English as Another Language (formerly ESL)

Welcome to ENL (English as a New Language) with Ms. Clagnaz! This document will serve as a course outline as well as a guideline for student expectations. Keep this contract in your folder and refer to it when necessary.

 

Course Description:

ENL prepares students of a variety of linguistic backgrounds and cultures to access all of their content courses. The program focuses on building skills that will ensure success in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to achieve a commanding score on the NYSESLAT. Students will build the following skills: decoding, grammar, academic vocabulary, argumentative writing, editing, public speaking, annotating, organization, collaboration, research, and much more. The theme of this year’s course will focus on intertextuality, in other words, we will look closely at the ways in which texts are connected to one another. We will address how culture impacts or inspires various deliberate applications of intertextuality. This theme will be addressed in many text types including: poetry, plays, fiction, and excerpts from non-fiction novels or articles.

 

Texts:

The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela Laskin

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

 

Materials:

Folder with pockets

Loose-leaf paper (college ruled only!)

Pens (blue or black ink only)

Pencils and erasers

Agenda/Planner

Bilingual dictionary (Ms. C will provide you one if needed)

 

**You must have these materials by Wednesday, September 12, 2018

 

Grading Policy:

Homework 10%

Participation 25%

Classwork/Quizzes: 25%

Essays/Tests/Projects 40%

You will have access to your grades on www.pupilpath.com. A username and password will be provided for you. It is also a great place to go to find out if you are missing any assignments. You will also be given a Gramercy g-mail account: you are responsible for checking it on a regular basis.

 

CDOS Standards:

Standard 1: Career Development Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.

Standard 2: Integrated Learning Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.

Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace. and

Standard 3b: Career Majors Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.

 

Gramercy’s Four Core Norms:

Be on time to school and classes;

Respect all community members in every way;

Complete all your work to the best of your ability on time; and

Participate and listen to others.

 

Academic and Behavioral Expectations:

  1. Come to class prepared and on time.

Be in your seat with your homework and materials out at the start of the late bell. Being on time is a sign of respect and a necessary skill in life. Failure to come to class on time will affect your overall grade, as it results in a loss of instructional time.

  1. Respect school property and the property of others.

Respecting school materials is vital in maintaining a harmonious classroom environment. Treat materials and others the way you wish to be treated.

  1. Respect the thoughts and ideas of your classmates

Even though participation is vital in this classroom, negative or insensitive comments will not be tolerated.

  1. NO FOOD, DRINK, CANDY, or GUM!
  2. Cellphones should be silenced or turned off and out of sight at all times.

 

Homework Policy:

Expect to receive a few homework assignments per month. Late homework is unacceptable unless it is accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian explaining why the assignment is late.

 

***Although homework is not assigned everyday, it is expected that you are reading independently for fun, watching English film/television/the news, re-reading your notes in all classes, and spending time exploring all that NYC has to offer.

 

Writing Assignment Policy:

  • Must be typed (1” margins, double spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman) and stapled if more than one page.
  • Must use citations and references in MLA format
  • Must be on time (no late assignments will be acceptable unless a note from a parent/guardian accompanies it)