English/ESL Department

Courses

Literature 6 AB

This course consists of a variety of literatures geared to the interests and basic literary terms to their reading. Reading and thinking skills are stressed and examined in the material covered. Supplementary reading deals with the theme of children making important decisions. (4-8 Units)

Literature 7 AB

Students in this course are exposed to the various genres of literature. Novels are read as a supplement to the anthology. Students are taught a variety of literary terms and learn to recognize them in the works. There is a special emphasis on the techniques for writing essays. (4-8 Units)

Literature 8 AB

Students in this course are exposed to the various genres of literature. Novels are read as a supplement to the anthology. Students are taught a variety of literary terms and learn to recognize them in the works. There is a special emphasis on the techniques for writing essays. (4-8 Units)

English 9AB

An introductory course analyzing literature of many genres. Students read literature from various countries and literary periods and develop their skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in connection with literature they read. This course teaches the stages of the writing process through a systematic approach so those students understand the underlying concepts. (5-10 Units)

World Literature AB

This course introduces students to major themes in world literature across the centuries with reading from many countries and diverse cultures. It encourages free voluntary reading and the development of critical thinking skills with an emphasis on the emergence of a student's own voice through the critical essay. (5-10 Units)

US Literature AB

This course surveys American literature appropriate to the interests and needs of upper-division students. It is a chronological study examining major authors, periods, and forms and works in American literature. Lectures and group discussions prepare students for literature based composition assignments and the expository essay. (5-10 Units)

British Literature AB

A course analyzing literature of many genres. Students read literature from various periods throughout British history. They are given the opportunity to develop skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in connection with the literature. The students will be instructed in the stages of the writing process through a systematic approach in order to understand the underlying concepts. (5-10 Units)

Honors British Literature

This is a course that analyzes literature of many genres. Students read literature from various literary periods throughout British history. It is half of a two-year honors English program where students take honors courses that focus on American literature one year and British literature the other year. However, the British Literature course differs from the American Literature course in that its primary focus is to prepare students for the English Literature and Composition Advanced Placement Test and so, in addition to the characteristic honors course material, students will also prepare specifically for the AP by learning AP style analysis for the essays and by practicing sample multiple choice questions from past AP tests; the purpose being to develop skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in connection with the literature, with the expressed purpose of preparing students for the English Literature and Composition Advanced Placement Test. (5-10 Units)

ESL- Writing I-IV AB

Developments of writing skills for non-native speakers. Includes punctuation, complex sentence structure and vocabulary development, and writing of paragraphs and short essays. (5-10 Units)

ESL- Basic I-IV AB

An English course for non-native speakers designed to prepare students for success in regular college preparatory courses. Skills progress from speaking and listening skills to grammar, reading and writing. (5-10 Units)

ESL- Advanced

An English course designed to instruct non-native English speakers in fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, rhetoric, writing, and listening skills in the English language. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the mainstream high school English courses. (5-10 Units)