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ELL

9th Grade 
Most ninth grade students study English in the ELL Level 2 class, which is designed to help students who are non-native speakers of the English language. These students have had some exposure to the English language already and have a moderate amount of understanding and the ability to communicate in English. The aim of the course is to develop language skills and to help them become more proficient in the English language. The students will receive two class periods of instruction for the ELL class. The English class will focus on reading and/or listening to various texts such as: newspaper articles, blogs, short stories, novels and poetry. The goal is for the student to be able to show comprehension of the material read and/or heard and to expand their vocabulary, speaking, listening and writing, and critical thinking skills. Students are expected to read one novel per semester independently with an accompanying activity. The second class is the ELL Support class. This class will focus primarily on the structure of the language. There will be a strong emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking. Students will use a grammar and academic writing book in this class and continue to have new words introduced to them to expand their vocabulary.  

10th Grade
The ELL Level 3 class is designed to help students who are learning the English language but have the ability to read and write extensively. These students have had significant exposure to the English language already and have a strong understanding and the ability to communicate in English. The aim of the course is to continue to improve the development of language skills and to help them become more proficient in the English language. The students will receive two class periods of instruction for the ELL class. The English class will focus on reading and/or listening to various texts such as: newspaper articles, blogs, short stories, novels, poetry, TED talks, interviews and documentaries. The goal is for the student to be able to show comprehension of the material read and/or heard and to expand their vocabulary, speaking, listening and writing, and critical thinking skills. Students will be expected to read two novels per semester independently with an accompanying activity. The second class is the ELL Support class.  This class will focus primarily on the structure of the language. There will be a strong emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking. Students will use a grammar and academic writing book in this class and continue to have new words introduced to them to expand their vocabulary.  

11th Grade
After ELL3, most students are ready for the IB English B course, the first of a two-year program designed to help students think critically and have a more in-depth understanding of world issues. The main aims are skill-based, focusing on language proficiency and fluency. This course aims to develop intercultural understanding and provide for multiple perspectives, as well as spread awareness of social differences and have a broader outlook on the world. Students will be expected to understand the main points of a variety of texts in English. They will be taught to write using different kinds of texts and speak knowledgeably regarding global issues. Students will be expected to read a few pieces of literature and compare their themes to contemporary issues.  

12th Grade
Students continue with the second of the two-year IB English B course that will hone in on the necessary skills for the students language proficiency. Students will take a more in-depth look at various text types and be able to critically analyze the meaning of the documents as well as discuss with fluency and spontaneity their meaning. The student will be able to produce clear and persuasive arguments on global, social and issues of communication. Students will be expected to write a response to various written tasks. They must write using accurate and appropriate language, organize ideas coherently, and use the conventions of a particular text type. Students will be expected to speak on various topics using their ability to produce, receive and interact in the English language for a sustainable period of time. Students will read literature and compare it to issues today while using the English language correctly at all times throughout.  

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