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NEW SUMMER CLASSES:

FIRST SESSION 

Beginner ESL for Teens CRN: 40772
Date: July 8th – July 25th
Days: M/T/TH
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Building: Mountain Laurel Hall RM TBD
Class Description:
This course is for students who speak a little or no English and are familiar with the Western alphabet. Students will practice greetings and simple concepts related to the words “be” and “do.” It will also reinforce students’ understanding of verb tenses and sentence structure. It also includes simple and continuous verb tenses. Irregular verbs will also be introduced.

Intermediate ESL for Teens CRN: 40775
Date:   July 8th – July 25th
Days:  M/T/TH     
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Building: Mountain Laurel Hall RM TBD
Class Description:
This course is for students who feel comfortable with simple and continuous verb tenses and can participate in more fluent conversations. This course will introduce some higher-level grammar concepts, including perfect tenses, modals and passive voice. Students will also begin to master irregular verbs and will become more comfortable with “story telling” (correctly using various tenses that express past events and processes in their conversations). It also covers clauses and phrases.

Citizenship Prep Class CRN: 40777
Date:   July 8th – July 25th
Days:  M/T/TH     
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Building: Mountain Laurel Hall RM TBD
Class Description:
In the citizenship class, the student will learn how to fill out the citizenship application and become familiar with the information entered in it since most of the conversation during the interview will be based on the information from the application itself. Important facts form the US History and Social Studies make up the main component of the course. 

 


SECOND SESSION 

Beginner ESL for Teens CRN: 40773
Date:   July 29TH – August 15th
Days:  M/T/TH     
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Building: Mountain Laurel Hall RM TBD
Class Description:
This course is for students who speak a little or no English and are familiar with the Western alphabet. Students will practice greetings and simple concepts related to the words “be” and “do.” It will also reinforce students’ understanding of verb tenses and sentence structure. It also includes simple and continuous verb tenses. Irregular verbs will also be introduced.

Intermediate ESL for Teens CRN: 40776
Date:   July 29TH – August 15th
Days:  M/T/TH     
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Building: Mountain Laurel Hall RM TBD
Class Description:
This course is for students who feel comfortable with simple and continuous verb tenses and can participate in more fluent conversations. This course will introduce some higher-level grammar concepts, including perfect tenses, modals and passive voice. Students will also begin to master irregular verbs and will become more comfortable with “story telling” (correctly using various tenses that express past events and processes in their conversations). It also covers clauses and phrases.

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Accelerated ESL Program

 


ESL Electives

  • Workplace ESL (Part 1)
  • Workplace ESL (Part 2)

 


Accelerated Levels 1-6:

Note:  The skills encompassed in all six levels include integrated speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing.

All courses are very interactive, and students will be expected to participate in conversations with other students and with the instructor. Every effort will be made to avoid embarrassments for the student, but it is important to understand that fluency comes through practice.  We learn from our mistakes!

 

Level 1 Beginners

This course is for students who speak a little English and are familiar with the Western alphabet.  It will be especially helpful for students who (1) have not studied English in a classroom before, or (2) have a first language that does not use the Western alphabet.

Students will practice greetings and simple conversations.  This level emphasizes foundational grammar concepts related to the words “be” and “do.”  It also includes simple and continuous verb tenses.

 

Level 2 Beginners

Students who have become conversational in their English, but still need a firmer foundational knowledge of English grammar will benefit from Level 2.
This course reinforces Level 1 concepts by deepening students’ understanding of verb tenses and sentence structure.  Emphasis will be placed on the correct word order of questions and statements and on correct usage of auxiliary verbs.  Irregular verbs will also be introduced.

 

Level 3 Intermediate

This course builds on the foundation laid by the beginner courses.  It will introduce some higher-level grammar concepts, including perfect tenses, modals and the passive voice.  Students will also begin to master irregular verbs in this level.

Students are ready for Level 3 when they have begun to feel comfortable with simple and continuous verb tenses and basic sentence structure, including basic auxiliary verb usage. 

