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Academic Skills - CE

ADS 250 – Basic Academic Skills for Healthcare Providers

This course is designed to enable the student/employee to learn how to increase his/her skills in math, reading, writing, and oral communication. The student will develop basic education skills, life skills, and job skills for further education, employment, and/or career advancement. Topics to be covered include mathematics, reading comprehension, oral language and writing skills, life skills, and job related skills.


Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate enhanced comprehension skills in areas such as main idea, supporting details, inference, conclusions, fact vs. opinion, and critical thinking using content readings on various topics;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure;
4. utilize workplace communication strategies such as oral reporting, completing forms, and writing memos, reports, and other business correspondence;
5. solve mathematical problems as needed, in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, integers and word problems;
6. demonstrate evidence of progress through the post testing process.

ADS 251 – VOLUNTEER/PARTNERSHIP/TRAINING

Train to become a community volunteer so you can tutor students who are taking literacy courses. You'll learn about the definition of literacy, adult learning opportunities, characteristics of the adult learner, adult learning theories, and volunteer opportunites.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of adult learning theory, characteristics of the ABE/GED and ESOL student population, some of the barriers the adult learner faces, the role of the volunteer, and how a volunteer may be able to help the student to experience success in the classroom,
2. describe adult learning theories and how they can be used to assist the learners,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the various types of learning disorders, and
4. define which program a volunteer would feel most comfortable working with as a tutor.

ADS 252 – COMMUNITY TIES

This course is designed to enable former students in CCBC and Baltimore County Public Schools/GED classes at the Baltimore County Detention Center to develop essential life skills. The goal of the course is to reduce recidivism by helping former inmates gain the skills necessary to successfully transition back into the community. This collaborative effort between CCBC, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Baltimore County Detention Center is based on best practices, and enables former inmates to learn various learning styles, study skills, and employment readiness, and to enhance academic skills, and work place literacy.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate in classroom and/or work-related areas the ability to use basic computer skills, including use of the keyboard, mouse, and disk drives; basic word processing, file management, internet navigation, and job searching;
2. complete job related tasks such as following directions, completing a job application, creating a resume, and writing a memo or report; exploring job-links, including job development, skills assessment, interest evaluation, job market analysis, and interview skills;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
4. demonstrate enhanced competencies in the areas of communication, self-awareness, self-confidence, and occupational preparedness;
5. use government and private agencies addressing needs the student had while incarcerated and after release, including Social Security, family and children¿s services, mental health services, and Motor Vehicles Administration;
6. discuss the benefits of financial pre-planning, including income analysis, debt analysis, child support issues and pre-benefits counseling for Social Security disability recipients;
7. develop the ability to address housing issues including connection to shelters, subsidized housing programs, and private landlords; and
8. employ educational planning in conjunction with local institutions and the local school system, including monetary aspects of school.

ADS 253 – ESOL Advanced: Let's Talk About American Culture

This course is designed to enable the student who is an advanced foreign born adult to learn to improve his/her level of fluency and accuracy in oral conversation through discussing the dominant values, beliefs, and traditions of American life. Topics to be covered include speaking and listening skills, the American family, cultural diversity, government and politics in the United States, and cultural conversations in workplace and academic settings.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and respond appropriately to cultural cues in conversation in familiar situations,
2. use a variety of sentence patterns in conversations centered around American culture,
3. employ new vocabulary and high-frequency idioms in spontaneous conversation,
4. develop the ability to obtain and share detailed information in various cultural contexts
5. report on culturally related topics,
6. identify and use conversation strategies, and
7. develop the ability to rephrase or repeat utterances to clarify them to the public at large.

ADS 254 – ASE/GED Math Review

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to develop and enhance mathematical skills. The student will develop basic education skills, life skills, and job-related skills for further education or obtaining a GED certificate that may lead to new employment, an improvement in employment, or post-secondary education. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, multiplication, decimals, fractions, percents, word problems, scientific calculator usage, introductory algebra, introductory geometry, and problem solving.

Course Objectives:
1. use decimals to calculate unit price;
2. calculate fractional measurements;
3. calculate discounts using percent;
4. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals;
5. develop the ability to convert decimals to percents;
6. develop the ability to round off numbers to designated place;
7. compute basic math problems with emphasis on problem solving;
8. demonstrate measurement skills in linear, area, and volume scenarios;
9. use numbers in equivalent forms, compare numbers, and draw conclusions;
10. demonstrate an understanding of variables, algebraic expressions, and equations;
11. use basic arithmetic operations to find values of angles and line segments;
12. apply mathematical skills to life situations including mileage computation, figuring averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and using reference materials.

ADS 255 – ASE/GED Reading and Writing Skills

This course is designed to enable the adult student to learn how to develop and enhance reading, comprehension, and writing abilities. The student will develop basic education, and job-related skills or work toward obtaining a GED diploma that may lead to new employment, an improvement in employment, or post secondary education. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, parts of speech, sentence structure, organization, usage, mechanics, and paragraph development.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to correct sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices;
2. demonstrate an understanding of short stories, essays, and poetry by identifying the main idea;
3. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas;
4. demonstrate an understanding of problem solving techniques and apply them to reading comprehension;
5. increase vocabulary with words found in the workplace, current events, and personal needs;
6. use appropriate punctuation and capitalization;
7. develop the ability to plan and write a paragraph;
8. develop the ability to proofread and edit one's own writing and the writing of others;
9. locate information in reference material, charts, graphs, and historical documents; and
10. complete forms and applications.

ADS 256 – Basic Mathematics Skills Survey and Review

This course is designed to enable the student to learn and review basic mathematics skills. The review will enable the student to develop improved math skills for further education, future employment, or career advancement. Topics to be covered include basic mathematical operations and word problems using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements, conversions, and basic algebra and geometry.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems as needed, in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, integers and word problems;
2. demonstrate measurement skills as needed, in linear, area, and volume scenarios; and
3. develop improved math problem solving skills.

ADS 257 – ESOL/ADVD/ENGLISH/HEALTHCARE

This course is designed to assist advanced level foreign born adults in improving their job-related communication skills in the Healthcare Service Industry. Students will enhance their oral communication skills to meet their immediate job demands and to advance in their career field. Topics to be covered include improving grammar skills, understanding complex instructions, interpreting schedules, performing customer care tasks, learning job-specific terminology and common staff roles/responsibilities, and identifying the structure of a medical facility.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to participate in constructive conversations with patients, co-workers, and supervisors;
2. employ advanced English vocabulary and terminology associated with the healthcare service environment;
3. assemble, assess, and share important information in English in various work settings;
4. analyze, respond to, and formulate requests in English in a variety of job situations using English;
5. develop the ability to navigate in the healthcare service facility environment using English;
6. categorize and distinguish between common staff roles and responsibilities using English; and
7. discuss in English the career progression in the health care field.

ADS 258 – ESOL/ADVD/ENGLISH/HOSPITALITY

This course is designed to assist advanced level foreign born adults in improving their job-related communication skills in the Hotel and Food Service Industry. Students will enhance their oral communication skills to meet their immediate job demands and to advance in their career field. Topics to be covered include improving grammar skills, understanding complex instructions, interpreting schedules, performing customer care tasks, learning job-specific terminology and common staff roles/responsibilities, and identifying the structure of a hotel or food catering facility.

Course Objectives:
1. identify how to participate in constructive conversations with customers, co-workers, and supervisors in English;
2. determine how to employ advanced English vocabulary and terminology associated with the hotel and food service environment;
3. assemble, assess, and share important information in English in various work settings;
4. analyze, respond to, and formulate requests in English in a variety of job situations;
5. develop the ability to navigate in the hotel and food catering facility environment using English;
6. categorize and distinguish between common staff roles and responsibilities in English; and
8. discuss in English the career progression in the hospitality field.

ADS 259 – LSAT Preparation - Part II

This course is designed to enable the student to prepare to take the law school entrance exam. Reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and exam question/answer selection are examined. Topics to be covered include review of LSAT format and test-taking techniques; reading comprehension approaches; logical reasoning problem characteristics; and methods of reasoning, making inferences, and perceiving assumptions.

Course Objectives:
1. describe law school admission procedures,
2. demonstrate the ability to solve a reading comprehension problem, and
3. list specific types of reasoning questions.

ADS 260 – Basic Academic Skills for Health Care Providers

This course is designed to enable the student/employee to learn how to increase his/her skills in math, reading, writing, and oral communication. The student will develop basic education skills, life skills, and job skills for further education, employment, and/or career advancement. Topics to be covered include mathematics, reading comprehension, oral language, writing skills, life skills, and job related skills.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate enhanced comprehension skills in areas such as main idea, supporting details, inference, conclusions, fact vs. opinion, and critical thinking using content readings on various topics;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure;
4. utilize workplace communication strategies such as oral reporting, completing forms, and writing memos, reports, and other business correspondence;
5. solve mathematical problems as needed, in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, integers and word problems;
6. demonstrate evidence of progress through the post testing process.

ADS 261 – SAT Test Preparation

In partnership with Cambridge Educational Services, America's #1 Campus-Based Test Prep, CCBC Youth Enrichment introduces a unique approach to SAT test preparation. Begin with a 4-hour pretest using full-length, official SATs and receive a detailed analysis showing strengths and weaknesses. In-class instruction will focus on achieving the greatest score increase via test-taking strategies that improve speed, accuracy, and increase confidence. A 4-hour post-test provides feedback on score gains and additional areas of review.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and demonstrate three good test taking techniques and strategies;
2. identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses after having taken the pre-test;
3. demonstrate improved reading comprehension and essay writing;
4. demonstrate improved scores in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry drills; and
5. demonstrate improved speed, accuracy and confidence.

