Level 2 courses
Reading and Writing
The goal of this course is to develop basic reading comprehension of informational text and paragraph writing. Reading instruction focuses on strategies for comprehension (e.g., graphic organizers, reflection) and summarizing. Common and topical vocabulary study is used to aid text comprehension. Writing instruction focuses on developing coherence (use of pronouns, transitions, adverbials) and organization (topic sentence, supporting details, and conclusion) in paragraph-length compositions while incorporating foundational grammar.
Listening and Speaking
PIE Level 2 Listening and Speaking courses teach general listening and speaking language skills through content about general interest topics. It is the low-intermediate level course that targets skills and content considered necessary for communicating about everyday needs and general interest topics.
Grammar for Speaking and Writing
The purpose of Grammar for Speaking and Writing, Level 2, is to develop students’ accuracy in the use of English grammar and knowledge of English grammar as an integral part of academic success. This goal is accomplished by engaging students in: (1) instruction in the form, meaning, and use of various grammar features; (2) production of discrete-item and prompt-based writing tasks; and (3) identification and correction of common grammatical errors.
CALL is designed to provide students with structured English practice through interactive computer-assisted language learning software. A major component of this course involves pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary practice through computer-based listening, speaking, and reading exercises. The course also aims at providing students with basic academic computer skills and promotes learner autonomy. The students work in the computer lab on their CALL lessons with a supervising instructor.
Readers’ Workshop promotes the importance of reading as a key to academic success and helps readers become more confident and efficient readers by engaging students in three types of activities: 1) Scaffolded Silent Reading (ScSR), teacher-guided reading, and 3) fluency training. Students practice skills integral to reading, receive instruction on reading strategies, and their reading level is assessed at regular intervals.
The PIE Level 2 Projects course uses limited amounts of content to help students develop their language skills. The course offers scaffolded language-learning and content-learning support. It is organized around three thematic units that each culminate in a major project. To gain basic knowledge of each unit topic, students read and listen to a collection of sources related to the topic. The goal of the course is for students to select key information from these materials and combine that information with their own insight and opinions in order to create meaningful projects.