English for Dharma Purposes  

 

Throughout the academic year students of all levels will participate in seminars on topics such as Buddhism, science, and other relevant social issues. This gives students many opportunities to put their English speaking, listening, and comprehension skills into practice.

 

 

Level I Students

By the end of the school year, Level I students will be able to engage in basic social conversations: express needs, respond to statements, ask questions and give commands using simple, past, and future tense.

 

This course focuses on the beginning structures and vocabulary of the English language. The goal is to develop skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will learn skills and related vocabulary of everyday situations such as personal greetings, traveling, shopping, and expressing feelings and opinions. Methods such as skits of dialogue, games, video clips and graphic organizers are used to enhance learning.

Example Resources:

Elementary Vocabulary Games and Elementary Grammar Games by Jill Hadfield

Side by Side - Book 1 by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss

Numerous websites and ESL YouTube videos

Flash cards, posters, and assorted low-level elementary books

 

 

Level II Students

By the end of the school year, Level II students will be able to engage in everyday conversations, express basic needs, and respond to statements, questions and commands using simple tenses and present perfect tense. Students will understand Western social skills and use them in small and large group settings.  They will be able to give advice, express regret, and offer invitations to others. Students will be able to write complete sentences and simple paragraphs using basic grammar structures and correct punctuation. Students will utilize reading strategies to comprehend, reflect and combine new and prior knowledge.

 

Students will study simple Dharma texts to expand their English vocabulary, improve comprehension and share their Dharma knowledge.

 

Example Resources:

 

Daily Language Plus Student Book

Conversation Inspirations 2nd Revised

Vocabulary Games for Intermediate English Language Learners

Vocabulary for Achievement

Jataka Tales, Dharma Publishing

Fundamentals of English Grammar 2nd Edition

Collected stories from an Indian Textbook series from the National  Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

Material from the British Council ESL/EFL website for Adults and Teens.

Jill Hadfeild's Elementary and Intermediate Communication

Grammar and Vocabulary Activity books

Videos from American English at State.

Level III Students

By the end of the school year, Level III students will be able to read, listen to, and comprehend a variety of mid-level texts. Students will learn writing strategies such as paragraph and essay construction, brainstorming, outlining and summarizing. They will have the ability to converse and write short essays or commentaries to share information and opinions on a variety of Buddhist, social, and personal issues.

Each week students will learn new vocabulary and comprehend readings from a variety of books, articles and websites.  The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan are just two of the texts used to enhance reading, writing, speaking, and fluency skills.

 

Example Resources:

 

Daily Warm-Ups: Language Skills by Evan-Moor

Writing Paragraphs Grade 6 by Teacher Created Resources

The Way of the Bodhisattva  by Shantideva / Shambhala

Numerous web-sites and ESL You-Tube videos

Collected stories from an Indian Textbook series from the

National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

Material from the British Council ESL/EFL website for Adults and Teens.

Jill Hadfeild's Elementary and Intermediate Communication

Grammar and Vocabulary Activity books

Videos from American English at State.