About EAL 8

This blog supports the English language acquisition and content learning of Intermediate EAL students in 8th grade here at AES. Students can find out about assignments, download course handouts, link to Ms. Brown’s Diigo account, access their own blogs, and more.

About EAL Intermediate Humanities 8:

This course allows your child an excellent opportunity to learn much of the content explored in the general education classes, while at the same time being provided with additional support in the essential pursuit of English development.

Course description:

This course is student-centered. Its aim is prepare students for advancement to increased English proficiency in order to ensure success in high school in an English-medium school. The grade-level Humanities curriculum serves as the base for content instruction, but the course simultaneously emphasizes:

  • Spelling
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary development
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Study skills/thinking skills

Using both language arts and social studies curriculum as the base, we will tailor the instruction to the strengths and growth areas for each student.

In the middle school at AES we teach literacy through an adapted workshop model.  The workshop approach to reading and writing is a methodology developed by Columbia University that is grounded in the latest research on literacy and brain development.  It provides students with a supportive environment that involves them in authentic reading and writing experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of each individual student. The adapted workshop model is a differentiated approach aimed at supporting the level of all learners and helping to create student ownership for their learning.  The goal is to help students develop strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the use of instructional strategies such as mini-lessons, shared reading and writing, teacher demonstrations of skills through read aloud texts, conferencing, literature responses, and independent reading and writing.


The students should have the following supplies available for class:

  • Highlighter pens
  • USB flash drive
  • Internet access (if not available at home, students may use library computers before or after school and on Saturdays)
  • School agenda (bring daily to all classes)
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Small personal pencil sharpeners (2) with attached catcher for shavings
  • Pencil case
  • Backpack (left in locker, but to carry materials to and from school)
  • Folder to carry homework papers to and from school

Grading policy:

Students will be graded upon daily work and homework. However the majority of the grade will be based upon summative assessments that look for competency in the instructional standards at the end of a unit.

Students should expect to complete the following:

  • Homework
  • Assessments (such as quizzes, projects, tests, etc.)
  • Class work
  • Reading (Students are required to read a minimum of twenty minutes per night. Thirty is preferred, and will lead to increased improvement in reading proficiency. Books may be self-selected but should be at an appropriate reading level for comprehension, representing a variety of genres.)
  • Oral communication (listening and speaking)
  • Writing

Grades are posted on Veracross and parents may keep track of student progress at any time. Feel free to contact Ms. Brown with questions (cbrown@aes.ac.in)

Homework policy:

Students are required to ask about homework if they are absent the day it is assigned. Homework is published on the homework calendar on this site. Students may also add this calendar to their own personal gmail calendar.

Students are required to maintain blogs. The policy for 8th grade blogs is:

Grade 8 Student Blog Requirements


Home/school contact:

Parents are always welcome (and in fact encouraged) to stay in contact should you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call Ms. Brown before or after school hours. E-mail is also an excellent tool to stay in touch. (cbrown@aes.ac.in) Please ensure that the middle school office has your most current contact  information at all times.


Syllabus EALHumanities8 13-14


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