High School EAL Curriculum

Course Description:

This course focuses on developing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of students whose first language is not English, and to help them access all of their other subjects that are taught in English. The course content is designed to expose students to a wide range of texts that will improve their vocabulary and general language skills. Students will learn how to communicate accurately and effectively through written and spoken tasks and be encouraged to continue to develop their comprehension and analytical skills. Written assignments will begin to prepare students for college, the workforce and life in a technological society where they will need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, and to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems.


  • Comprehension
  • Writing Conventions
  • Research Skills
  • Editing

Skills and Understandings:

Students will learn:

  • To decode questions.
  • To decode unfamiliar words and to make inferences.
  • To use correct writing conventions.
  • How to use resources without plagiarism.
  • To edit their own work.

Students will understand the importance of:

  • Analyzing all tasks.
  • Editing their own work.
  • Using writing conventions.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Teaching students the importance of clear communication across cultural and linguistic borders
  • Teaching students to decode messages rather than to make snap judgments, and to ask questions if they struggle to understand a person who is not fluent in their language.