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PROFICIENCY SCALE

A student who shows that s/he CAN do the following at the end of the semester and receives an average of 75% for all courses will be able to move up to the next level.





Level 1 High Beginning

Level 2 Low Intermediate

Level 3 Intermediate

Level 4 Advanced

Reading

• Find main ideas and supporting details and understand visual information in basic academic texts.

• Preview, predict, and scan.

• Identify purpose, cause/ effect, reasons, sequence, and pronoun reference.

• Identify parts of speech and parts of words; find meanings of new words from context.

• Complete sentences, match words to definitions, etc. for targeted vocabulary.

• Use reflecting, analyzing, summarizing, making inferences skills.

• Write sentences in response to readings applying the language introduced in the textbook.

• Find main ideas, details, and specific information in simple reading passages and videos

•Preview, scan, skim, and make predictions based on reading selections.

• Distinguish facts from opinions and make inferences.

•Analyze reading selections by identifying similarities, identifying reasons/motivations, cause/effect, advantages/disadvantages, etc.

•Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate solutions to problems, the relative importance of issues, and writers’ attitudes.

• Complete sentences, match words to definitions, etc. for targeted academic vocabulary.

• Write sentences and paragraphs in response to readings and visual information, applying targeted writing skills.



• Apply reading skills taught in Level 2 to simplified academic texts.

• Interpret infographics, survey information, maps, charts, and captions.

• Identify and understand references and figurative language.

• Evaluate arguments, sources, and evidence.

• Analyze and synthesize information.

Identify pros and cons; identify and differentiate theories from fact, etc.

• Apply methods and theories to different scenarios.

• Complete sentences, match words to definitions, fill in the blanks etc. for targeted vocabulary.

• Write different types of paragraphs applying targeted grammar and writing skills.

• Write a summary.

• Give oral or written reports on a self-chosen book.


• Read academic texts and recognize main and supporting ideas, infer facts and ideas, identify meaning from context, and utilize graphs, tables, etc.

• Scan academic passages to locate specific information.

•Summarize academic passages orally and in writing.

• Analyze written passages for technique, audience, attitude, purpose, causes, effects, and arguments.

•Synthesize information from multiple sources to make judgments and justify opinions.

•Interpret and evaluate evidence, figurative language, and supporting arguments.

• Complete sentences, match words to definitions, fill in the blanks, and produce original sentences correctly for targeted academic vocabulary.

•Respond orally and in writing to written passages, videos, and their ideas, use readings as writing models, and apply targeted grammar and writing skills.

•Understand video content and relate it to reading passages.


Writing

Grammar/Writing 1A

• Identify and apply correct capitalization, punctuation, and word order.

• Write a complete sentence that has a subject, verb, and object.

• Identify and apply basic grammar constructions. (See Grammar Level 1)



• Identify and compose effective simple, compound, and complex sentences.

Identify, define, and apply the steps of the writing process and specific techniques for each.

• Identify, define, evaluate, correct, and compose topic sentences, supporting sentences, and concluding sentences and combine them into correctly structured original paragraphs.

• Write at least one effective example of the following types of paragraphs: narrative, descriptive, process analysis, definition, and opinion.

• Write at least one paragraph produced in the following situations: collaboratively, timed, and multi-draft out-of-class.

• Identify and correct sentence fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices as well as errors in grammar, capitalization, word choice, and punctuation.

• Define the terms clarity, unity, development, and coherence; evaluate paragraphs for those qualities; and apply techniques for achieving them.



• Identify and compose effective simple, compound, and complex sentences.

• Identify, define, and apply the steps of the writing process and specific techniques for each to paragraphs and essays.

• Write a variety of types of correctly structured academic paragraphs.

• Identify, define, evaluate, correct, and compose the parts of an academic essay.

• Identify and correct sentence fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices as well as errors in grammar, capitalization, word choice, and punctuation.

• Write at least one essay produced in each of the following situations: collaboratively, timed, and multi-draft out-of-class, using MLA format for out-of-class essays and documentation where needed.

• Write an effective example of at least three of the following types of academic essays: descriptive, compare and contrast, classification, and opinion, achieving clarity, unity, development, and coherence in each.


Research

 Apply the basics of essay writing skills to writing a research paper.