ADS 262 – Fundamentals of Writing I

This course is designed to provide the student with a review of basic writing skills for use in school, and/or the workplace. Such a review will promote effective editing and help enhance written communications. Topics to be covered include a review of guidelines for Standard English, sentence structure, word usage, and spelling, grammar, and punctuation rules.

Course Objectives:
1. develop improved writing skills using proper standard written English including appropriate vocabulary, accurate spelling, and correct use of grammar and punctuation;
2. recognize sentences, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the parts of speech;
4. identify and avoid errors in subject-verb agreement;
5. plan and design written communications for clarity and conciseness, avoiding ambiguous phrases;
6. edit and proofread written items, reviewing for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity; and
7. utilize workplace rules, concepts, and strategies to write effective business communications such as completing forms and writing memos and reports.

ADS 263 – Algebra and Geometry for the GED Exam

Gain an introduction to and review of topics associated with algebra and geometry specifically covered on the GED test to help you be succesful on the test. Topics will include working with signed numbers, power and roots, algebraic expressions, solving multi step equations, graphing equations, factoring monomials and polynomials, formulas, circumference, area, volume of various shapes, lines and angles, triangles and quadrilaterals, congruent figures and Pythagorean Theorem.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to master the operations using signed numbers and powers and roots;
2. demonstrate knowledge of algebraic expressions, solving multi-step equations, and graphing equations;
3. develop the ability to factor monomials and polynomials;
4. apply formulas using circumference, area, perimeter and volume of various shapes;
5. develop the ability to find the relationships among angles along with measurement;
6. demonstrate adeptness in identifying names and properties of certain triangles; and
7. solve equations of triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem.

ADS 264 – ELL Family Literacy

This course is designed for the Hispanic English Speaker of Other Languages parent(s) to learn to develop language and family literacy skills, specifically, to provide parents with resources to be full partners in their children's education. Topics to be covered include parenting for his/her child's academic success, functional conversation needed for school communication, cultural awareness, age appropriate activities for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate how to hold a parent-teacher conference;
2. demonstrate how to read pre-literacy books to a child;
3. understand the need, resources, and implications of helping a child with homework;
4. participate in parent/child interaction in an academic environment; and
5. obtain books from the library for children and oneself.

ADS 265 – Essential Skills I

This course is designed to enable the student to develop basic educational skills in reading and mathematics. This course will develop real-life skills, job related skills, and prepare the student to advance into Essential Skills II. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, language, writing, and number skills.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack skills and word recognition;
2. find the main idea of a reading passage;
3. answer questions concerning sequence, inference, and comprehension for level specific reading material;
4. participate in group discussion using the Easy English Newspaper;
5. demonstrate improved writing skills including correct sentence structure, grammar and punctuation;
6. write a cohesive paragraph; and
7. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetical computation.

ADS 266 – Essential Skills II

This course is designed to enable the student to develop and review the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to transition to the complete GED course. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension improvement, parts of speech, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph development, critical thinking skills, decimals, fractions, percents, and problem solving.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of short stories, essays and poetry by identifying the main idea;
2. demonstrate an understanding of problem solving techniques and how to apply them to reading comprehension;
3. develop the ability to identify and use simple, compound and complex sentences;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to plan and write a simple paragraph;
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to locate information in reference material;
6. develop the ability to use decimals to calculate unit price;
7. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals;
8. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
9. demonstrate an understanding of how to use problem solving skills to find an average; and
10. demonstrate an understanding of measurement skills in linear, area and volume.

ADS 267 – Essential Skills I and II Combination

This course is designed to enable the student to develop and review the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to transition to the GED course. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension improvement, parts of speech, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph development, critical thinking skills, decimals, fractions, percents and problem solving.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of short stories, essays and poetry by identifying the main idea;
2. demonstrate an understanding of problem solving techniques and how to apply them to reading comprehension;
3. develop the ability to identify and use simple,compound and complex sentences;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to plan and write a simple paragraph;
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to locate information in reference material;
6. develop the ability to use decimals to calculate unit price;
7. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals;
8. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
9. demonstrate an understanding of how to use problem solving skills to find an average; and
10. demonstrate an understanding of measurement in linear, area and volume.

ADS 268 – Comprehensive Mathematics I

This course is designed to enable the student to learn to develop basic skills in mathematics. The preparation in this course is for real-life skills, job related skills, and further education including Comprehensive Mathematics II. Topics to be covered include place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, measurement, rounding, simple word problems, and elapsed time.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate knowledge of a number's place value,
2. compute addition and subtraction of whole numbers,
3. calculate subtraction with borrowing,
4. demonstrate knowledge of multiplication tables and multiplication problems,
6. demonstrate knowledge of division problems,
7. demonstrate knowledge of elapsed time,
8. round off numbers to a designated place,
9. demonstrate knowledge of simple measurement, and
10. calculate word problems by using problem solving.

ADS 269 – Comprehensive Mathematics II

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the skills required to transition to the GED courses. Topics to be covered are fractions, percents, conversion of fractions, decimals and percent, estimation, complex measurement such as volume, area, and perimeter, mean, median and mode, range, charts and graphs, ratio, proportion, probability, and square roots.

Course Objectives:
1. calculate fractions, decimals and percents,
2. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to percents,
3. use problem solving skills to find mean, median and mode,
4. demonstrate measurement skills of volume, area and circumference;
5. demonstrate the use of ratio and proportion in math problems,
6. calculate the square root of a basic math problem,
7. demonstrate the ability to read and understand charts and graphs using math problems,
8. develop the ability to compute word problems with an emphasis on problem solving, and
9. calculate a math problem using estimation.

ADS 270 – Transferable Math Skills for Workplace and Academic Success

Increase the math skills you will need for the workplace, GED, or college entrance success. Topics to be covered will be a review of fractions, decimals, percents, beginning algebra, geometry and interpretation of charts and graphs.

Course Objectives:
1. calculate fractions, decimals and percents;
2. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to percents;
3. demonstrate an understanding of measurement skills of volume, area and circumference;
4. demonstrate ability to read and understand charts and graphs using math problems;
5. demonstrate the use of ratio and proportion in math problems;
6. compute word problems with an emphasis on problem solving; and
7. demonstrate an understanding of how skills can be transferred for different usage.

ADS 271 – Reading and Writing for Success

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic reading skills. Topics to be covered include vocabulary skills, simple word parts, context clues, fact and opinion, main idea, topic and supporting details, key words and patterns of organization, reading response, summary writing, writing complete sentences and identifying and correcting errors.

Course Objectives:
1. apply definitions through vocabulary skills;
2. identify word parts (prefix, suffix, roots);
3. demonstrate improvement in comprehension using context clues;
4. demonstrate the ability to differentiate fact and opinion;
5. identify stated and implied main idea, topic and supporting details;
6. demonstrate an understanding of the key words and patterns of organization;
7. demonstrate ability to write a complete sentence and identify and correct grammatical errors within sentences;
8. write simple sentences and fragments;
9. demonstrate an understanding of end punctuation and punctuation within sentences;
10.demonstrate summary writing; and
11.demonstrate comprehension of readings from the world of work.

ADS 272 – Mi-BEST for GED

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the five subject area skills required to pass the 2002 General Education Development (GED) exam. Topics to be covered include language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and essay writing for the GED along with skills from the building maintenance courses to be integrated in the class. Job development and career counseling will be offered so students will be able to assume responsibility for the next phase of their career.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems incorporating plumbing, electricity, and carpentry mathematical skills;
2. demonstrate an understanding of operations, word problems, logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, and geometry;
3. apply measurement skills in linear, area, perimeter, and volume scenarios;
4. develop the ability to accurately use a scientific calculator;
5. recognize and correct effective standard written English including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary;
6. write a complete essay with an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion;
7. identify and interpret historical, scientific, and technological information;
8. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas; and
9. demonstrate interviewing skills, effective resume writing, and job search skills

ADS 273 – Career Awareness for Mi-Best

This course is designed to enable the student to learn job readiness and career awareness skills in the context of GED and building maintenance instruction. Topics to be covered include job search and job keeping strategies to secure jobs in the building maintenance field, goal setting, problem solving and decision making to enhance one's employability outlook in the building maintenance field, the use of technology in the job search, identifying and removing barriers to achieving the general educational development (GED) as well as future employment, transitioning to post secondary education, effective communication with employers and customers, dealing with conflict in the workplace, and financial planning.

Course Objectives:
1. use job search strategies in seeking employment in the building maintenance field;
2. use job keeping strategies to retain employment in the building maintenance field;
3. use technology in a job search in the three trade areas: carpentry, electricity and plumbing;
4. identify a meaningful career pathway and become knowledgeable about the next steps involved in attaining career goals;
5. use an individualized academic plan to attain the GED and vocational goals;
6. identify and use effective communication strategies in dealing with difficult customers and situations in the workplace;
7. identify current and potential barriers to GED and other educational goals and be able to solve problems while they are still manageable;
8. identify and access critical support services that will assist in handling many of the variables of life;
9. discuss the financial importance of continuing one¿s education over the course of a lifetime; and
10. demonstrate an understanding of how to manage a yearly income and how much money is needed to live.

ADS 274 – Intensive GED

This course is designed to enable the student to review the skills necessary to pass the GED exam. Topics to be covered include writing an essay, reading comprehension, and math skills for the GED Exam.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a general competence in test-taking skills on a standardized test;
2. identify the competencies needed to pass the math test through knowledge of operations, word problems, and logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, elementary algebra, and geometry;
3. identify the competencies needed to pass the language arts-writing skills test through an enhanced ability to use proof reading and editing skills to correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling in a paragraph, story or letter;
4. identify the competencies needed to pass the language arts-reading skills, social studies, and science tests through an enhanced ability to make inferences, interpret charts, maps, and graphs, understand political cartoons, and use critical thinking skills;
5. write a complete essay with an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion; and
6. discuss transitional options available upon passage of the GED test.

