Course Descriptions a thesis statement; differentiate fact from opinion; express a viewpoint on a controversial issue, with the purpose of persuading the reader to agree, by supporting that viewpoint with facts based on cited references; take notes in English from extensive readings and lectures using formal and informal outline forms; and acquire integrated research and writing skills for academic purposes. Students also receive instruction in library and online research techniques as well as basic study skills.
ESL 165 Essay Writing for Academic Purposes (1/2 credit) This course focuses on the continued development of academic writing skills for international students. It guides the student to plan, organize, and write subjective and objective, coherent and cohesive paragraphs and essays. The course shows students how to take notes from a lecture and researched material; and to outline, paraphrase, summarize, and cite material while avoiding plagiarism.
ESL 156 Comparative Culture Studies (1/2 credit) This course will help students to become more knowledgeable about American culture and how it differs from the cultures represented in the class. Students expand and enrich their cross-cultural communication skills by discussing various aspects of cultural experiences in small groups. They learn to observe, describe, interpret, discuss, and then evaluate this information. In addition, students research, read, and evaluate materials from a variety of sources. They learn how to organize their materials, deliver oral presentations, and work on individual and team projects using technology.
ESL 166 Comparative Cultures V (1/2 credit) This course increases the student’s knowledge of American culture and the other cultures represented in the class. A number of issues and functions where expectations may differ are discussed. All four language skills will be called upon in this course.
ESL 161 Advanced Academic Listening (1/2 credit) This course continues to develop the academic listening skills needed for undergraduate and graduate coursework. The course uses commentaries from National Public Radio and other authentic sources to train students to identify main ideas, supporting information and more discreet details. The course also uses simulated lectures to develop extended listening skills and note-taking abilities. ESL 162 Advanced Academic Reading (1/2 credit) This course prepares advanced English language learners for the rigors of university reading. Students are introduced to authentic readings selected from a variety of current periodicals, journals, books and short stories to develop their ability to locate main ideas and supporting details, to recognize the author’s purpose and meaning, and to separate fact from opinion. The course shows how to recognize content clues to better understand vocabulary, to interpret inferences, and to increase reading speed without sacriﬁcing comprehension. ESL 163 Understanding English Grammar III (1/2 credit) This course is the ﬁnal course in the series of advanced grammar courses. The intent is to prepare the students for the grammatical forms and discourse usage they will encounter in oral and written university coursework. The focus includes, but is not limited to, active and passive verbs, phrasal verbs, coordination and subordination, participial adjectives, adverb/adjective/noun clauses, and reduction of adverb and adjective clauses. ESL 164 Advanced Oral Communication (1/2 credit) This course focuses on increasing and improving the academic vocabulary, pronunciation, and communication skills necessary to succeed in university coursework. Students are required to discuss academic topics presented in class or from out of class assignments, to ask and answer questions, participate in individual, team and group projects, deliver individual presentations, and complete guided speaking exercises.
ESL 241 Introduction to Academic Listening II (1/2 credit) This course is designed to further establish the ability of English language students to successfully comprehend what they hear in American university classrooms and on campus, as well as in situations of everyday life. Students will engage in a variety of listening venues. Opportunities include lectures by university professors on many topics, authentic conversations relevant to academic and campus life, and authentic radio broadcasts about issues pertinent to American business interests and personal life. Students practice academic skills, like note-taking and guessing meaning from context, and receive training in decoding informal discourse patterns like reduced forms of words and interjections. Vocabulary and complexity of speech patterns increases as the course progresses. ESL 242 Introduction to Academic Reading II (1/2 credit) The emphasis of this course is to help the development of reading ﬂuency and rate ﬂexibility and apply critical thinking skills while reading academic selections and passages. Using a strategy-based approach, the course will review prereading and reading techniques such as previewing, skimming, scanning, and attention to main ideas and details. A continuation of learning to paraphrase and summarize is also a focus. ESL 243 Further Understanding English Grammar (1/2 credit) This course helps students further develop their written and spoken English grammar skills by studying the rules of grammar according to form and discourse usage. The course reviews the use of subordination in noun, adjective, and adverb clauses and includes students’ life experiences as context for grammar-based communicative approach to learning. Students will engage in free response exercises to aid in the understanding of form, meaning, and usage of the target structures. ESL 244 Introduction to Oral Communication II (1/2 credit) This course builds the capacity of English language students to participate in the discourse in American university classrooms and campuses and in everyday life in the U.S. 125
Published on Oct 19, 2009