English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

This is an immersion course; in class, you will listen, read, speak, and write in English only. Students in the class may range in age from 13 to 19; they may be enrolled in other courses for students in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. Post-graduate (PG) students that wish to study for the TOEFL or TOEFL iBT prior to applying to college may also attend. Our goal is for you to attain a level of proficiency in English that will allow you to work at grade level with little or no changes to the curriculum, and to complete your secondary (U. S. high school) education at CVA. Successful completion of the course as a senior or PG indicates that the student is capable of achieving academic success at a post-secondary school, college, or university in the United States, or at any English-speaking college or university world-wide. Students taking an ESOL course will be enrolled concurrently in Conversational English.

Grading Categories:
Homework 25% Listening 10% Writing 10%
Participation 25% Reading 10% Speaking 10%
Assessments 10% (tests/quizzes)

Homework: You will usually have homework, which may be related to work in another course. Homework assignments will be described orally and in writing ahead of time. A reminder email will be sent prior to the last study hall session before the homework is due. You must reply to this email before or during the first half of study hall. In this email you will let me know that you understand the assignment or that you have a question or problem with the assignment.

Homework will be checked at the beginning of class. Most simple assignments receive 5 points if complete, 4 points if almost complete, 2 to 3 points if partially complete, 1 point for an attempt, and zero (0, or no) points if not attempted. Some homework will be graded on correctness as well as completion; these assignments are expected to take more time to complete accurately, and they will be worth more points. Late homework must be complete (see late work policy). Students on Winter Sports Travel (WST) may receive alternate assignments in their packets, but they will have similar point totals.

Participation: You will receive a participation grade of up to 5 points for each class period. If all requirements for participation are met, you will receive the full 5 points. Many things can affect participation, including homework, attendance/tardiness, attitude, degree of compliance with class expectations, and binder maintenance.

Participation grades on WST packet work are based on the number of class days missed. For each missed class you will receive the full 5 points if your packet is handed in on time and complete. For example, if you miss two class periods to attend a competition, but hand in a completed packet before or during the first class period after you return to CVA, you will receive 10 points for participation.

Binder: You will receive a notebook for journal writing and vocabulary notes. You must also purchase a three-ring binder. Unless otherwise told, keep all syllabi, assignment descriptions, class notes, homework, handouts, tests, and quizzes in this binder, and bring it to every class. Binder checks will count toward the participation grade.

Assessments (Quizzes & Tests): You will receive a quiz for each grammar lesson, and review tests about every 6 lessons. Quizzes based on homework may be announced or unannounced. The number of points on quizzes will vary. Unless you are told otherwise, you may not use books or notes on quizzes or tests. Practice tests for standardized tests will be graded. These grades are to help you see how you might score on an actual TOEFL, SAT, or ACT test; they will not count toward your class average.


3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Fax: 207.237.2213
Email: dsmith@gocva.com