ADS 275 – ABE I: Reading and Math

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic educational skills in reading and writing by using real-life and job related materials to prepare for further learning. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, language, and writing.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including work attack and recognition;
2. identify the main idea of a reading passage;
3. demonstrate the ability to answer questions concerning sequence,inference,and comprehension for level specific reading material;
4. demonstrate improved writing skills including correct sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation;
5. write a cohesive paragraph;
6. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetical computation of whole numbers; and
7. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations and activities, such as averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and measurements.

ADS 276 – ELL Family Literacy: Academic Literature

This course is designed to enable the Hispanic English Speaker of Other Languages parent(s) to learn to develop academic language and family literacy skills, specifically, to provide these parents with resources to be full partners in their children's education. Topics to be covered include parenting for a child's academic success; children's literature in science, math and language arts; and age appropriate activities for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate walking through a book with a child,
2. demonstrate how to read pre-literacy books to a child,
3. demonstrate questioning skills for guided reading,
4. demonstrate the ability to participate in parent/child interaction in an academic environment,
5. demonstrate the ability to participate in math related activities with a child,
6. demonstrate the ability to participate in science related activities with a child, and
7. demonstrate the ability to participate in language arts reading readiness activities with a child.

ADS 277 – Practical Math for the Workplace

Gain an overview of basic mathematical skills and processes to perform financial tasks required in the workplace. Topics to be covered recollection of whole number fuctions, including fractions, decimals, and percentages; application of simple banking functions in simple and compound interest calculations; computation of payroll calculations, including gross pay and deductions; and management of purchasing and invoicing operations.

Course Objectives:
1. recall whole number functions, including fractions, decimals, and percentages;
2. apply simple banking functions in simple and compound interest calculations;
3. compute payroll calculations, including gross pay and deductions; and
4. discuss the management of purchasing and invoicing operations.

ADS 278 – School at Work Essentials

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to increase his/her skills in reading, writing, and oral communication. The student will develop basic education skills, life skills, and job skills for further education, employment, and/or career advancement. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, oral language, writing skills, life skills, and job related skills.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced reading skills, including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate enhanced comprehension skills in areas such as main idea, supporting details, inference, conclusions, fact vs. opinion, and critical thinking using content readings on various topics;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills, including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure;
4. utilize workplace communication strategies such as oral reporting, completing forms, and writing memos, reports, and other business correspondence; and
5. demonstrate evidence of progress through the post testing process.

ADS 279 – ESOL - English Pronunciation Made Simple

This course is designed to enable the student to understand and practice English pronunciation and sounds, including vowels, consonants, and stress, rhythm and intonation.

Course Objectives:
1. use spelling patterns as a guide to correct pronunciation,
2. produce sounds correctly through mouth illustrations and examples, and
3. demonstrate enhancement of English pronunciation.

ADS 280 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Education Development

This course is designed to enable the student to enhance skills in reading, writing, and math. The student will develop basic education skills and job-related skills for further education or obtaining a GED certificate that may lead to employment, an improvement in employment, or post-secondary education. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, language and writing skills, mathematics, job related skills, and college preparedness.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills, including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, analysis, summarization;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings in various topics including social studies, science, literature, the arts, health, and consumer awareness;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills, including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation; and
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents.

ADS 281 – MI-BEST: GED

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the five subject area skills required to sit for the 2002 General Education Development (GED) exam. Topics to be covered include language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, essay writing for the GED along with skills from the building maintenance and construction courses, which will be integrated into the class.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems incorporating plumbing, electricity, carpentry and siding skills;
2. demonstrate an understanding of operations, word problems, logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra and geometry;
3. apply measurement skills in linear, area, perimeter and volume scenarios, applying skills from building maintenance;
4. develop the ability to accurately use a scientific calculator;
5. demonstrate an enhanced ability to recognize and correct standard written English, including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary;
6. write from a prompt a complete essay with introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion;
7. demonstrate an enhanced ability to read and interpret historical, scientific, and technological information as it applies to building maintenance; and
8. demonstrate an enhanced ability to recognize and recall stated and inferred ideas using applicable building maintenance skills.

ADS 282 – MI-BEST: GED Financial Literacy

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the basic skills associated with financial literacy and the GED examination. Topics to be covered include credit scores, improving credit, mathematical calculation for balanced checking accounts, investment accounts and calculations, savings accounts, mortgages, and problem solving.

Course Objectives:
1. balance a checking account,
2. discuss basic banking systems,
3. explain what a credit score is,
4. discuss the importance of a credit history,
5. perform interest calculations,
6. discuss basic mortgage scenarios,
7. discuss how to receive and improve credit,
8. list the strengths and weaknesses of a loan,
9. list different loan types,
10. demonstrate an understanding of basic budget formats, and
11. discuss the strength of a budget.

ADS 283 – Bridge to Success: Math Skills Review

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic mathematics skills and prepare the student for further education, future employment, or career advancement. Topics to be covered include basic mathematical operations and word problems using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, basic algebra, and geometry components.

Course Objectives:
1. determine one¿s math skill level and skills development needs;
2. solve mathematical problems as needed, involving fractions, decimals, percents, basic algebra, and geometric components; and
3. demonstrate improved math problem solving skills.

ADS 284 – English Pronunciation for Foreign Speakers 1

This course is designed to enable the student to learn techniques to be better understood when speaking English, particularly in a workplace. Topics to be covered include the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), vowel and consonant sounds, stress, and intonation.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the sounds of spoken English;
2. develop the ability to use a consonant and vowel placement chart;
3. learn exercises for the tongue, lips, jaw, facial muscles, and soft palate to strengthen articulators;
4. develop the ability to use the IPA;
5. demonstrate an understanding of accent reduction by improving rhythm and intonation in speech;
6. demonstrate the ability to adapt pronunciation to various personal and work situations by the use of colloquial English versus Standard English; and
7. use pronunciation strategies to read selected written materials.

ADS 285 – GED Preparation

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the five subject area skills required for the General Education Development (GED) exam. Topics to be covered include language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and essay writing for the GED.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems;
2. demonstrate an understanding of operations, word problems, logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra and geometry;
3. apply measurement skills in linear, area, perimeter and volume scenarios;
4. develop the ability to accurately use a scientific calculator;
5. recognize and correct effective standard written English, including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary;
6. write a complete essay with introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion, all from a prompt;
7. read and interpret basic historical, scientific, and technological information; and
8. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas of reading passages and information.

ADS 286 – Math Skills Survey and Review

This course is designed to enable the student to learn and/or review basic mathematics skills. The course will enable the student to develop improved math skills for further education, future employment, or career advancement. Topics to be covered include basic mathematical operations and word problems using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements, conversions, basic algebra, and geometry components.

Course Objectives:
1. determine one's math skill level and skills development needs;
2. develop improved math problem solving skills; and
3. solve mathematical problems as needed, involving fractions, decimals, percents, measurement, and conversions.

ADS 289 – Reading Remediation for Healthcare Professionals

This course is designed to enable the student/employee to increase his/her skills in reading, writing, and oral communication. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, oral language, writing skills, life skills, and job related skills.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced reading skills, including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate enhanced comprehension skills in areas such as main idea, supporting details, inference, conclusions, fact vs opinion, and critical thinking using content readings on various topics;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills, including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure;
4. utilize workplace communication strategies such as oral reporting, completing forms, and writing memos, reports, and other business correspondence; and
5. demonstrate evidence of progress through the post testing process.

ADS 328 – Math Review

Course is designed to provide the apprentice with an improved math ability in computational skills and application of these skills to complete courses within specific trades.

Course Objectives:
1. Use whole numbers in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Use decimals in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
3. Use fractions in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
4. Convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.
5. Compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving.
6. Demonstration understanding of estimation, its application and appropriate use.
7. Calculate perimeter and area.
8. Demonstrate measurement skills using a ruler.

ADS 557 – External Diploma Program Portfolio Assessment

This course is designed to enable students develop a portfolio verifying mastery of 65 skills equivalent to high school learning & one vocational skill. Students learn to use & evaluate community resources & media sources.

Course Objectives:
1. Recognize the relationship of prior learning to degree/life goals.
2. Identify personal, career and educational goals.
3. Describe life experiences in a narrative form.
4. Identify resources for further education and training.
5. Describe in detail the components of a current job or past job history.
6. Identify learning outcomes of life experiences.
7. Obtain and organize documentation to verify and evaluate learning experiences and outcomes.
8. Prepare a portfolio illustrating and documenting mastery of 65 competencies equivalent to high school level learning.
9. Solve a problem using the steps taken in formal decision making.

ADS 558 – External Diploma Program Skills Review

This course is designed to evaluate students who need to demonstrate mastery of skills needed to earn a high school credential. Topics include reading, writing, computation assessment, job readiness, and experiential learning.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of general competence in test-taking skills on a standardized test;
2. identify the specific competencies needed to pass each of the six instruments necessary to begin the assessment phase of the External Diploma Program:
a. computation- knowledge of operations, word problems, and logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents;
b. writing skills- appropriate use of ordering in a passage, dictation, sentence relationships and paragraphing;
c. reading skills- recognize main ideas, making inferences, interpreting charts and graphs, application of an idea and use of a supporting detail;
d. job aptitude- evaluation of components necessary to search and select job categories;
e. experiential assessment- evaluation of past experiences to identify an individual job skill;
f. self identification of skills- evaluation of life skills one possesses through past experience and those necessary to be developed to ensure successful completion of the high school credential.

ADS 561 – SAT-PSAT Review-Math

This course is designed for high school students preparing for math sections of PSAT or ACT. You will learn strategies and practice problem-solving techniques. Expect to be assigned homework and a nightly quiz. Math abilities tested by the SAT test will be covered. Three weeks taught by a certified math instructor.

