English as a Second Language High Intermediate Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Ware 305

Office Hours

I am available before class, after class, or by appointment.

Course Information

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AELE-0053-101 English as a Second Language High Intermediate


Course Description

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught simultaneously.  Identify main ideas, supportive information, and recognize the speaker's hidden message. Comprehend extended social interactions such as an anecdote. Respond to routine spoken messages.  Comprehend and participate in extended conversation and other verbal exchanges that go beyond personal needs and familiar topics. Participate in complex spoken communication.  Speak fluently about familiar topics. Verbalize personal opinions.  Switch between standard and non-standard English as the situation warrants. Convey emotion of a spoken message.  Analyze written information and make summaries.  Read critically and use high level reading comprehension strategies. Determine the sequence of events in a narrative and understand techniques that show sequence (e.g., foreshadowing) Write about previously discussed topics, use complex transition words, and follow the basic steps of the writing process.  Write multi-paragraph compositions that are argumentative or opinion-based.  Write commentaries that summarize, analyze and evaluate a topic. Write outlines. Edit writing to conform to conventions of Standard English including voice, tense, structure, and grammar.

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Department Expectations

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Burlington English, an online curriculum, is used as supplemental




Computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone



Student Performance

Students are expected to contribute to a classroom environment that is respectful and conducive to learning. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom may result in a request to leave class. Repeated violations may be referred to the grant director or vice-president of student affairs.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  • Complete CRU intake and orientation paperwork.

  • Take the CASAS assessment

  • Follow all classroom rules.

  • Adhere to the attendance policy.

  • Maintain a courteous and positive attitude

  • Participate in group and individual activities.

  • Complete in-class and homework assignments.

  • Take all progress tests as directed.


Grading Criteria


     Attendance 60%

     Assignments 30%

     Participation 10%



Because attendance is important to be successful in the English as a Second Language Program, in college, as well as in the job place, students should attend all classes. If a student is absent, s/he cannot participate in the class by listening actively or by contributing to class discussions and collaborative activities. Therefore, the following attendance and tardy policies will be enforced.


  • Students are expected to attend all classes.

  • Attendance is taken at the beginning.

  • Students who miss the first week of classes (Census Day) will be dropped.

  • Students who have excessive unexcused absences during a semester will be dropped.

  • A tardy is defined as not being present when the class begins. If students are tardy, it is their responsibility to approach the instructor after class to ensure that their attendance is documented.



Additional Information

Class Schedule and Additional Syllabus Information Required by TWC (at the bottom)


  1.  Comprehend spoken language that deals with unfamiliar topics or situations.

  2. Identify and retell the main facts and supportive details from an oral presentation.

  3. Comprehend extended social interactions (e.g., a person telling an anecdote or discussing a social topic.)

  4. Recognize and respond to routine spoken messages, instructions, or questions (e.g., “Next customer, please!”)

  5. Identify and respond to descriptions (of people and places), narratives (of past, present, and future events), and argumentative speech, as well as complex factual products of spoken language.

  6. Comprehend facts presented in spoken discourse and recognize speaker-intended inferences.

  7. Take notes during a workshop, lecture, or oral presentation to capture main ideas and supporting details.

  8. Use background knowledge and contextual clues to participate in conversations.

  9. Can participate in conversations over the telephone or other telecommunication devices.


Subarea: 2. Speaking Skills: ELLs are able to speak in a variety of situations and settings using increasingly challenging vocabulary and language complexity with increasing fluency and accuracy.


Content Standards:


  1. Communicate needs verbally using increasingly complex words and phrases.

  2. Give directions to places and instructions for accomplishing specific tasks.

  3. Demonstrate an increasing range of English vocabulary appropriate for speaking in informal and formal settings.

  4. Produce spoken communications at each proficiency level that demonstrates increasing language complexity.

  5. Demonstrate appropriate speaking skills and strategies for persuading and discussing.

  6. Demonstrate appropriate speaking skills and strategies for seeking and relaying information.

  7. Demonstrate appropriate speaking skills and strategies for expressing feelings and emotions.

  8. Demonstrate appropriate speaking skills and strategies for collaborating and solving problems.

  9. Construct an oral argument presenting a particular point of view and providing evidence to refute an opposing point of view.


High-intermediate  ELLs comprehend and participate in extended conversation and other verbal exchanges that go beyond personal needs and familiar topics.




  1. Comprehend and participate in complex spoken communication.

  2. Speak fluently about a variety of familiar topics in low-anxiety situations.

  3. Verbally provide a personal opinion, logical argument, or examples about a given situation or topic to support one’s responses in debates or conversations.

  4. Use complex vocabulary to express opinions and defend a point of view.

  5. Switch between standard and non-standard English as the situation warrants (e.g., use colloquial language when appropriate).

