ESL Planning and Documentation Template - Course Student Learning Outcomes, Methods of Student Evaluation, And Method of Course SLO Assessment

ESL-121 English Idioms

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Understand common idioms in English conversation.
  2. Produce English idioms in English conversation and written dialogues.
  3. Explain the meaning of common English idioms used by native speakers.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Quizzes on idioms (including matching, fill-in, and multiple-choice questions as well as paraphrases of statements containing idioms).
  2. Written homework, including sentences and dialogues using idioms studied.
  3. Performance of spoken dialogues.

ESL-122 News and Current Events for ESL Students

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Write simple summaries of news stories.
  2. Develop an ability to express his/her opinion (orally and in writing) about current issues in the news.
  3. Compose original sentences in new contexts using vocabulary first learned in news stories studied in class.
  4. Distinguish between different types of news stories and their purposes.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Vocabulary quizzes
  2. Reading comprehension quizzes (multiple choice, fill-in, or short answer)
  3. In-class writing (summaries and responses to news articles)
  4. Homework (summaries, responses to news articles, sentences for new vocabulary)
  5. Participation in class and small group discussions.

ESL-123 English Verb Tenses

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Identify the primary meanings and uses of each of the English verb tenses.
  2. Respond to written and oral questions and/or prompts using appropriate verb tenses and
  3. structures.
  4. Use appropriate verb tenses in written and oral passages of his/her own creation.
  5. Edit his/her own writing to correct errors in verb tense and aspect.
  6. Use passive verbs correctly in appropriate contexts.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Writing tests & quizzes (sentence, paragraph, & essay)
  2. Objective tests & quizzes (fill in, multiple choice)
  3. Editing tests
  4. Oral interviews
  5. Dialogues

ESL-150 English Pronunciation I

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Recognize and distinguish English phonemes and corresponding IPA symbols.
  2. Expand production of the number of correct English phonemes.
  3. Identify and produce correct word syllabification.
  4. Identify and produce basic stress and intonation patterns in words and phrases.
  5. Develop high beginning fluency in basic English communicative contexts.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Instructor evaluation of brief oral student presentations/assignments every two weeks.
  2. Students submit a digital recording for analysis of basic pronunciation segmentals and supra-segmentals.
  3. Listening quizzes for phoneme discrimination.
  4. Final oral presentation.
  5. Evaluation tools and lab activity components of Pronunciation in English: High Beginning.

ESL-151 English Pronunciation II

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Identify and produce common English stress pattern in sentences.
  2. Demonstrate the use of appropriate stress patterns in connected speech.
  3. Identify and produce common English intonation and rhythm patterns in sentences.
  4. Demonstrate the use of appropriate English intonation and rhythm patterns in connected speech.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Instructor evaluation of oral student presentations/assignments every two weeks
  2. Listening quizzes for stress, rhythm, and intonation discrimination final presentations demonstrating course-specific oral production skills applied to connected speech
  3. Evaluation tools and activity components of Pronunciation in English: Intermediate

ESL-181LS Listening and Speaking, Level I

Blog: ESL-181LS Listening and Speaking, Level I.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Produce sentences and chunks of discourse in speech of 150-200 words on assigned topics.
  2. Respond to questions and discuss topics addressed in class and/or related to his/her own life in comprehensible speech.
  3. Identify main ideas and isolate specific detail in listening passages appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Listening tests that include objective items such as multiple choice, true/false, matching, and completion.
  2. Dictation
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Speaking tests may include role plays, one-on-one interviews, etc.

ESL-181RW Reading and Writing, Level I

Blog: ESL Reading/Writing Course Sequence 181RW-184RW.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Produce simple sentences with level-appropriate accuracy in basic sentence structure, sentence mechanics, verb tenses, and essential modal verbs.
  2. Produce paragraphs of 150-200 words on assigned topics (related to course themes or the student's life) with level-appropriate accuracy in sentence structure, mechanics, verb tenses, and essential modal verbs.
  3. Identify main ideas and isolate specific detail in reading passages appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency (high-beginning/low-intermediate)

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Timed paragraph writing (in class)
  2. Paragraphs/homework done out of class
  3. Written portfolio
  4. Reading, vocabulary, and grammar tests/quizzes including objective items such as multiple choice, true/false, matching, and sentence completion.