Course Objectives:
1. Use proper reasoning techniques to problem solve.
2. Use a systematic method of study to improve vocabulary skills.
3. Improve test taking skills.
4. Solve graphic, spatial and symbolic problems.
5. Use arithmetic, algebra and geometry functions to solve problems.

ADS 572 – ABE/GED

Offers Adult Basic Education and GED instruction. Class instruction is individualized. Workplace, family, and other life issues are also incorporated into instruction. Computer assisted instruction available.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack and recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, analysis and summarization;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings in topics such as social studies, science, literature and the arts, personal and family health, economics and consumer awareness;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation;
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and in preparation for GED exam-basic algebra and geometry;
5. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations such as figuring mileage, finding averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and using reference materials;
6. demonstrate in classroom and/or work-related areas, ability to use basic computer skills to include use of the keyboard, mouse, and disk drives; basic word processing; and file management; and
7. accomplish job-related tasks such as following directions, completing a job application, creating a resume, and writing a memo or report.

ADS 577 – SAT/ACT Test Preparation - Part II (Quantitative)

This course is the second part of a two-part series in preparing students for the SAT and/or the ACT college admissions tests. Taking Parts 1 and 2 in this two-part series prepares the student for questions in each test area. The test areas will be analyzed with special consideration given to math and verbal refreshers and test-taking techniques. Students practice on actual ACT and SAT tests from previous years.

Course Objectives:
1. utilize general test-taking techniques,
2. describe and use time saving techniques,
3. apply logical and analytical reasoning,
4. apply effective word usage and grammar, and
5. improve math skills and verbal comprehension.

ADS 580 – GRE Test Preparation - Part I (Verbal And Analytical)

This course is the first of a two part series, designed to prepare students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) covering all question types on the verbal and analytical sections of the GRE. Students will learn time saving techniques for both the paper based and computer administrations of the test. Topics to be covered include: reading comprehension, analogies, sentence completions, antonyms, and logical and analytical reasoning questions.

Course Objectives:
1. utilize general test-taking techniques,
2. describe and use time saving techniques,
3. demonstrate an improvement in reading comprehension, and
4. apply logical and analytical reasoning.

ADS 581 – GRE Test Preparation - Part II (Quantitative)

This course is the second in a two part series designed to prepare students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). It features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, discrete quantitative, and data interpretation questions that make up the math section of the GRE. Students will also cover time saving techniques for both the paper-based and computer administrations of the test.

Course Objectives:
1. utilize general test-taking techniques,
2. describe and use time savings techniques, and
3. apply logical and analytical reasoning to improve quantitative comparison and data interpretation.

ADS 585 – GED Test Preparation

Miscellaneous Info: For information on taking the GED test call 410-767-0538

6th grade reading and math levels. We will take students at a 5th grade level for a longer remediation program.

Instruction is delivered Mondays - Fridays from 8am - 4pm Enrollment dates monthly.

Students that need to make up high school credits to get their high school diploma should:
1. Either contact their day school guidance counselor to find out if they will accept a college credit course to replace the high school course. The student would then get a high school diploma from their particular school.

OR

2. contact the Baltimore County Public Schools Alternative Education System at 410-887-2270 or www.bcps.org click on Offices, Alternative Education. This office offers evening classes at high schools for students to make up the missed credits. If they do not offer a particular subject, they will make arrangements with area colleges to allow the student to take a credit course. The student will receive a Baltimore County Public High School Diploma. These classes are only available to students under 21 years of age.

3. Students over 21 years old must take the GED classes and take the GED test.

Course Objectives:
1. calculate whole numbers and execute steps to solving word problems,
2. demonstrate advanced writing skills, and
3. perform algebraic calculations.

ADS 592 – Adult Basic Education ABE/GED

Register after assessment. Offers Adult Basic Education and GED instruction. Class instruction is individualized. Workplace, family, and other life issues are also incorporated into instruction.

Course Objectives:
1. perform basic mathematical computations and solve mathematical problems;
2. demonstrate an improvement in the ability to recognize, correct, and effective standard written English including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary;
3. write a well-developed paragraph or essay;
4. demonstrate improvement in the ability to read and interpret 20th/21st century historical and sociological information;
5. demonstrate improvement in the ability to analyze, interpret, and apply information from the biological and physical sciences;
6. demonstrate improvement in understanding 20th/21st century literary selections, including short stories, plays, essays, and poetry; and
7. achieve some competencies in the areas of communication, self-awareness, self-confidence, and occupational preparedness.

ADS 593 – Comprehensive Math Skills Review

This course is designed to help adults develop the mathematical abilities that are needed to transition to the GED, EDP, and Developmental Math courses. Topics to be covered include multiplication, decimals, fractions, percents, word problems, scientific calculator usage, and problem solving.

Course Objectives:
1. use decimals to calculate unit price;
2. calculate fractional measurements;
3. calculate discounts using percent;
4. convert fractions to decimals;
5. convert decimals to percents;
6. round off numbers to designated place;
7. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
8. use problem solving skills to find an average;
9. demonstrate measurement skills in linear, area, and volume scenarios;
10. demonstrate knowledge and usage of scientific calculator; and
11. locate information on a W2 form and income tax tables.

ADS 595 – Grammar Refresher

Review and improve skill in grammar, punctuation and sentence construction. Topics include a review of tenses; the use of modals; the adjective noun, and the adverb clauses; phrases, count and non-count nouns and English terms.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the structure of standard English,
2. describe strategies for comprehension,
3. demonstrate an understanding of grammatical rules,
4. describe verb tenses and the three major verbs; and
5. cite the difference between the active and passive voice.

ADS 602 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Educational Development

This course is designed as part of an open entry/open exit program, to help students develop basic education skills, life skills, skills needed for passing the Accuplacer test, and job-related skills, which will prepare them for further education or the attainment of a GED so that the students may acquire or improve their employment or move into post-secondary school.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, analysis, and summarization;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings in social studies, science, literature and the arts, personal and family health, economics, college preparedness, and consumer awareness;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences, paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and in preparation for GED, and college math;
5. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations such as figuring mileage, finding averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and using reference materials;
6. demonstrate in the classroom the ability to use basic computer skills to take the Accuplacer test.

ADS 603 – Academic Skills Enhancement Reading/Math

This course is designed to enable the student to develop basic educational skills in reading and mathematics. The preparation in this course is for real-life skills, job related skills, and further education. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, language, writing, and number skills.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack skills and word recognition;
2. find the main idea of a reading passage;
3. answer questions concerning sequence, inference, and comprehension for level specific reading material;
4. participate in group discussion using the News for You Newspaper;
5. demonstrate improved writing skills including correct sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation;
6. write a cohesive paragraph;
7. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetical computation; and
8. demonstrate readiness to take the Accuplacer test.

ADS 604 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Educational Development

This course is designed to increase skills in reading, writing, and math, to help students develop basic education skills as well as life and job-related skills, leading to the attainment of a GED, so that they may acquire or improve their employment or move into post-secondary education.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, analysis, summarization;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings in various topics including social studies, science, literature, the arts, personal and family health, economics, college preparedness, and consumer awareness;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and in preparation for GED and college math;
5. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations including mileage computation, figuring averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and using reference materials;
6. demonstrate basic computer skills; and
7. demonstrate readiness to take the GED test.

ADS 612 – ESOL CONVERSATION AND WRITING

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack skills and word recognition to increase active vocabulary;
2. improve oral communication skills in conversation activities for life skills and the workplace;
3. use pronunciation techniques to improve American English accent;
4. participate in group discussion using the Easy English Newspaper;
5. demonstrate improved writing skills including correct sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation;
6. write a cohesive paragraph to a short essay, as appropriate for fluency level;
7. apply listening strategies to enhance oral comprehension; and
8. write simple documents including forms, memos, and short business letters.

ADS 614 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Educational Development

This course is designed to develop and review the basic reading, writing, and math skills needed to be able to pass the 2002 Revised General Educational Development (GED) Test, and acquire a high school credential.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, analysis, and summarization;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences, paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and in preparation for GED and college math;
5. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations such as figuring mileage, finding averages, interpreting charts and graphs, and using reference materials;
6. demonstrate the ability to perform basic computer skills;
7. use computer software to begin job readiness and college preparedness; and
8. demonstrate the ability to successful pass the GED exam.

ADS 622 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Educational Development

This course is designed to help student develop basic education skills which will enable them to pursue the next higher level of education, obtain job or computer skills, or attain a GED high school diploma.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including work attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings in various topics including literature, the arts, personal and family health, and consumer awareness;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
4. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents;
5. apply reading and mathematics skills to life situations including mileage computation and figuring averages;
6. demonstrate basic computer skills; and
7. demonstrate progress through the post-testing process.

ADS 625 – Even Start ESOL Family Literacy

This course is designed to enable the parent(s) who speaks English as a second or other language to develop academic skills through an individualized program that includes standard educational books and materials, including parenting resources. The course will provide the student with skills in reading and writing, oral communication, and listening comprehension in classes that are multi-leveled. Topics to be covered include functional conversational needs, basic grammar, cultural awareness, age appropriate activities and materials for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, that include the content area of parenting;
2. demonstrate improvement in writing and speaking with correct sentence structure;
3. demonstrate the ability to express opinions and to learn to ask questions including questions relating to parenting;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to dialogue with children in bilingual questions related to parenting issues;
5. demonstrate the ability to select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist;
7. demonstrate the ability to participate in interactive family activities; and
8. demonstrate an understanding of how to obtain reference material on parenting issues.

