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ESL level 5 (08005)

Patrick Henry High School

ESL Level 5 Syllabus



Instructor Contact Information

Name: Kadia Mosiori

Room: 207

Phone/Voicemail: (612)668-



Course Description

This is an advanced ESL academic language course. The focus is on vocabulary development, grammar and sentence structures, text analysis and interpretation, academic writing, formal presentations, and research processes. Non-fiction materials selected from various content-area texts, journals, essays, speeches, biographies, newspapers, will be used to promote conceptual development across the curriculum. Literary texts (fiction) will also be used for literary analysis and evaluation of a variety of fiction.


Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to help students further develop their academic English language skills and move toward mastery of grade-level appropriate academic language.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1.      Understand most grade-level academic content in various academic genres including presentations, lectures and group discussions (MN ESL Listening Standard 1.2)

2.      Use a wide range of general and content specific vocabulary to participate in discussions and give grade-level oral reports (MN ESL Speaking Standard 2.2)

3.      Understand grade-level texts with limited visual support in a variety of genres including informational, expository and persuasive texts (MN ESL Reading Standard 3.2, ELA Reading Standard)

4.      Identify topic, main idea(s) and supporting details(MN ESL Reading Standard 3.2)

5.      Demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential, and evaluative comprehension (ELA Reading Standard) Respond to literature using ideas and details from the text to support reactions and make literary connections  (MN ELA Reading and Literature Standard)

6.      Write a variety of texts for academic purposes; revise a draft for content and organization and edit for grammar, spelling and mechanics accuracy. (MN ESL Writing Standard 4.2)


Required Texts and Other Supplies

·         Texts: 1. Pamela H. Quest: Listening and Speaking in the Academic World. McGraw-Hill College, 1999.

2.  Pamela H. Quest: Reading and Writing in the Academic World. McGraw-Hill College, 1999.

·         Supplemental  reading materials from a variety of sources to be determined





Major assignments

There will be 4 major projects in the course of the year, one per quarter.

Class work and homework

There will be several other class work and homework assignments throughout the year.

Quizzes and tests

You will have occasional quizzes and tests based on specific instructional materials. These quizzes and tests will allow the teacher to assess students’ progress towards acquisition of a specific skill or knowledge. Tests will be announced at least one week before the test date. There will be no announcement for quizzes.


Grading Policies

You are expected to do all major assignments, class work, homework, quizzes and tests.  You will get a grade for all major assignments, quizzes and tests. However, only selected class work and homework will be graded. I will use a numerical grading system, and the weight of the total grade for each assignment will reflect the amount of work and level of thinking that is needed to complete it. For instance, a quiz may count  for only 5 points and a major assignments for 50 points. Your final grade for the class will be a letter grade (A-F) based on the numerical total points. Class participation will count for 10% of your total grade for each quarter. The following is the grading scale for this class:

A: 100%-94%                         C+: 79%-77%                         D-: 63%-60%

A-: 93%-90%                          C: 76%-74%                            F: 59% and below

B+: 89%-87%                         C-: 73%-70%                         

B: 86%-84%                            D+: 69%-67%                        

B-: 83%-80%                          D: 66%-64%                                  


Late and missing work

The due dates for all assignments completed outside the classroom will be posted . I will take away 10% of the total possible points for each assignment not turned in on the due date. For instance if a student gets 10/10 on a late assignment he/she will lose 1 point on that assignment and will get 9/10 instead.


Your grades will be posted on the Minneapolis Public Schools website within two weeks of work completion.  One missing assignment negatively impacts your total grade. I may give you a grade on paper but forget to enter it on Discovery. So, I will advise you to keep all completed and graded work in your folder until you see your grade on Discovery. That is the only proof that you completed work for which you do not have a grade on the computer.


If you are absent and miss a test , quiz or any other class work that you cannot make up, you will get a 0 unless you bring proof of excused absence.


