ESL 005 - English as a Second Language Reading and Writing 1
English reading and writing skills for non-native speakers at the beginning level. Introduction to basic reading skills and practice in reading beginning material. Focuses on sentence-level writing skills by using basic sentence patterns. Practice in writing responses to picture stories and reading texts, and in writing controlled compositions. Introduction to conventions of basic academic writing. (This course is not acceptable for credits toward a degree)
Corequisites: ESL 003 English as a Second Language Grammar I, ESL 004 English as a Second Language Speaking & Listening I
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Master 500 basic words in English, by spelling them correctly and using them in simple sentences appropriately.
2. Use context to understand unfamiliar vocabulary.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of pre-reading strategies, such as vocabulary exercises, discussing drawings, pictures, or photos, and questions, and making predictions about the reading.
4. Identify the main idea and supporting details of short reading passages.
5. Write complete answers to comprehension questions based on picture stories and short reading texts.
6. Retell a story based on an oral or picture presentation.
7. Identify the basic parts of speech used in reading selections.
8. Identify basic tenses (Present Simple, Present Progressive, and Simple Past) and use them properly in sentences or controlled compositions.
9. Manipulate six basic sentence patterns by recognizing and using them correctly in simple writing tasks.
10. Combine sentences with "and, but, or, when, because".
11. Explain the basic spelling rules for forming verb endings: -(e)s, -ing, and -ed, and use these verb forms correctly in simple writing tasks.
12. Use basic conventions of writing, including indentation, capitalization, and punctuation in simple writing activities.
13. Develop editing skills by detecting and correcting grammatical and mechanics errors in simple texts.
14. Understand basic symbols and entry information in an ESL dictionary.
15. Understand alphabetical order in a dictionary.
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