ESL - English as a Second Language
ESL classes teach grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and life skills. All classes also include instruction in English Language Civics.
For placement in the appropriate class, all students will be required to register for a testing session.
Golden Oak Adult School offers 5 levels of ESL. All students will be placed by assessment or teacher recommendation.
ESL Course Levels
Foundations is for students who are considered pre-literate and require instruction in the English alphabet, writing letters, and basic phonics. Students in this level typically have little formal schooling and may not read or write in their native language.
ESL Low Beginning
Low Beginning is appropriate for students who know the fundamentals of the English alphabet although they may not be familiar with English pronunciation. Students in this level typically have basic understanding of the elements of text and can read left to right and top to bottom on a page. Students may understand some basic English but be unable to speak or write independently.
ESL High Beginning
High Beginning is appropriate for students who have basic reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students in this level typically can read basic sight words and participate in short conversations in English. Students can write short sentences and spell words phonetically.
ESL Intermediate for the Workplace
Intermediate for the Workplace is appropriate for students who have learned basic conversational and social English and are ready to begin developing more professional and academic English skills. Students in this level can typically write short paragraphs and participate in conversations on a variety of everyday topics. In this course, there is a large focus on application of English skills and planning for career advancement and transition to college or other educational opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to co-enroll in a specially designed introductory course through College of the Canyons' School of Personal and Professional Development.
ESL Advanced Integrated English
Advanced Integrated English is appropriate for students who have some professional and academic English skills but require additional support as they transition to further career training or academic work. Students in this level can typically speak fluent conversational English and write at least a paragraph. Students are expected to co-enroll in a high school diploma course, career training course, or program through College of the Canyons' School of Personal and Professional Development.
**All students will be expected to purchase a textbook and/or workbook for their class. Teachers will provide details when classes begin.