Class policies/expectation



Regular attendance is necessary for each student to get the knowledge and skill you need to improve your English and achieve the goals of this course. Attendance will be part of  classroom participation grade. If you miss more than 7 days of school, you will automatically fail this class. If you miss a class or come late, it is your responsibility to find out what work you have missed and to make it up as soon as possible.


It is important that you come to class on time. You are expected to be in the room when the bell rings. Consequences for tardiness will be according to Patrick Henry school wide tardiness policy.


You must not leave the classroom during class period without a pass signed by the teacher.  Passes will be limited and will be given only when necessary (according to the teacher‘s own judgment).

Scholastic Honesty

You are expected to follow scholastic honesty rules at all time in all your work. Scholastic honesty means that any work that you give the teacher for a grade is a product of your own effort and reflects what your truly know and/or can do. Scholastic dishonesty includes cheating on a test, quiz or exam, copying from a classmate’s assignment or any other written source (plagiarism). Any student who violates this academic honesty policy will receive 0 for the assignment and parents will be notified.



Be prepared: bring a pencil/pen and a notebook/ paper every day.

Be respectful: respect everybody; listen to your teacher and classmates when they are talking; respect school property; sit properly.

Use classroom time wisely: stay on task; don’t waste time with disruptive talk or behavior.

Beside the classroom rules and expectations above, each student in is expected to follow all school and district wide behavior policy in this classroom.



As a teacher at Patrick Henry, I am expected and will contact your parents/guardians  whenever necessary by phone or in writing (e-mail/ regular mail) to communicate information regarding absences, behavior and missing work. I will also communicate information about my class via the internet. My course syllabus will be available on my Website and student grades will be available on Discovery. There will also be regular classroom announcements regarding test dates and major assignment due dates.


Academic Support

I will be available for extra help (tutorial) outside of class most Mondays/ Thursdays after school. I will also encourage you to meet with me at other times when I am available.


Course Calendar

I will give you a course outline at the beginning of each quarter. The 4 quarters are as follows:

Quarter 1: Sept 1-Nov. 5

Quarter 2: Nov. 1-Nov. 5

Quarter 3: Jan 25 - March 25

Quarter 4: April 5-June 8


Patrick Henry High School

ESL level 5

2009-2010: Quarter 1 outline


Important topics

Language structures

Essential skills

Important dates

Sept. 1 – Sept.  4

Introduction/ syllabus/ Assessment (vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing





Sept. 7 – Sept.  11

Unit 1

Education: challenges and success

Multiple intelligence

introduction to brainstorming


defining concepts

reflecting personal strengths and weaknesses in learning


Sept. 14  – Sept. 18

Education: Autobiographical excerpts: from Hunger of Memory

( Richard Rodriguez)


simple present and simple past tenses


making inferences

interpreting text

recognizing figurative language


Sept. 21  – Sept. 25

Education: power of knowledge and language

Malcolm X

The teacher who changed my life

adjective clauses

analyzing literature: appreciating personal accounts

understanding purpose


Sept. 28  – Oct. 2

Unit 2 : Global business

Part 1: Doing business internationally

Cultural differences

helping verbs(modal auxiliaries)

modals of advice

making inferences

guessing meaning from context

finding the main idea and details

understanding stems and affixes

giving advice

October 2: Parent/ Teacher conference day (no school)

Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Doing business internationally:



adjective/ relative clauses

coordinating conjunctions


choosing a topic

narrowing a topic and writing a paragraph of example


Oct. 12  – Oct. 16

Unit 2: Part 2: International Economy: Supply and demand – Stories in the news.

International business project


the passive voice

understanding new words: accepting uncertainty

making inferences

using a word journal

Oct. 1 5 & 16: No school  (MN Education  Convention)

Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

International economy

Business in Literature: Excerpt from Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons


avoiding and repairing run-ons and comma splices

adjective clauses

understanding parts of speech

understanding italics

making inferences


Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

International economy: Economic systems

adverbial conjunctions

compound and complex sentences

guessing meaning from context: (that is, in other words)

October 30: International business project  due

Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

International economy: writing

compound and complex sentences

writing a paragraph of analysis

Nov. 5: First quarter ends

Nov. 6: no school