ADS 626 – Even Start ESOL Family Literacy

This course is designed to enable the parent(s) who speaks English as a second or other language to develop academic skills through an individualized program that includes standard educational books and materials, including parenting resources. The course will provide the student with skills in reading and writing, oral communication, and listening comprehension in classes that are multi-leveled. Topics to be covered include functional conversational needs, basic grammar, cultural awareness, age appropriate activities and materials for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, that include the content area of parenting;
2. demonstrate improvement in writing and speaking with correct sentence structure;
3. demonstrate the ability to express opinions and to learn to ask questions including questions relating to parenting;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to dialogue with children in bilingual questions related to parenting issues;
5. demonstrate the ability to select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist;
7. demonstrate the ability to participate in interactive family activities; and
8. demonstrate an understanding of how to obtain reference material on parenting issues.

ADS 628 – Prepare for the GED Math Test

Master the skills required to successfully pass Test 5 in the GED series. Give yourself a strong foundation to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test. Gain comfort with your math skills and be able to recognize how, when, and why to apply each math concept you learn.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to calculate whole numbers and execute steps to solving word problems;
2. apply the principles of notation and the order of operations;
3. develop the ability to perform algebraic calculations;
4. demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide different types of fractions;
5. develop the ability to solve standard percent problems, percent of increase and decrease, and interest; and
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to plot coordinates and lines on a coordinate plane grid and use formulas to measure distance and slope.

ADS 630 – Even Start ESOL Family Literacy

If you are a parent who speaks English as a second or other language, this course will help you develop academic skills through an individualized program that includes standard educational books and materials, including parenting resources. These multi-leveled classes will enable you to increase your reading, writing, oral communication and listening comprehension skills. Learn conversational skills, grammar, cultural awareness as well as what age appropriate activities/materials are available for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading and writing skills including the content area of parenting;
2. demonstrate improvement in writing and speaking with correct sentence structure;
3. express an opinion and ask questions, including questions related to parenting issues;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to dialogue with children in bilingual households about educational, social and cultural issues;
5. select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
6. discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist; and
7. participate in interactive family activities.

ADS 641 – Reading Skills for General Education Development - Level I

Enhance reading skills and demonstrate mastery at the sixth grade reading level. Topics include use of dictionary; basic comprehension skills, such as identifying the main and subordinate ideas; vocabulary and outline of materials. Course is a prerequisite for Reading Skills for General Education Development. Intended for job trainees.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the main and subordinate ideas, specific details, and the sequence of events;
2. outline paragraphs and short essays;
3. demonstrate an increase in the level of vocabulary; and
4. use a dictionary.

ADS 644 – Math Skill Building for General Education Development - Level I

Course Objectives:
1. perform basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division,
2. demonstrate an understanding of prime and composite numbers, and
3. demonstrate an understanding of the least common multiple.

ADS 647 – General Educational Development Test Preparation, Level I

Prepare for the General Education Development exams. Topics include reading, math, writing skills, social studies, science and test taking skills. Intended for job trainees.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved reading skills such as vocabulary and comprehension;
2. demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical concepts and skills in computation of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements, ratio and proportion, tables and graphs, basic algebra and geometry;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills and correct grammar, usage and spelling;
4. demonstrate the ability to write a two hundred-word essay meeting test criteria;
5. demonstrate an understanding of elementary principles of biology, chemistry and physics;
6. demonstrate elementary knowledge of economics, political science, geography, American history and behavioral sciences; and
7. identify test-taking skills to reduce stress during testing.

ADS 650 – Occupational Writing Skills for General Education Development - Level I

Learn writing skills related to work situations. Topics include verb tenses, matching subject and verb, prepositions and other parts of speech and sentence structure. Intended for job trainees.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate knowledge of parts of speech and sentence structure;
2. write sentences using various verb tenses, prepositions and other parts of speech;
3. write simple, compound and complex sentences;
4. combine sentences correctly to form paragraphs; and
5. identify and correct errors in sentence structure.

ADS 653 – Grammar For ESOL

This six-week online course includes in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students. Structure of Standard English is explored in order to prepare the learner for regular mainstream English classes. The course is designed to provide students ample opportunities to apply their knowledge to their particular areas of study throughout college and beyond. As one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university, this course establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses the student may be taking or will take. Topics to be covered include: a review of all tenses, the use of modals, the adjective clause, the noun clause, the adverb clause, phrases, count and non-count nouns and some English terms.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the structure of Standard English,
2. describe strategies for comprehension,
3. explain grammatical rules,
4. describe verb tenses and the three major verbs, and
5. explain the difference between the active and passive voice.

ADS 655 – SAT/ACT Test Preparation I

This course includes verbal refreshers and discusses techniques aimed at relieving test-taking anxiety. Topics to be covered include: effective word usage and grammar for the ACT, sentence completions and analogies for the SAT, and reading comprehension for both tests. Techniques for tackling the Science Reasoning Section on the ACT will also be discussed. Students will practice techniques and approaches using very similar exams and fully explain and interpret the correct and incorrect answers. Taking both parts 1 and 2 in this two-part series prepares students for question types on each test using test-taking techniques pioneered by Scott Hatch in 1980 and taught to thousands of college-bound students around the world.

Course Objectives:
1. execute general test-taking techniques,
2. describe and use time saving techniques,
3. apply logical and analytical reasoning,
4. apply effective word usage and grammar, and
5. improve reading comprehension.

ADS 656 – External Diploma Program Tutoring

This course is designed to develop and review life skills reading, writing, math and computer skills leading to the attainment of a high school credential through the passing of the External Diploma Program criteria. The EDP topics include sixty five (65) integrated performance skills in the general areas of communication, computation, self-awareness, social awareness, consumer awareness, scientific awareness, occupational preparedness, technological preparedness, and the demonstration of one individual vocational skill.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems related to money including decimals, fractions, percents, graphs, area, and perimeter;
2. recognize correct and effective standard written English including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary;
3. write a paragraph of 200 words expressing a personal opinion on a specific topic;
4. read and interpret 20th century historical information and the use of map skills; and
5. demonstrate enhanced computer skills in writing paragraphs, resumes, letters of complaint and searching the web for government information.

ADS 657 – BASIC MATHEMATICS

Course Objectives:
1. determine what products to offer;
2. locate suppliers and outlets for the product offered;
3. make the transition from gardener to nursery person;
4. describe climate zones and how to set up suitable growing grounds;
5. select viable products, locate suppliers, and describe the drop-shipping processes;
6. create attention grabbing advertising;
7. describe how to produce shrubs, roses, vines and small fruits; and
8. exhibit strategies for wholesale marketing

ADS 664 – SAT/PSAT Math Review Beginning

Required Book:
SAT 2006 Edition (Kaplan) ISBN-10:0-7432-5180-6 (20$)

Course Objectives:
1. identify and discuss the proper test taking techniques and strategies;
2. describe the structure of the new SAT/PSAT tests; and
3. develop the ability to improve scores in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry drills.

ADS 667 – SAT/PSAT Verbal Review

Required Book:
SAT 2006 Edition (Kaplan) ISBN-10:0-7432-5180-6 (20$)

Course Objectives:
1. identify and discuss the good test taking techniques,
2. demonstrate improved reading comprehension scores on selected passages,
3. demonstrate improved scores on essay writing and test practice drills, and
4. identify and discuss techniques for improving vocabulary building and multiple choice.

ADS 668 – Complete Introduction to GED Reading and Math

This 10-week class will prepare you for the GED course in the areas of Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. Mathematics topics include areas of critical thinking, problem solving, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of short stories, essays and poetry by identifying the main idea;
2. demonstrate an understanding of problem solving techniques and how to apply them to reading comprehension;
3. develop the ability to identify and use simple, compound and complex sentences;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to plan and write a simple paragraph;
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to locate information in reference material;
6. develop the ability to use decimals to calculate unit price;
7. develop the ability to convert fractions to decimals;
8. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
9. demonstrate an understanding of how to use problem solving skills to find an average; and
10. demonstrate an understanding of measurement skills in linear, area and volume.

ADS 669 – Complete GED Reading, Writing and Math

This course prepares you for the GED test in the Language Arts Reading and Writing areas along with Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Math areas covered include critical thinking, problem solving, and application of computational skills from whole numbers to algebra and geometry. Information on post-secondary options after completion of the GED exam will also be offered as a part of the class. A placement test at registration is required for enrollment in this course. Books and the scientific calculator are included in the cost of the course. To register see Regional Registration dates.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems;
2. demonstrate an understanding of operations, word problems, logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents;
3. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
4. apply measurement skills in linear, area, and volume scenarios;
5. demonstrate the ability to accurately use a scientific calculator;
6. develop the ability to recognize and correct standard written English including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary;
7. write a complete essay with an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion;
8. develop the ability to read and interpret historical and scientific information;
9. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas;
10. demonstrate increased knowledge of college opportunities and recognize instructional activities that will enhance awareness and preparedness for college.

ADS 677 – Writing for ESL

This course is designed to provide students who are not native English-speakers with training in composing essays and other writings.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the writing process from brainstorming through completion,
2. define the characteristics of the essay form of writing,
3. identify and use different verb tenses and inflections, and
4. demonstrate the ability to use punctuation accurately in a sentence.

ADS 678 – LSAT Preparation - Part I

This course is designed to prepare students to take the law school entrance exam. An overview of the test, analytical reasoning skills, and test-taking skills are included.

Course Objectives:
1. describe law school admission procedures,
2. explain general test-taking strategies and techniques, and
3. demonstrate analytical reasoning skills in solving test problems

ADS 680 – English for Speakers of Other Languages for DDA Adults

This course is designed to enable the student, who is a foreign-born adult with disabilities who speaks0 little or no English, to learn basic speaking and listening skills. Students will obtain oral communication and listening comprehension skills to meet their immediate needs. Topics to be covered include simple greetings, personal information, money, time, and weather.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings,
2. demonstrate the ability to tell personal information,
3. demonstrate the ability to count American money,
4. demonstrate the ability to tell time,
5. demonstrate the ability to call 911 in an emergency, and
6. demonstrate an understanding of commonly used weather expressions.

