Introduction of have to, should, may, must would
    • Prepositions (in, on, at, next to, between)

ESL/ Level 4

Refine skills needed in conversations beyond survival needs. Function independently in most familiar situations and use appropriate language in routine social situations.

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing – notes, 2-3 paragraphs, short letters, applications
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar:
    • Review of present, past, and future tenses, modals (can, should, have to, etc)
    • Present perfect (I have lived here for two years.)
    • Present perfect continuous (I have been studying English for 2 months.)
    • Past continuous (I was sleeping when the phone rang.)
    • Future conditional – (If I have time, I will _____.)
    • Comparative (Los Angeles is bigger than San Diego.)
    • Infinitives and gerunds (I want to get a job. I enjoy watching TV.)

ESL/ Level 5

Skills needed to function effectively in familiar and unfamiliar social situations and familiar work situations. Communication needed to discuss/interpret cultural differences and use English to solve problems outside the class.

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing – short essays or series of paragraphs, reports, letters
  • Grammar:
    • Review of verb tenses in levels 1- 4 and review of present conditional
    • Difference between past tense and present perfect tense
    • Comparatives and Superlatives (better, best, more expensive, most expensive)
    • Past perfect (I had finished my work when you called.)
    • Conditional unreal – (if I had time, I would _____)
    • Reported speech – (He said that he was married.)
    • Verbs + prepositions (talk about, listen to, interested in)
    • Adjective clauses (The man who was wearing the black pants took the book.)

ESL/ Level 6

Fluency and communication skills. Self-monitor effectively when using basic grammatical structure and introduction to more complex structures. U.S. cultural values and thinking patterns are introduced through discussions, readings and writing.

  • Conversation and oral presentations
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • American culture
  • Writing – essays, letters, reports
  • Pronunciation
  • Research on the internet
  • Grammar:
    • Review of grammar from levels 2 - 5
    • Modals in the past – (I would have bought the car if I had had the money.)
    • Past conditional – (If I had known, I would have told you the news.)
    • Passive voice in the present, past and future (The child was picked up.)
    • Tag questions (You are going, aren’t you?)
    • Reported speech in the past (I told him that I had returned the book.)
    • Use of articles (a, an, the)
    • Adjectives, adverb, and noun clauses (He went to school even though it was raining.)
    • Future perfect (I will have bought a house by 2008)

ESL/ Level 7

Demonstrate knowledge of written and spoken English.

  • Conversation and oral presentations
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • American culture
  • Writing – essays, letters, reports
  • Pronunciation
  • Research on the internet
  • Grammar:
    • Review of grammar from levels 2 - 5
    • Modals in the past – (I would have bought the car if I had had the money.)
    • Past conditional – (If I had known, I would have told you the news.)
    • Passive voice in the present, past and future (The child was picked up.)
    • Tag questions (You are going, aren’t you?)
    • Reported speech in the past (I told him that I had returned the book.)
    • Use of articles (a, an, the)
    • Adjectives, adverb, and noun clauses (He went to school even though it was raining.)
    • Future perfect (I will have bought a house by 2020)




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