 Paraphrase excerpts from academic articles chosen by the teacher.

 Write summary/response essays on these articles.

 Summarize several academic articles.

 Annotate focused readings, create a rough outline, write a thesis statement, and create topic sentences.

 Complete a detailed outline including all proposed evidence.

 Write multiple drafts of an argument research paper with proper documentation and references.

 Write timed in-class essays in a computer lab in anticipation of the TSI test.

 Meet with a teacher one-on-one at least once for a writing conference.

Illustrate homework completion through spot checks, quizzes, or other means.

Complete papers, presentations, and activities on time.

Be punctual in attending all required activities.


PROFICIENCY SCALE

A student who shows that s/he CAN do the following at the end of the semester and receives an average of 75% for all courses will be able to move up to the next level.


Level 1 High Beginning

Level 2 Low Intermediate

Level 3 Intermediate

Level 4 Advanced

Grammar

Grammar/Writing 1B

• Identify and apply correct verb tenses: Present Simple and Progressive, Past Simple and Progressive, and Future tenses in sample sentences.

• Identify and apply parts of speech, comparisons, and modal auxiliaries.

• Form questions and use questions words.

• Compose simple grammatically correct sentences.

• Identify and apply present, past, future, and perfect tenses correctly.

• Identify and apply noun forms, pronouns, word order, and subject-verb agreement.

• Identify and apply modal auxiliaries.

• Form questions using questions words.

• Compose grammatically correct sentences.





 Connect ideas with and, but, or, because, and although and use correct punctuation.

 Identify and use comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.

 Identify and use active voice, passive voice, and other passive constructions.

 Identify and use count and non-count nouns, articles, and capitalization of geographic names.

 Identify and form adjective and noun clauses.

 Identify and use gerunds and infinitives.

 Produce sentences illustrating intermediate grammar skills.



Writing/Grammar

• Identify, define, and apply the parts of the academic paragraph and essay, the steps and goals of the writing process, and the methods of development in objective questions, sample readings, and original writing.

• Produce at least two paragraphs and at least two multi-paragraph essays by following the steps of the writing process.

• Draw and label the rhetorical triangle and apply it to sample essays and writing.

• Produce at least one example of informal writing, academic paragraph, and academic multi-paragraph essay in timed situations.

• Write for several purposes, including to generate ideas, to explain, to respond to readings, and to persuade.

• Write for both general academic audiences and specific audiences.

• Produce at least one essay using MLA format and documentation.

• Identify, apply, and correct errors in the use of complete sentences, sentence types, parallelism, noun clauses, adverb clauses, adjective clauses, and participles and participial phrases on objective tests, sample essays, and original writing.


Listening/Speaking

• Listen for main ideas and specific information and use context clues in social, work, and academic situations.

• Request, understand, and give basic information such as directions, reasons, invitations, complaints, and advice.

• Apply basic language skills for social interactions.

• Apply words, terms, and idioms on a variety of topics.

• Identify and apply stress and reductions in words and sentences.

• Apply critical thinking skills.



• Take notes while listening to a university lecture excerpt, applying targeted note taking strategies.

Identify the general message, strategies, and details of videotaped excerpts of university lectures.

• Apply targeted presentation skills through formal oral presentations before a small group.

• Apply targeted academic discussion strategies through participation in whole-class discussions.

• Correctly use targeted vocabulary words and collocations by completing sentences or through applied practice.


• Identify the general message, lecture language, and main ideas and details of videotaped excerpts of university lectures.

• Take notes applying targeted note taking strategies.

• Apply targeted presentation skills through formal oral presentations using visuals or power-point.

• Apply targeted academic discussion strategies through participation in whole-class discussions.

• Correctly use targeted vocabulary words and collocations by completing sentences or through applied practice.



• Identify main ideas, details, and lecture language of videotaped excerpts of university lectures.

• Take notes, use notes to answer questions, and identify note-taking strategies after watching academic lectures.

• Demonstrate targeted presentation skills through formal oral presentations using visuals or power-point.

• Deliver a university level speech with appropriate information, support, organization, audience analysis, visual aids, etc.

• Correctly use targeted vocabulary words and colocations by completing sentences.

• Identify academic discussion strategies.





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