ADS 681 – ESOL FOR DDA ADULTS

This course is designed to enable the student, who is a foreign-born adult with disabilities who speaks little or no English, to learn basic speaking and listening skills. Students will obtain oral communication and listening comprehension skills to meet their immediate needs. Topics to be covered include simple greetings, personal information, money, time, and weather.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings;
2. demonstrate the ability to tell personal information;
3. demonstrate the ability to count American money;
4. demonstrate the ability to tell time;
5. demonstrate the ability to call 911 in an emergency;
6. demonstrate an understanding of commonly used weather expressions;
7. write personal information such as name, address, and phone number; and
8. demonstrate the ability to follow one-step directions and instructors.

ADS 682 – ESOL FOR DDA ADULTS

This course is designed to enable the student, who is a foreign-born adult with disabilities who speaks little or no English, to learn basic speaking and listening skills. Students will obtain oral communication and listening comprehension skills to meet their immediate needs. Topics to be covered include simple greetings, personal information, money, time, weather, and food categories.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings;
2. demonstrate the ability to tell personal information;
3. demonstrate the ability to count American money;
4. demonstrate the ability to tell time;
5. demonstrate the ability to call 911 in an emergency;
6. ask and answer affirmative or negative statements with high frequency verbs;
7. demonstrate an understanding of commonly used weather expressions;
8. write personal information such as name, address, and phone number;
9. demonstrate the ability to read prices for food, clothes, and other instructions;
10. demonstrate the ability to follow one-step directions and instructors;
11. demonstrate the ability to speak in sentences using simple grammatical structures; and
12. develop an oral vocabulary in English of at least 200 words.

ADS 683 – Math Refresher

This course is designed to enable the student to learn basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) in the context of real life situations, such as bill paying, checkbook balancing, home buying, and estimating materials needed for home/work projects. Topics to be covered include basic number properties, percentages, mathematics and checkbook balancing, ratios, and probability.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the use of integers, exponents, and roots;
2. explain the mathematics behind tip amounts, taxes, and discounts;
3. explain the mathematics involved with credit cards and interest; and
4. calculate simple probability problems.

ADS 706 – Complete Essential Skills: Reading, Writing and Math

Designed to develop and review basic reading, writing and math skills for the adult student.. Topics to be covered include reading, social studies, science, writing skills, essay development, mathematical computation including areas of estimation, fractions, algebra, geometry, problem solving, and the use of the scientific calculator.

Course Objectives:
1. solve mathematical problems;
2. demonstrate an understanding of operations, word problems, and logic related to whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents;
3. compute basic math problems with an emphasis on problem solving;
4. apply measurement skills in linear, area, and volume scenarios;
5. develop the ability to accurately use a scientific calculator;
6. recognize and correct effective standard written English including spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary;
7. write a complete essay with an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion;
8. read and interpret historical and scientific information; and
9. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas.

ADS 707 – GMAT Preparation

This course is designed to teach the student the test taking techniques and methods for improving scores and saving time on all GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), question types. Taking this course will provide students with test-taking techniques and methods for improving scores and saving time on all GMAT question types. Students will review the more familiar questions and learn how to approach question types such as, critical reasoning and data sufficiency. Topics to be covered include: reading comprehension questions, sentence corrections questions, critical reasoning questions, analytical writing assessment, a comprehensive math review and techniques for tackling both problem solving and data sufficiency questions. Students will also practice on actual GMAT tests from previous years.

Course Objectives:
1. utilize general test-taking techniques,
2. describe and use time saving techniques,
3. apply logical and analytical reasoning,
4. apply critical reasoning and data sufficiency, and
5. use analytical writing assessment tools.

ADS 710 – Everyday Math

This course is designed to: instruct students on basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) in the context of real life situations, such as bill paying, checkbook balancing, home buying, and estimating materials needed for home/work projects. Topics to be covered include basic number properties, percentages, mathematics and your checkbook, ratios, and probability.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate use of integers, exponents and roots;
2. explain the mathematics behind tip amounts, taxes, and discounts;
3. explain the mathematics involved with credit cards and interest; and
4. calculate simple probability problems.

ADS 711 – Lifeskills English for Speakers of Other Languages - Beginning

Beginning students will learn basic English for workplace and community settings. Topics to be covered include: simple questions and answers, filling out forms, understanding time and numbers, and following directions.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings;
2. cite personal information;
3. develop the ability to count American money;
4. recognize time;
5. develop the ability to know how to call 911 in an emergency;
6. analyze and answer affirmative and negative statements with high frequency verbs;
7. recognize commonly used weather expressions;
8. write personal information such as name, address, and phone number;
9. develop the ability to read prices for food, clothes, and other necessities;
10. develop the ability to follow simple one-step directions and instructions;
11. develop the ability to speak in simple sentences using simple grammatical structures; and
12. develop an oral vocabulary in English of at least 200 words.

ADS 712 – Lifeskills English for Speakers of Other Languages - Intermediate

For the intermediate student who wants to improve English for workplace and community settings. Discuss simple conversations, requesting information, writing notes or short letters, understanding instructions, and interpreting schedules.

Course Objectives:
1. assess questions about facts and opinions;
2. provide simple sentences with correct punctuation;
3. write simple sentences with correct punctuation;
4. develop the ability to participate in routine social conversations;
5. express lack of understanding and ask for repetition or clarification;
6. interpret statements, questions, and commands in a variety of familiar situations;
7. develop the ability to request information and express needs;
8. apply simple context clues to determine the meaning of new words;
9. develop the ability to follow simple two step directions and instructions; and
10. complete simple forms, such as change of address and job applications.

ADS 713 – Integrated Skills English for Speakers of Other Languages - Advanced

Advanced students can improve English for professional or academic purposes. Topics to be covered include: specific skills and strategies in listening, speaking, reading, grammar, vocabulary development, and writing.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to ask and answer questions using complete sentences when appropriate;
2. respond to requests for clarification, elaboration, opinion;
3. define the meaning of vocabulary from context and read for information;
4. develop the ability to summarize information and read from authentic materials;
5. develop the ability to participate in discussions on topics beyond immediate survival needs;
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to follow multi-step directions and instructions in familiar situations;
7. use gerunds and infinitives correctly;
8. use advanced grammatical structures beginning with present progressive tense;
9. cite short oral presentations in class;
10. write and edit short essays on a variety of topics; and
11. construct a well-written resume including references.

ADS 714 – Volunteers in Partnership Training

This course is designed to train community volunteers to tutor students who are taking literacy courses. Topics to be covered include definition of literacy, adult learning opportunities, characteristics of the adult learner, adult learning theories, and volunteer opportunities.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of some of the barriers the adult learner has faced and how we may be able to help them to experience success in the basic skills,
2. describe adult learning theories and how to use them to help the learners, and
3. decide which program a volunteer would feel most comfortable working with and arrange to complete the next training in ASE/GED or ESOL.

ADS 715 – ESOL CIVICS BEGINNING

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings;
2. cite personal information;
3. develop the ability to count American money;
4. cite time;
5. explain how to call 911 in an emergency;
6. develop the ability to ask and answer affirmative and negative statements with high frequency verbs;
7. demonstrate an understanding of commonly used weather expressions;
8. write personal information such as name, address, and phone number;
9. develop the ability to read prices for food, clothes and other necessities;
10. develop the ability to follow simple one-step directions and instructions;
11. develop the ability to speak in sentences using simple grammatical structures; and
12. develop an oral vocabulary in English of at least two hundred (200) words.

ADS 716 – ESOL CIVICS-INTERMEDIATE

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to ask questions about facts and opinions;
2. provide simple descriptions of a person, place, or event;
3. write simple sentences with correct punctuation;
4. develop the ability to participate in routine social conversations;
5. express lack of understanding and ask for repetition or clarification;
6. interpret statement, questions, and commands in a variety of familiar situations;
7. develop the ability to request information and express needs;
8. apply simple context clues to determine the meaning of new words;
9. develop the ability to follow simple two step directions and instructions; and
10. develop the ability to complete simple forms, such as change of address and job applications.

ADS 717 – ADULT ED/MAD/HEIGHTS/LIFELINES

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improvement in the ability to read with understanding, convey ideas, listen and observe critically, and communicate clearly;
2. demonstrate improved decision making and conflict resolution skills;
3. develop the ability to advocate for and guide others in the family unit;
4. demonstrate an understanding of child growth and development;
5. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of becoming a partner in the education and literacy development of one¿s children; and
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to balance priorities and manage family resources.

ADS 718 – COMPREHENSIVE WRITING

Course Objectives:
1. apply spelling rules to increase knowledge of basic spelling;
2. demonstrate improved knowledge of basic grammar through grammatically correct sentence structure;
3. use improved punctuation skills such as correct usage of commas, capitalization, plurals, and possessives;
4. apply correct subject/verb agreement and correct tenses in sentences;
5. identify sentence fragments, run-on sentences, compound sentences, and parallel structure;
6. demonstrate ability to use topic sentence in paragraph, stay on topic, and divide paragraphs;
7. learn the difference between narrative, descriptive, explanatory, and persuasive writing; and
8. demonstrate the ability to revise and edit paragraphs.

ADS 719 – INTENSIVE GED TEST PREPARATION

Course Objectives:
1. apply brainstorming procedures to improve essay writing,
2. write a five paragraph essay from a prompt,
3. demonstrate accuracy in using the scientific calculator for math problems,
4. identify mathematical clues in solving word problems,
5. demonstrate critical analytical skills to reading in the content area, and
6. identify and learn the basic guidelines for test taking skills.

