ICAL's English and ESOL Course Summaries
Level 4Trip to New York (Novice High/Intermediate Low)
The fourth course of the series takes students on an imaginary field trip adventure to New York City! As with any trip in real life, students carefully plan for the trip, and in doing so apply and demonstrate their knowledge of basic content categories such as transportation, travel concepts, professions, family, calendar, directions, ordinal numbers, time, emotions, descriptive adjectives, questioning skills, and reading skills.
The opening unit is a review of the three previous Novice courses content and establishes students’ personae for the upcoming trip.
While students are actively engaged in the theme, they do not even realize that they are working through complex language arts constructs such as following commands, prepositions, verbs, adjectives, questioning and answering skills, word families, categorizing skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
The course deals with more than just city life – New York City was deliberately chosen as it is a microcosm of the world – with such a mixture of cultures, lifestyles, nationalities, food, buildings, parks, traffic, landmarks, history, animals, nightlife, the fashion industry, taxi drivers, and a number of other areas that build students’ proficiency into the Intermediate level while they have a wonderful view of this city’s rich culture.
Students even go beyond the city limits and venture to the countryside of Long Island and the beaches of the Hampton’s. There they participate in a number of situations and activities that are an engaging counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of New York City.
As with all courses in ICAL’s unique series, students produce volumes of measureable output that provide plenty of evidence of students’ linguistic and aesthetic growth during the course.