How long does a level in the ESL Curriculum Membership take to complete?
The time it takes to complete a level varies based on a number of factors.
- Number of Classes a Week - with classes every day you would move significantly faster through the material than only having classes 2-3 times a week.
- Length of Classes - 1/2 hour, 1 hour, 1 and 1/2 hour classes, the length of classes affects how long a level takes.
- Homework - How much practice your students would be doing outside of class on their own.
- Goals - How quickly you and your students want to make progress. If you skip certain pages or even certain units, you can progress more quickly but with not as much depth. If you work through all of the materials and take your time with it, you can get a lot of depth but progress much more slowly. One option is to discuss with students what goals they’d like to set for themselves each week or month.
- Motivation - Every class of students is different, just as how every teacher teaches is different. If you have an energetic, focused and motivated class, you will likely be able to work quickly through the materials. If you have a group of students who are discouraged, unmotivated and drag their feet, you will likely need to spend as much time on relationship and trust building as you do on the curriculum which would slow you down significantly.
At the school where we developed the curriculum, we generally take a semester (about 4 months) to go through a level with a group of 10-12 students, 2 days a week each, class being 2 hours and 15 minutes.
In the summer, we sometimes do more concentrated versions of a level where students come to class every day for 2 hours and finish a level in a month.
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