ESL-182LS Listening and Speaking, Level II

Blog: ESL-182LS Listening and Speaking, Level II.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Respond to questions and discuss topics addressed in class and/or related to his/her own life in comprehensible speech.
  2. Produce sentences and chunks of discourse in speech of 200-250 words on assigned topics and/or topics of the student's own choosing.
  3. Identify main ideas and isolate specific detail in listening passages appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency (Intermediate)
  4. Grow in grammatical accuracy of speech and/or be able to recognize and correct some of his/her own speech errors in the process of speaking (self-correction).

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Listening tests that include objective items such as multiple choice, true/false, matching, and completion.
  2. Speeches
  3. Speaking performances such as role plays
  4. Speaking tests (one-on-one interviews with instructor)

ESL-182RW Reading and Writing, Level II

Blog: ESL Reading/Writing Course Sequence 181RW-184RW.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Produce sentences and chunks of discourse in writing of 200-250 words on assigned topics with a particular focus on verb tenses, use of modal verbs, noun forms, and basic sentence combining.
  2. Identify main ideas and isolate specific detail in reading passages appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency (Intermediate). Be able to use the grammar learned in ESL-181 with increasing accuracy and fluency.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Timed, in-class essay tests
  2. Objective tests including multiple choice, true/false, matching, and sentence completion
  3. Written homework
  4. Portfolio of work completed

ESL-183LS Listening Speaking, Level III

Blog: ESL-183LS Listening Speaking, Level III.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Produce sentences and chunks of discourse in speech of 250-350 words in assigned topics with a particular focus on verb tenses, correct word form choice, intermediate level sentence patterns, and subordination and coordination in sentence combining.
  2. Respond to questions and discuss topics addressed in class and or related to his/her own life with increasing comprehensibility.
  3. Identify main ideas and isolate specific details in a variety of types of listening passages including one on one conversations, small group discussions, and short lectures.
  4. Successfully accomplish given authentic tasks and projects requiring oral/aural communication skills out in the campus and local community.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. At least 70% accuracy on listening tasks in the Advanced 3 Listening level of English Discoveries software.
  2. Successful communication of messages in assigned projects and tasks as evidenced by completed project/task products--e.g., survey data that has been collected, compiled, and analyzed for use in a project presentation, or a video of students reading to children at the Early Childhood Center showing the children correctly answering questions about the story.
  3. Listening tests
  4. Speeches or other oral presentations in class

ESL-183RW Reading and Writing, Level III

Blog: ESL Reading/Writing Course Sequence 181RW-184RW.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Read and analyze texts appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency Summarize, respond to, and analyze assigned reading materials in comprehensible written English.
  2. Write a coherent and organized paragraph/short essay of 200 words or more, in class, based on reading material and/or topics appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency.
  3. Review the grammar covered in ESL-181RW and 182RW with increased accuracy and fluency
  4. Use the grammar covered in ESL-181RW and 182RW with increased accuracy and fluency.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. In-class essays / essay exams
  2. Out-of-class essays
  3. Objective reading/vocabulary tests
  4. Grammar/editing quizzes
  5. Homework (written exercises of various types)

ESL-184RW Reading and Writing, Level IV

Blog: ESL Reading/Writing Course Sequence 181RW-184RW.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Read and analyze texts appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency
  2. Summarize and respond to assigned reading materials in comprehensible written English
  3. Write a coherent and organized paragraph/short essay of 250 words or more, in class, based on reading material and/or topics appropriate for students at this level of English proficiency.
  4. Use the grammar covered in ESL-181RW, 182RW and 183RW with increased accuracy and fluency.
  5. Incorporate new grammar and sentence structures into his/her writing.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. In-class essays / essay exams
  2. Out-of-class essays
  3. Objective reading/vocabulary tests
  4. Grammar/editing quizzes
  5. Homework (written exercises of various types)

ESL-191 Grammar and Editing Skills

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Identify common error patterns in the grammar and mechanics of his/her own writing and make progress in eliminating them.
  2. Recognize distinctions between what is appropriate in written and spoken English.
  3. Identify and correct errors in verb tense, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, and other structural features of English.
  4. Identify and correct run-ons, comma splices, and fragments.
  5. Use conditional sentences, reported speech, adjective clauses, adverb clauses, and noun clauses with increased accuracy.

Methods of Evaluation:

  1. Assignments from editing textbook
  2. Grammar exercises from other texts or websites
  3. Editing quizzes
  4. Formal and informal writing assignments: sentences, paragraphs and essays
  5. Students' progress toward reaching individualized goals
  6. Revisions of past writing assignments