 

Level 4 Intermediate

The grammar concepts touched on in Level 4 will be increasingly varied.  The class will become familiar with the reasons for using diverse verb tenses and will become more comfortable with “story telling” (correctly using various tenses that express past events and processes) in their conversations.  Students will be progressively more adept at constructing complex sentences, learning a variety of types of clauses and phrases.

 

Level 5 Advanced

In this level, students will receive a lot of exposure to professional English, including communication with customers, with one’s boss and with potential employers in an interview setting, as well as other work-related English language skills. 
Students will have the opportunity to master grammar concepts such as phrasal verbs, higher-level modals, real and unreal conditionals, gerund and infinitive phrases, etc.  They will be expected to engage in conversations regarding any number of topics, including abstract and imaginary ideas.

 

Level 6 Advanced

This course incorporates problem solving and critical thinking, encouraging students to cognitively multi-task while operating in an English speaking environment (much like they already do in their first language).  It provides extensive practice through listening comprehension.  The emphasis in this class is on communication, encouraging students to express their own ideas and feelings.  Of course, the students’ pronunciation and grammar usage will be continuously monitored by the instructor.

Grammar includes the study and usage of verbs in the subjunctive, mastery of passives and complex conditional sentences. 

 


Electives:

ESL Foundations Courses (Summer only), (Levels 1-2)

These summer courses are an accelerated alternative to the regular semester Levels 1 & 2.  Their purpose is to help motivated students who desire to reaffirm their basic knowledge of English or want to begin in an intermediate level in the Fall semester achieve their goals.  The courses use different books and touch on different conversation topics than the regular curriculum, so that students who opt to take the beginner courses more than one time can enjoy an excellent foundation for their continued language studies.

This course is enriched with various dynamic learning methods and media.

 

Speaking & Listening American Informal English, I and II (Levels 3-6)

A very energetic and fun pair of courses, these lessons help students speak more like Americans.  Students will be introduced to English colloquialisms used in ordinary American conversations.  It emphasizes American sayings that cannot be translated or understood literally, but must be understood in their cultural context.  It also teaches “conversational grammar” in an exciting and informative way.

This course is recommended for intermediate-advanced level students.  Even though the section related to colloquialisms can be memorized by students at any level, the conversational grammar element is analytical in nature and requires some foundational ESL to be beneficial.

 

Speaking & Listening through American Media (Levels 4-6)

This lively higher-level class will challenge your listening skills and encourage you to think in English!  Students will be exposed to various accents and styles of speech through a variety of American media (both video and audio) that not only stimulate communication development but also contribute to a better understanding of American culture and values.  Students are encouraged to engage in the many conversations inspired by what you will see and hear in this course.  

 

Speaking & Listening on American Public Life and Society (Levels 4-6)

This is an exciting new course that has received high acclaim from our advanced and high-intermediate students!  It is a conversation class that explains and analyzes many different aspects of American society (including common American beliefs about business, education, family, ethics, immigration, etc.).  It is packed with meaningful conversation about key current American debates and political cultures.  In short, it is a conversational study of the “American psyche.”

 

Advanced Grammar 1 (Level 6+)

This course welcomes students who have a solid grasp of basic English grammar and who still want more.  The class will include some high-level grammar concepts that will be incorporated into spoken English.

 

Advanced Grammar 2 (Level 6+)

Those who have completed Advanced Grammar 1 will have the opportunity to give presentations throughout this course.  They will continue to master complex English grammar concepts.

 

TOEFL Preparation Course

This course is designed for advanced ESL students who are preparing to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a standardized exam that is commonly required in order to study at American universities.  The course is taught using official ETS test preparation materials, and classroom dynamics will include lecture, occasional TOEFL-related media, sample questions and exercises, writing workshops, and a guided online practice test developed by the makers of the TOEFL.  This course’s main objective is to prepare college-bound students to ace the TOEFL.

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Contact Information

Adriana Rodriguez-Almada
ESL Program Manager
Phone: (210) 486-4426
Email: achavez180@alamo.edu 

Josie Gonzales
CE Program Coordinator
Phone: (210) 486-4404
Email: jgonzales564@alamo.edu   

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