ADS 720 – WORKPLACE SKILLS ENHANCEMENT

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack, recognition, vocabulary, and comprehensive analysis;
2. demonstrate improved comprehension skills in content readings on various topics such aspersonal and family health, consumer awareness, and career/job related issues;
3. demonstrate improved writing skills including writing clear sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
4. utilize workplace communication strategies such as completing forms and writing memos and reports;
5. solve mathematical problems as needed, in basic arithmetic computation involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents;
6. apply reading and mathematical skills to life situations such as mileage computation, figuring
averages, and comparing employee benefits; and
7. demonstrate evidence of progress through the post testing process.

ADS 721 – Math Skills Review

This is designed to enable you to pass the whole number arithmetic test (WNAT) and place into the 081 Developmental Education Math class. You'll cover subtraction of 0 in the minued, multiple digit multiplication and division, addition with carrying, subtraction with borrowing, long division with and without remainders, measurement including area, perimeter and volume. If possible, you will be introduced to fractions and decimals including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate mastery of adding, subtracting and dividing whole numbers;
2. demonstrate knowledge of the multiplication tables trough 12;
3. demonstrate the ability to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of number facts to 20;
4. apply measurement using area, perimeter and volume;
5. develop the ability to do addition using carrying and subtraction using borrowing;
6. develop the ability to become adept at decimal place value including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals; and
7. demonstrate some knowledge of fractions, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

ADS 722 – Technical Writing Skills Survey and Review for the Workplace

This course is designed to provide the student with a survey and review of technical writing skills for use in the workplace. Such a review will promote effective editing and help enhance written business and technical communications. Topics to be covered include a review of guidelines for Standard English, sentence structure, word usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation rules, along with procedures for writing with proper tone for the audience.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the proper use of standard written English to include vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
2. demonstrate an understanding of workplace rules, concepts, and strategies to complete effective forms, memos, email messages, and reports;
3. demonstrate the ability to recognize sentences, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences;
4. demonstrate an understanding of the parts of a speech;
5. identify and avoid errors in subject-verb agreement;
6. demonstrate the ability to write communications with clarity and conciseness for an intended audience; and
7. demonstrate the ability to edit and proofread written content for grammar, punctuation, spelling, accuracy, objectivity, and tone.

ADS 724 – Learn Beginning English for Speakers of Other Languages

This course will help beginning students learn basic English for workplace and community settings. Topics to be covered include simple questions and answers, filling out forms, understanding time and numbers, and following directions.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize and respond to simple greetings;
2. cite how to call 911 in an emergency;
3. provide personal information;
4. develop the ability to write personal information such as name, address, and phone number;
5. develop the ability to count American money;
6. develop the ability to tell time;
7. recognize to ask and answer simple affirmative and negative statements with high frequency verbs;
8. identify commonly used weather expressions;
9. state how to read prices for food, clothes, and other necessities;
10. recognize how to follow simple one-step directions and instructions;
11. communicate in sentences using simple grammatical structures;
12. discuss how to ask for assistance in various settings;
13. develop the ability to ask for and give simple directions to familiar locations; and
14. identify how to obtain an oral vocabulary in English of at least 200 words.

ADS 725 – Learn Intermediate English for Speakers of Other Languages

This course will help intermediate students improve English for workplace and community settings. Topics to be covered include simple conversations, requesting information, writing notes or short letters, understanding instructions, and interpreting schedules.

Course Objectives:
1. write simple sentences with correct punctuation;
2. develop the ability to participate in routine social conversations;
3. provide the ability to ask questions about facts and opinions;
4. develop the ability to provide simple descriptions of a person, place or event;
5. express lack of understanding and ask for repetition or clarification;
6. interpret statements, questions, and commands in a variety of familiar situations;
7. develop the ability to request information and to express needs;
8. apply simple context clues to determine the meaning of new words;
9. develop the ability to follow simple two step directions and instructions;
10. develop the ability to ask and give simple two step directions to familiar locations; and
11. complete simple forms, such as a change of address and job application.

ADS 726 – Advanced Reading, Writing and Editing 1

This course is designed to help advanced foreign born adults develop a firm basis in specific reading, writing, and editing skills in English.. Topics to be covered include: reading and vocabulary strategies, identifying genre, identifying discourse markers, compound and complex sentence structure, paragraph organization, drafting and revising, and self and peer editing.

Course Objectives:
1. determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in a passage by using contextual and lexical clues,
2. develop the ability to vary reading strategies in order to understand content on familiar and unfamiliar topics,
3. develop the ability to paraphrase and summarize readings,
4. identify common genre,
5. identify discourse markers,
6. identify and write compound and complex sentences,
7. identify paragraph type and organization,
8. use pre-writing skills to organize and develop a paragraph, and
9. edit one's own and peer's writing for grammar and mechanics.

ADS 729 – Even Start ESOL Family Literacy

This course is designed for the English Speaker of Other Languages parent(s) to develop academic skills through an individualized program that includes standard educational books and materials, as well as parenting resources. Provides survival skills in reading, writing, oral communication and listening comprehension to non-native English speakers. Classes are multilevel. Topics to be covered include functional conversational needs, basic grammar, cultural awareness, and age-appropriate activities and materials for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading and writing skills including the content area of parenting;
2. demonstrate improvement in writing and speaking with correct sentence structure;
3. express an opinion and ask questions, including questions related to parenting issues;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to dialog with children in bilingual households about educational, social, and cultural issues;
5. select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
6. discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist; and
7. participate in interactive family activities.

ADS 730 – ESOL FAMILY LITERACY

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the content area of parenting;
2. express an opinion and to ask questions related to parenting issues;
3. select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
4. discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist; and
5. develop the ability to participate in interactive family activities.

ADS 731 – Math Skills Building I

The course is designed to assess the tool and die student's aptitude and identify strengths and weaknesses in various areas of math and develop short term goal achievements. The course will enhance the tool and die students' current math skills and enable them to quickly solve basic math problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Topics that will be covered include decimals, fractions, ratios, proportions, perimeters, circumferences, and basic measuring.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced ability to solve various math problems;
2. demonstrate enhanced ability to interpret and solving word problems;
3. demonstrate enhanced ability to apply the rules for solving basic arithmetic problems;
4. demonstrate enhanced ability to calculate circumferences, square roots, perimeters, and proportions; and
5. conduct accurate basic measurements.

ADS 732 – Math Skills Building II

This course is designed to further strengthen the tool and die students' math skills and facilitate quick assessment for solutions to basic math problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Topics that will be covered include decimals, fractions, ratios, proportions, perimeters, circumferences, and basic measuring.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate enhanced ability to solve various math problems;
2. demonstrate enhanced ability to interpret and solve word problems;
3. demonstrate enhanced ability to apply the rules for working out basic arithmetic problems;
4. demonstrate enhanced ability to calculate circumferences, square roots, perimeters, and proportions; and
5. demonstrate enhanced ability to complete accurate basic measuring.

ADS 733 – ESOL Advanced Conversation 1

Foreign-born adults with an advanced level of English comprehension, fluency, and accuracy in oral conversations can improve their skills. Topics include: speaking and listening, and appropriate conversation for the workplace and academic settings.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and respond appropriately to social cues in conversation in familiar situations,
2. select and report pertinent information,
3. use a variety of sentence patterns in spontaneous conversations,
4. identify and respond to idiomatic expressions in familiar contexts,
5. employ new vocabulary and high-frequency idioms in spontaneous conversation,
6. develop the ability to obtain detailed information in various contexts,
7. develop the ability to follow multi-step instructions in a familiar situation, and
8. identify how to rephrase or repeat utterances to clarify them to the public at large.

ADS 734 – ESOL Advanced Conversation 2

Foreign-born adults with an advanced level of English comprehension, fluency, and accuracy in oral conversations can improve their skills. Topics include: speaking and listening, and appropriate conversation for the workplace and academic settings.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to participate in topics beyond immediate survival needs,
2. prepare to give multi-step directions and instructions in familiar settings,
3. use a variety of sentence patterns in spontaneous conversation,
4. identify and respond to idiomatic expressions,
5. develop the ability to clarify utterances by rewording or repeating in order to be understood by the general public,
6. cite ways to obtain detailed information in various contexts,
7. prepare and present a short formal speech, and
8. develop the ability to participate in a discussion (e.g., initiate, continue, conclude a discussion).

ADS 735 – ESOL Advanced Reading, Writing and Editing 1

This course is designed to enable the advanced foreign born adult student to learn to develop a firm basis in specific reading, writing and editing skills. Topics to be covered include reading and vocabulary strategies, identifying discourse markers, compound and complex sentence structure, paragraph organization, drafting and revising, and self and peer editing.

Course Objectives:
1. determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in a passage by using contextual and lexical clues,
2. develop the ability to vary reading strategies for understanding content on familiar and unfamiliar topics,
3. describe how to paraphrase and summarize readings,
4. identify common genre,
5. identify discourse markers,
6. identify and write compound and complex sentences,
7. identify paragraph type and organization,
8. use pre-writing skills to organize and develop a paragraph, and
9. edit one's own and peer¿s writing for grammar and mechanics.

ADS 736 – ESOL Advanced Reading, Writing and Editing 2

Designed to help foreign born adults with advanced ESOL skills continue to develop a firm basis in specific reading, writing, and editing skills. In addition to reading and vocabulary strategies, you will identify discourse markers and rhetorical devices, determine writer's purpose, identify genre, construct complex sentence structures, learn paragraph and essay organization; self and peer editing.

Course Objectives:
1. use syntactic and lexical clues to interpret the meanings of complex sentences or new vocabulary;
2. develop the ability to vary reading strategies for understanding content on familiar and unfamiliar topics;
3. determine writer¿s purpose; describe, show cause and effect, narrate, contrast, persuade, etc;
4. identify less common genres;
5. identify and write complex sentence structures;
6. identify and use discourse markers and rhetorical devices;
7. identify types of essays and organizational patterns;
8. use pre-writing skills to organize and develop an essay; and
9. edit one's own and peer¿s writing for grammar and mechanics.

