Curriculum Redesign • Selection of new textbooks for remedial courses. • Curriculum modification of Remedial English I – V. • Use of ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. • Distribution of TOEFL topics to be covered in each remedial course. • Unified format in all the courses.
DISTRIBUTION OF TOEFL TOPICS BY LEVEL • Remedial English I: • Independent Clauses: identification of subject and verb • Articles: a, an, the • Word Form and Function: adjectives and nouns • Prepositions: in, on, at, across from, near, next to • Conjunctions: and, but, or and so • Word Choice: make and do • Modifying Phrases before/ after Subjects: appostives • Singular vs. Plural Nouns: with subject verb agreement. • Comparatives: -er than, more --- than • Parallelism: like in “odd word out”
Remedial English II: • Parts of Speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives • Indefinite Article a/an • Phrases and Sentences • Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases • Clauses and Phrases • Nouns: • Countable and non-countable • Noun endings • Gerunds and Infinitives • Adjectives
Remedial English III: • Parts of Speech: verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, articles, and pronouns (subject, object, possesive adjectives, and possesive pronouns) • Sentences and Clauses • Simple Sentences • Compound Sentences • Complex sentences with: • Adjective Clauses (connector as subject and object) • Adverb Clauses (time and condition) • Noun Clauses (subject and object of a verb) • Objects of Prepositions • Appositives • Expletives It and There • Parallel Structure
Remedial English IV: • Parts of Speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns (word form and function) • Independent and dependent clauses • Adjective clauses and reduced adjective clauses • Noun Clauses • Adverb clauses • Subject verb agreement • Gerunds and infinitives • Parallel stuctures
Remedial English IV • Quantifiers • Paired conjunctions • Passive voice • Word order • Word choice • Comparatives
Remedial English V: • Parts of Speech • Independent clauses and dependent • Adjective clauses and reduced adjective clauses • Adverb clauses and reduced adverb clauses • Noun clauses • Prepositions • Pronouns • Parallel structure • Comparative stucture
Remedial English V • Word form and function • Articles • Conjunctions • Modifying phrases before subject • Singular and plural nouns • Word choice • Word order
Unified Format in the Redesign of the Five Remedial English Courses In two basic areas: 1. Assignments: A specific format was designed. 2. Course Documents The topics from the book are organized by months and a folder is added with the TOEFL aligned topics to be covered (with grammar explanations, exercises, and answer keys). Teachers decide the order in which the aligned topics are presented each month as well as the time dedicated to teach them, but they must be convered because students will take a TOEFL-like quiz together with the monthly exam.