English & Language Dev

English & Language Development

Our language program is designed to ensure all our graduates are prepared to participate at the college level. Students are placed in classes based on their language proficiency, ranging from English language learners to native English speakers and writers. We ask of our students the highest standard of participation; however, we also teach to every student’s level in an inviting atmosphere and see tremendous improvement in all of our students.

College English

Course text is derived from the projected calendar of plays and literary readings in the Bay Area. The class reads 8 literary selections ranging from poems, short and full-length plays, novels, and screenplays. For example, in Spring 2012, the play Reykjavik will be read prior to seeing its performance at Stanford University. The class benefits from experiencing and engaging with literature live. This class is modeled from a UC Berkeley English Junior seminar. Students write 500-word essays every two days, exploring Buddhist themes such as desire, hindrance, suffering, enlightenment, compassion, forgiveness, peacemaking found in the assigned literature. Students will have the ability to write effortlessly college-level essays. Creative Writing assignments allow students to become producers of art, exploring Buddhist metaphors.

English

Course text is derived from the projected calendar of plays and literary readings in the Bay Area. For example, in Spring 2012, the play The Pirates of Penzance will be read prior to seeing its performance at the Berkeley Playhouse/Julia Morgan Theater. The class benefits from experiencing and engaging with literature live. This English class reads 4 literary selections ranging from poems, short and full-length plays, novels, and screenplays. There is a heavy emphasis in vocabulary appreciation and recognition. Creative Writing assignments allow students to become producers of art, exploring Buddhist metaphors.

Middle School

English

Middle School English Syllabus | PDF

The focus of this course is further developing and refining students’ English levels in reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. Students read whole class novels as well as individual “just right” books at each student’s independent reading level. We study and learn weekly spelling lists, use word study to enhance ways of thinking about language and its meaning, and examine vocabulary in context in our class novels. Some of our focus has been on the Asian-American experience, such as in our current novel, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord, and in our poetry unit on growing up Asian in America.

ELD/ ESL

ESL

Syllabus.doc

This class aims to provide students with a foundation of basic English vocabulary, grammar, and reading and writing skills. Language! and Access are two programs we use, along with guided reading and the Lindamood vowel circle. Students practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to improve their level of English. They do repeated oral reading of books at their own reading levels, and practice writing about what they read in order to foster comprehension and written expression.

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