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ESL High School Syllabus Example

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

This lesson will provide a sample syllabus that high school English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers could distribute to students to provide them with essential course information.

The Syllabus

The syllabus is an important document for ESL high school students. It includes pertinent information about the course, giving a general overview of what will be learned and how students will be assessed.

The syllabus also provides parents and guardians with teacher and school contacts and other information they will need to help their children be successful during the academic year.

Let's look at some examples of common sections of a high school syllabus for ESL students.

Contact Information

Typically, the first thing found in a high school ESL syllabus is general information about the teacher and how to contact him or her. Some examples of common pieces of information in this section include:

  • The teacher's name, including any co-teachers
  • Name or title of the class (for example, 'ESL for Beginners')
  • Classroom number
  • E-mail address
  • Office phone number, if applicable
  • Any other contact information, such as a website or contact information for the school's bilingual facilitator, if applicable

Course Overview

The course overview introduces students and parents to the basic objectives of the course. Some questions you may want to answer in the course overview include:

  • What will students be learning this year?
  • How will students spend their time learning? Will you use project-based learning, cooperative learning, inquiry-based learning, lectures, or some other format?
  • What goals and standards will be met? For example, will students strive to gain proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking?
  • What are some of the resources and texts that will be utilized? Will they read classic literature, biographies, non-fiction, drama, and poetry?

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