ADS 737 – Complete GED Reading, Writing and Math

This course is designed to develop and review the basic reading, writing and math skills required by the 2002 General Education Development (GED) test. Topics to be covered include literature and the arts; reading, social studies, science, writing skills, essay development, mathematical computation including areas of estimation, fractions, algebra, geometry, problem solving, and the use of the scientific calculator. In addition, this class will provide career counseling and job development. This class will offer information on a wide variety of post-secondary options to enable the students to assume primary responsibility for their choices.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate a familiarity with mathematical order of operations in word problems, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages;
2. properly perform mathematical calculations;
3. apply measurement skills for linear, area, and volume scenarios;
4. properly use a scientific calculator;
5. demonstrate a proficiency with written English to include spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary;
6. write a complete essay to contain an introduction, body, and conclusion;
7. read and interpret historical and scientific information;
8. recognize and recall stated and inferred main ideas; and
9. demonstrate a familiarity with career options and necessary job preparation.

ADS 739 – Academic Skills Enhancement/General Educational Development

This course is designed to increase skills in reading, writing, and math required by the 2002 General Education Development (GED test) in the Baltimore County Detention Center. This will help students develop basic education skills, life skills, and job-related skills which will prepare students for further education or have them obtain a GED so that students may acquire employment, improve their employment or move into post-secondary education through the use of a career advising component. Topics to be covered include: reading comprehension, language and writing skills, mathematics, life skills, job-related skills, and college preparedness.

ADS 740 – ESOL Advanced Conversation

For advanced foreign born adults to help them improve their level of comprehension, fluency, and accuracy in oral conversations. Topics to be covered include: speaking and listening skills, and appropriate conversation for the workplace and academic settings.

Course Objectives:
1. employ new vocabulary and high frequency idioms in fluent conversation,
2. develop the ability to rephrase or repeat to clarify communication with the public at large,
3. identify and respond appropriately to social cues in conversation in familiar situations,
4. use a variety of sentence patterns in spontaneous conversation,
5. identify and respond to idiomatic expressions in familiar contexts,
6. develop the ability to obtain detailed information in various contexts,
7. apply multi-step instructions in a familiar situation, and
8. employ discussion strategies.

ADS 741 – ESOL Advanced Reading, Writing and Editing

Advanced foreign born adults will develop a firm basis in specific reading, writing, and editing skills. Topics to be covered include: reading and vocabulary strategies, identifying discourse markers and rhetorical devices, determining writer's purpose, identifying genre, complex sentence structures, paragraph and essay organization, self and peer editing.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and write complex sentence structures;
2. determine writer's purpose describe, show cause and effect, narrate, contrast, persuade, etc.;
3. use syntactic and lexical clues to interpret the meanings of complex sentences or new vocabulary;
4. identify types of essays and organizational patterns;
5. develop the ability to vary reading strategies for understanding content on familiar and unfamiliar topics;
6. identify less common genres;
7. edit one's own and peer's writing for grammar and mechanics;
8. identify and use discourse markers and rhetorical devices; and
9. use pre-writing skills to organize and develop an essay.

ADS 742 – Intermediate English for Speakers of Other Languages Life Skills

Intermediate students can improve English for workplace and community settings. Topics to be covered include: simple conversations, requesting information, writing notes or short letters, understanding instructions, and interpreting schedules. New Intermediate students may need to take a placement test at registration. Returning students must have completed the beginning level class.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to request information and express needs;
2. develop the ability to ask questions about facts and opinions;
3. provide simple descriptions of a person, place, or event;
4. write simple sentences with correct punctuation;
5. express the ability to follow simple two step directions and instructions;
6. complete simple forms, such as change of address and a job application;
7. express lack of understanding and ask for repetition or clarification; and
8. demonstrate an understanding of statements and questions that contain high frequency vocabulary.

ADS 743 – Beginning English for Speakers of Other Languages Life Skills

This course is designed to provide basic speaking and listening life skills to the foreign born adult student who speaks little or no English. The student will obtain oral communication and listening comprehension skills to meet his/her immediate daily needs. Topics to be covered include simple greetings, personal information, money, time, weather, and food categories.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how to use a simple greeting;
2. develop a oral vocabulary in English of at least 200 words;
3. write personal information such as name, address, and phone number;
4. develop the ability to follow simple one-step directions and instructions;
5. develop the ability to learn numbers to count money and tell time;
6. recall how to call 911 in an emergency;
7. articulate answers to simple yes/no questions and statements;
8. recognize how to read prices for food, clothes, and other necessities; and
9. articulate in sentences using simple grammatical structures.

ADS 744 – Academic Skills Enhancement Reading/Math

This course is designed to help students develop basic educational skills in reading and mathematics. Preparation in this course is for real-life skills, job related skills, and further education. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, language and writing, and number skills.

Course Objectives:
1. use reading skills including word attack skills and word recognition;
2. develop the ability to find the main idea of a reading passage;
3. develop the ability to answer questions concerning sequence, inference and comprehension for level specific reading;
4. demonstrate improved writing skills including correct sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation;
5. write a cohesive paragraph; and
6. solve mathematical problems in basic arithmetic computation

ADS 745 – Mathematics Skills Survey and Review

This course is designed to provide the student with a survey and review of basic mathematics skills. The review will enable the student to develop improved math skills for further education, future employment, or career advancement. Topics to be covered include basic mathematical operations and word problems using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements, conversions, basic algebra, and geometry components.

Course Objectives:
1. determine one's own math skill level and skills development needs;
2. develop improved math problem solving skills; and
3. solve mathematical problems as needed, involving fractions, decimals, percents, measurement, and conversions.

ADS 746 – Head Start ESOL Family Literacy

This course is designed for the English Speaker of Other Languages parent(s) to develop academic skills through an individualized program that includes standard educational books and materials, as well as provide parents with the resources to be full partners in their children's education. The course provides survival life skills education in reading, writing, oral communication, and listening comprehension to non-native English speakers. Topics to be covered include functional conversational needs, basic grammar, cultural awareness, and age-appropriate activities and materials for young children.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate improved English pronunciation/speaking, listening, reading and writing skills including the content area of parenting;
2. provide improvement in writing and speaking with correct sentence structure;
3. express an opinion and ask questions, including questions related to parenting issues;
4. demonstrate an understanding on how to dialog with children in bilingual households about educational, social, and culture issues;
5. select age appropriate books and activities for young children;
6. discuss parent/child involvement with a trained home instructional specialist; and
7. develop the ability to participate in interactive family activities.

ADS 747 – Accuplacer Prep - Reading and English

This course is designed to enable the student to develop skills in reading, sentence structure and other basic concepts in reading and grammar. Topics to be covered include reading comprehension, sentence structure, and the use of correct grammar.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize logical sentences,
2. recognize properly constructed complete sentences,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the proper use of verbs,
4. demonstrate an understanding of the proper use of punctuation,
5. develop the ability to write a well constructed essay,
6. recognize the main idea of a passage, and
7. demonstrate an understanding of sentence relationships.

ADS 748 – Math Accuplacer Prep

This course is designed to enable the student to develop basic math skills needed to improve his/her Math Accuplacer score. The student will review various word problems and recognize the operation that the problem requires to answer it correctly. The student will review math, algebra, fractions, and percentages to prepare for the college level math courses.

Course Objectives:
1. identify problems that require multiplication and/or division to solve,
2. identify equations and solve for the variable,
3. demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical techniques,
4. identify how to solve problems containing fractions,
5. demonstrate an understanding of polynomials and how to solve for the variables, and
6. discuss the use of mental math.

ADS 749 – English for Health Care Service Workers

Improve job-related communication skills for the Healthcare Service Industry. Enhance oral communication skills to meet immediate job demands and for career advancement. Topics include learning basic grammar, understanding instructions, interpreting schedules, performing simple customer care tasks, learning job-specific terminology and common staff roles and responsibilities and becoming familiar with structure of a medical facility. Intended for non-native English speakers at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to participate in routine conversations with patients, co-workers, and supervisors;
2. use, recall, and recognize vocabulary associated with healthcare service environment;
3. interpret, respond to, and initiate requests in a variety of job situations;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to navigate in the healthcare service facility environment;
5. classify common staff roles and responsibilities;
6. develop the ability to comprehend the importance of accuracy, cleanliness, and safety in the healthcare service workplace; and
7. develop the ability to conceptualize the range of entry level job opportunities.

ADS 750 – English for Hotel and Food Service Workers

Improve job-related communication skills for the Hotel and Food Service Industry. Enhance oral communication skills to meet immediate job demands and for career advancement. Topics include learning basic grammar, understanding instructions, interpreting schedules, performing simple customer care tasks, learning job-specific terminology and common staff roles and responsibilities and becoming familiar with structure of a hotel or food catering facility. Intended for non-native English speakers at an Intermediate level.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to participate in routine conversations with patients, co-workers, and supervisors;
2. use, recall, and recognize vocabulary associated with healthcare service environment;
3. interpret, respond to, and initiate requests in a variety of job situations;
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to navigate in the healthcare service facility environment;
5. classify common staff roles and responsibilities;
6. develop the ability to comprehend the importance of accuracy, cleanliness, and safety in the healthcare service workplace; and
7. develop the ability to conceptualize the range of entry level job opportunities.

ADS 773 – Academic Skills Enhancement

This class offers help with your reading and writing skills. You will work only on those skills areas in which you need help. The class will include small group and one-to-one classroom work. You must be assessed before enrolling in this class.

Course Objectives:
1. Demonstrate improved reading comprehension.
2. Demonstrate improved writing skills and correct grammar, usage and spelling.
3. Increase vocabulary through use of context and decoding skills.
4. Construct simple and complex sentences to express ideas in writing.
5. Write and combine sentences into simple paragraphs, and identify errors in written passages.
6. Use a dictionary, thesaurus, and other basic reference tools.

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