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Literacy classes are for true English Language Learning beginners that have never had experience with writing. Students of this level are not expected to have any previous experience with speaking or writing English. By the end of the semester, students of the Literacy class will be comfortable and proficient in writing the English alphabet and be able to read basic vocabulary words.
Intro ELL classes are for the true beginners of the English language, emphasizing basic vocabulary and syntactical skills. Students of this level are not expected to have any previous experience with speaking or writing English. Because of the varying levels of skill, private tutors are available to work one-on-one with students who lag behind in class or who needs preliminary assistance before joining the class. At the end of the semester, students will be able to confidently ask basic questions about the world around them, be able to convey pertinent information about their lives, and fluently give directions. Students at this level use the Ventures Basic Student and Workbook.
The Level 1 ELL class focuses on expanding the knowledge learned in the first two courses. Level 1 students learn a variety of important communicative functions, such as expressing likes and dislikes and descriptions of places. Level 1 students enter into the course with some basic knowledge of present, past and future tense. Ventures 1 Student and Workbook are used in this class. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to describe changes in their life, as well as make requests.
The Level 2 ELL class focuses on skills in the areas of intermediate grammar and vocabulary. Students in this level are expected to have previously acquired foundational vocabulary and basic grammar structures . The Ventures 2 Student and Workbook are used at this level. At the end of the class, students will have a more sophisticated repertoire of vocabulary, and will be able to perform such communicative tasks as complaints, apologies, and writing in paragraph form.
Level 3 ELL classes emphasize more complicated grammar structures, and more sophisticated communicative functions. Students in this class have learned how to read basic stories and write in simple sentences. Passage into the next level of ELL classes requires that students be able to give descriptions of problems, and narrate a story. Students in this level use the Ventures 3 Student and Work Books.
The Level 4 ELL class is the highest level of English taught at NICE. Students in this class should be able to read and write on an Intermediate-Advanced level. The Level 4 class emphasizes grammatical and writing skills, with the end goal of being able to write a well-constructed, intelligible essay. Students in this level use the Ventures 4 Student and Workbook.