Tappan Zee High School

English as a Second Language

English Language Learners (ELL) English Language Arts (ELA)

Beginning ELL English (9/10)
Full Year, 1 credit
This course introduces English Language Learners to the fundamentals of English with an emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar are presented in context, and practical English, such as that needed to navigate the school environment, is emphasized. Students in this course are also encouraged to take advantage of several computer programs available for independent study. This course uses material appropriate for students whose English language skills could be described as entering, and requires two periods of instruction daily.

Intermediate ELL ELA I & II (Sections for 9/10, and 11/12)
Full Year, 1 credit
This intermediate level course is designed to give English Language Learners a background in literature and non-fiction texts with the goal of preparing them for mainstream ELA and for the English Regents exam. The course exposes students to classic literature from various traditions, as well as a variety of non-fiction texts, and uses material appropriate for students whose English language skills could be described as emerging or transitioning. Grammar is presented in context and individualized remediation is developed based on assessment of students’ written work. The course includes a mandatory cycled grammar lab.

Advanced ELL English (11/12)
This advanced level course is designed to continue to build students’ backgrounds in literature and non-fiction texts with the goal of preparing them for mainstream ELA and for the English Regents exam. The course exposes students to classic literature from various traditions, as well as a variety of non-fiction texts, and uses material appropriate for students whose English language skills could be described as emerging or transitioning. Grammar is presented in context and individualized remediation is developed based on assessment of students’ written work. The course includes a mandatory cycled grammar lab.

Beginning/Intermediate Reading/Writing Lab (9/10 and 11/12)
Full Year, Pass/Fail
This course provides specific instruction in reading and writing for students identified as entering, emerging, or transitioning. The teacher works closely with the rest of the ESL team to tailor instruction to address skills identified as needing support.

Advanced/Transitional ELL Lab (Sections for 9/10, and 11/12)
Full Year, Pass/Fail
This course supports students whose English language skills could be described as expanding or commanding. The course focuses on writing skills and provides individualized remediation in grammar based on ongoing assessment of student work.

ELL Learning Center (Sections for 9/10 and 11/12)
Description under Learning Center.

English Language Learners (ELL) Integrated Content Support

ELL Personal Finance  (9/10)
Full Year, 1 credit
This course will give students the survival skills and confidence to make tough financial decisions that they will face in life, for example, earning income, savings, investing, spending and credit, mortgages, determining insurance rates, and money management. These are just some of the topics to be covered.

ELL Algebra 1A (9/10)
Description under Mathematics & Computer Science.

ELL Algebra 1B (10/11)
Description under Mathematics & Computer Science.

ELL Geometry (11/12)
Description under Mathematics & Computer Science.

ELL World History and Geography 9R (9/10)
Description under Social Studies.

ELL World History and Geography 10R (10/11)
Description under Social Studies.

ELL U.S. History (11/12)
Description under Social Studies

ELL Economics/Issues in American Society (9/10)
Description under Social Studies.

ELL General Science (9/10)
Description under Science.

ELL Living Environment (10/11)
Description under Science.

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