ESL Fall 2013
Main Program (Levels 1&2)
Using the Side by Side 1 book series, this class will introduce basic grammar structures and everyday vocabulary that will help beginning English speakers interact better with people in the workplace and in the community. Each unit will incorporate interactive speaking, listening, and reading activities, as well as workbook exercises. Songs, holiday activities, and civics lessons will also be integrated into the course.
Main Program (Levels 3&4)
This class will explore multiple advanced ESL texts based on the needs and desires of the students. The foci of this course are: developing fluid conversational skills, improving reading comprehension, and applying advanced grammatical constructs in students’ writings. Holiday activities and civics lessons will also be integrated into the course.
Conversations for Work (Levels 1&2)
Having trouble communicating with co-workers and supervisors at work? Then this class is for you! This course will utilize work-based to teach students how to be successful in the U.S. workplace. Topics will include: expressing personal information, filling out forms, following safety rules, reporting problems, understanding schedules, and asking for and receiving help.
English through the Movies (Levels 2&3)
In this class, students will learn English through watching entertaining video clips from a variety of well-known American movies. Activities will be centered on listening comprehension, learning grammatical structures, and applying them in conversations and writings. Students will also gain a better understanding of colloquial phrases in American culture.
True Stories (Levels 3&4)
Students will focus on reading comprehension and building vocabulary through reading the remarkable novel Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom. Mawi tells his unforgettable story of his family fleeing war-torn Ethiopia at the age of three, living for years in a Sudanese refugee camp, and eventually immigrating to the United States to live on welfare in the Chicago suburbs at age seven. Students will be inspired by this true tale of the American Dream of Mawi overcoming numerous language and cultural barriers, and graduating from the prestigious Harvard University on a full-tuition scholarship.
Spanglish Nights (Levels 2-4)
Mondays: Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 2 & 16
Spanglish Nights are open to high-beginner to advanced level ESL learners and the wider Jackson Hole community who are interested in improving their English and Spanish skills. Activities may include role plays, improvisations, idiomatic phrases, and other conversational games – a chance to learn from the natives! This class is part of a Language Exchange Program designed to help break down language barriers and build cultural understanding in the community. Participants also have the opportunity to be paired up with a language exchange partner. Contact the ESL Department if interested.
--DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM--
Distance Learning is for students who are unable to attend regular classes, and also for enrolled students who want to learn more English outside of class. Students may use the computer lab at CWC, at the public library, or study at home on their own personal computer.
These are the requirements of the Distance Learning Program:
- Have access to a computer and internet (at home, at the library, or at CWC)
- Attend a 3-Day Distance Learning Training
- Spend 2-3 hours on www.USALearns.org/class each week
- Complete 3-7 units per month with 80% accuracy
- Record study time on a log sheet
- E-mail the teacher after completing each unit
- E-mail the teacher about his/her progress at the end of each month
- Meet with a teacher or volunteer once a month to evaluate progress in the program
3-Day Training: Fridays 6:30-8:30PM (Sept. 6, 13, 20)
In the required 3-day training, students will learn how to
- log onto CWC computers
- use a computer mouse
- open an e-mail account and use e-mail
- open a www.usalearns.org/class account and use the program
The ESL website is very interactive with videos, matching activities, games, and typing exercises. If a student cannot attend the 3-day training, he/she can make an appointment with a volunteer to do a private training.