  6. Convey the emotional content of a spoken message (e.g., anger, compliment, condolence, or sarcasm) through intonation, rhythm, and stress.

  7. Become increasingly able to change grammatical style in formal and informal settings by adjusting language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.

  8. Gain increasing command of academic and work-related vocabulary.


Subarea: 3. Reading Skills: The ELL reads a variety of texts at different levels of complexity for a variety of purposes with an increasing level of comprehension and fluency.


Content Standards:


  1. Implement a variety of reading comprehension strategies (e.g., predicting, inferring, comparing, and contrasting) and know when they are appropriate to use.

  2. Identify the central ideas or hypothesis and supporting details.

  3. Read critically to analyze information and make connections to interpret authors’ purpose and viewpoints.

  4. Read from a variety of genres for different purposes (e.g., to accomplish a personal or work related task, for academic work, or for pleasure).

  5. Acquire vocabulary and grammar knowledge progressively according to student proficiency to build strong mastery of the English language.

  6. Increase background knowledge, concepts, and skills by reading in diverse texts.

  7. Demonstrate ability to interpret a variety of texts, including visual and quantitative.

  8. Use digital resources to locate evidence to answer a question, solve a problem, or support an argument.




High-intermediate ELLs can analyze information and make summaries.  They are able to read critically and use high level reading comprehension strategies.


  1.  Interpret moderately complex written texts.

  2. Apply reading strategies appropriate to comprehend increasingly complex literary and informational texts (e.g., print or digital presentation). 

  3. Analyze and summarize information to strengthen reading comprehension. 

  4. Read critically and identify information in text that will support one’s opinions about and interpretations of the text. 

  5. Interpret the meaning in context of increasingly complex figures of speech and rhetorical devices.

  6. Use reference tools to support reading comprehension (e.g., book, manual, computer application help features, or Internet-based reference tools).

  7. Determine the sequence of events in a complex narrative and understand techniques that show sequence (e.g., foreshadowing)

  8. Identify, interpret and evaluate the role and impact of ambiguity, bias subtleties, contradictions, irony, and incongruities in a text.


Subarea: 4. Writing Skills: The ELL writes in a variety of forms with increasing ease, accuracy, and complexity to address effectively specific purposes and audiences.


Content Standards:


  1. Fill out a variety of forms, applications, and contracts for everyday life and work purposes by hand or electronically.

  2. Write for a variety of purposes (e.g., reminder lists, notes, email, academic papers and reports, letters or other documents to persuade, complain, or express opinions).

  3. Write across a variety of genres (e.g., description, argumentation, fiction, persuasive, and workplace).

  4. Write using appropriate format and structure for different purposes (e.g., outlines, memos, letters, reports, procedural lists, work-related documents).

  5. Use a multi-step process to compose, revise, and edit a variety of texts.

  6. Write with logic, organization, and accuracy.

  7. Consider context, audience, and purpose (e.g., reader’s perspective, cultural influence, social norms, etc.) when writing.

  8. Acquire vocabulary and grammar knowledge progressively according to student proficiency to build strong mastery of the written English language.

  9. Integrate graphics or multimedia to support written compositions or oral presentations. 




High-intermediate ELLs can write about previously discussed topics, use complex transition words, and follow the basic steps of the writing process.


  1.  Write multi-paragraph compositions that are argumentative or opinion-based and that concern a variety of topics.

  2. Write multi-paragraph descriptive and narrative compositions that concern a variety of topics.

  3. Use transition words and phrases (e.g., therefore, nevertheless, and in addition) to make writing more complex.

  4. Understand the writing process (e.g., drafting, editing, and publishing) to create longer compositions, whether in print or digital formats.

  5. Use a wide range of vocabulary including synonyms, antonyms, precise terminology, and phrasal verbs on a variety of topics.

  6. Write increasingly sophisticated multi-paragraph compositions that present information and ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively.


5.  Due to COVID, we have changed in-class lessons to tech-supported and/or face to face classes.  We will use Burlington English as our curriculum.  BE is an online curriculum.  


There is no cost for the students to attend class.  Students will need internet access, a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer to access Burlington English.

**Support Services: 


**Service: Tutoring 

Location: Ware Student Commons, 1st Floor, room 113A 

Contact: Jeannie George (806) 371-5432     j0309552@actx.edu 

Location: Ware Student Commons, 3rd Floor, Room 314 


Service: Workforce Solutions Panhandle 

Location: Student Services Center, Room 236 

**Contact: Roxanne Morgan (806) 350-1644     rmorgan@wspanhandle


**Sequence of Courses Leading to the attainment of a GED certificate/enrollment into post secondary education:


Syllabus Created on:

08/17/22 5:29 PM

Last Edited on:

08/17/22 5:29 PM