ESOL North Cobb ESOL Course Descriptions - Page 11

components of our environment, including the human impact on our planet. Instruction should focus on student data collection and analysis. Some concepts are global; in those cases, interpretation of global data sets from scientific sources is strongly recommended. It would be appropriate to utilize resources on the Internet for global data sets and interactive models. Chemistry, physics, mathematical, and technological concepts should be integrated throughout the course. Whenever possible, careers related to environmental science should be emphasized. Core ESOL classes such as this one are taught via one of two models: 1.) In a sheltered class model, the class (size limited to a maximum set by the state) is composed solely of ELLs and taught by a teacher who holds the content area certification as well as the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL (P-12) certification. 2.) In a Push-in model – students receive content instruction from a teacher certified in that content area with a collaborating ESOL certified teacher who provides language assistance for ELLs in the class. The curriculum follows the GPS of the general education content course but integrates the WIDA Standards and differentiates instruction and tasks to accommodate second language learners. A Composite Proficiency Level of 3 or higher with a strong proficiency score in Reading, is suggested for ELLs taking content area classes. English Language Learners (ELLs) are likely to experience success on the End-of-Course-Tests if they have an ACCESS for ELLS Composite Proficiency Level (CPL) of 4.3 – 4.8 combined with a strong Reading proficiency score. Pre-Requisite: 9 th grade or higher standing Terms Offered: Fall and Spring but depends upon the needs of ELL population based on English Language Proficiency levels balanced with other criteria including individual student age, graduation needs, motivation, work habits, and minimum class sizes. Grade Levels: 9 - 12 Units of Credit: 1.0 Quality Points: 0.5 Course #: 26.01200 Course Title: ESOL Biology Typically the 1 st or 2 nd science class for most students, Biology is a required course with a cumulative EOC test. The Biology curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the life sciences that began in grades K-8 and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in biology. This curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as the interdependence of organisms, the relationship of matter, energy, and organization in living systems, the behavior of organisms, and biological evolution. Students will investigate biological concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry. Course Description: Core ESOL classes such as this one are taught via one of two models: 1.) In a sheltered class model, the class (size limited to a maximum set by the state) is composed solely of ELLs and taught by a teacher who holds the content area certification as well as the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL (P-12) certification. 2.) In a Push-in model – students receive content instruction from a teacher certified in that content area with a collaborating ESOL certified teacher who provides language assistance for ELLs in the class. The curriculum follows the Georgia Department of Education Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools August 26, 2008 • Page 11 All Rights Reserved