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Southern New Hampshire University students can compare their own ideas and traditions with those of other countries. A variety of high-interest topics will enable students to take part in discussions, present short talks, solve problems, and interact with each other.

cultural diversity in the United States. Language and study skills are reinforced by readings, discussions, presentations and written assignments involving current issues and different cultural perspectives.

ESL 141 Introduction to Academic Listening (1/2 credit) This course is designed to develop listening skills of nonnative English speakers by increasing their ability to comprehend spoken American English in a variety of situations. Students will practice listening strategies, note-taking and organizational skills, academic vocabulary building, guessing meaning from context, summarizing main ideas, cooperative speaking activities, and test-taking skills.

ESL 151 Development of Academic Listening (1/2 credit) This course develops discriminative listening skills such as the ability to extract meaning from natural spoken English while paying attention to grammatical relationships; to comprehend lectures and media presentations and to develop note-taking skills; to increase student understanding and use of academic vocabulary and idiomatic expressions; and to discuss issues raised by a variety of topics.

ESL 142 Introduction to Academic Reading (1/2 credit) This course uses topics of interest to English language learners to help improve reading skill. Students are introduced to authentic academic reading in order to develop their vocabulary, their understanding of structure, syntax, and main ideas. Emphasis is placed on excerpting information in order to paraphrase and summarize when writing essays and term papers.

ESL 152 Development of Academic Reading (1/2 credit) This course addresses the difficulties that pre-university ESL students generally experience when reading authentic material. Emphasis is placed on the following skills: skimming and scanning; identifying main ideas and supporting details; differentiating fact from opinion; defining words in context and by word analysis; understanding literal meanings and interpreting connotative meanings; identifying cultural references and figurative language in context; identifying an author’s audience, purpose, bias, viewpoint, and tone; and increasing reading speed with acceptable comprehension.

ESL 143 Understanding English Grammar I (1/2 credit) This course is specifically designed to improve grammar skills of English language learners through the study of and practice with prescriptive grammar rules. The course begins with a review of verb tenses, passive voice, modals, infinitives, and gerunds, and introduces/improves students’ understanding and use of subordination. This course is intended to supplement the writing needs of students in ESL 145, Introduction to Essay Writing. ESL 144 Introduction to Oral Communication (1/2 credit) This course is designed to develop speaking skills of nonnative English speakers by increasing their ability to produce intelligible spoken English in a variety of situations both formal and informal. Activities include role-plays, interviews, class discussions, and presentations. Speaking opportunities will be both spontaneous and planned. ESL 145 Introduction to Essay Writing (1/2 credit) This course is specifically designed to improve the academic writing skills of English language learners. Students initially review writing complex sentences and paragraphs, including the construction of a solid topic sentence and support sentences. Next, the components of a five-paragraph essay, including the thesis statement, appropriate title, and concluding sentences, are introduced. Students also study and implement the principles of unity and coherence in paragraph and essay construction. The course uses the stages of process writing as students practice and perfect the requirements of the classification, comparison/contrast, cause/ effect, and argumentation essay. ESL 146 Comparative Cultures III (1/2 credit) This course is designed to assist international students with the transition from the social/educational systems in their own cultures to the social/educational systems in the United States. Students will practice communication in various settings and for a wide range of purposes while learning about 124

ESL 153 Understanding English Grammar II (1/2 credit) This course is specifically designed to improve the grammar skills of advanced English language learners through the study of, and practice with, rules of grammar, which will be examined according to form and discourse usage. The specific focus of the class is determined by the results of a diagnostic grammar test, which is administered the first class of the semester. However, the class typically perfects the student’s understanding and use of subordination. In addition, it improves the student’s understanding and use of coordinating conjunctions; connectives expressing cause and effect, contrast, and condition; and conditional sentences and wishes. This course is intended to supplement ESL 155: Development of Essay Writing. ESL 154 Development of Oral Communication (1/2 credit) This course focuses on the inclusion of academic and idiomatic vocabulary in team discussions and brief individual presentations to support an argument, as well as formal presentations of projects using technology. Students will learn to demonstrate formal public speaking ability on an academic topic; to organize ideas logically; to support opinions on a controversial abstract or theoretical topic; to use library or Internet sources; to use a variety of communicative strategies to compensate for a lack of fluency or vocabulary; to express principal points, nuances, and inferences; and to use well-modulated volume and intonation patterns. ESL 155 Development of Essay Writing (1/2 credit) This course addresses the difficulties that pre-university ESL students generally experience in academic English writing. Students learn to apply process writing; recognize and employ logical patterns and methods of organization; write

SNHU Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010  
SNHU Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010  

Southern New Hampshire University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog