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2010 - 2011 English as a Second Language Courses

For Teaching English as a Second Language courses, please see "TESL".

ESL 120 Academic Reading and Writing (Level 2) (3)
This course will introduce strategies for reading and producing American academic writing. Special attention will be paid to vocabulary development, grammar, and paragraph structure. Instructor permission required. This course is intended for students with a paper TOEFL score of 450–474 or its equivalent.
 
ESL 121 Academic Speaking and Listening (Level 2) (3)
An introduction to comprehending spoken academic English and both pronouncing and using new vocabulary in conversation. Instructor permission required. This course is intended for students with a paper TOEFL score of 475–499 or its equivalent.
 
ESL 130 Academic Reading and Writing (Level 3) (3)
The emphasis in this course will be on basic reading strategies that aid comprehension (e.g., scanning, skimming, identifying main information, etc.) and basic expository writing strategies through which students develop competence in paragraph and essay structure. Additional emphases will be placed on vocabulary development and grammar and stylistics. Instructor permission required. This course is intended for students with a paper TOEFL score of 475–499 or its equivalent.
 
ESL 131 Academic Speaking and Listening (Level 3) (3)
Students will learn to recognize new academic vocabulary in listening to academic lectures and presentations and will practice pronouncing and using the new words in small group discussions and activities. ESL students will also receive basic instruction on effective strategies for academic listening and speaking. Instructor permission required. This course is intended for students with a paper TOEFL score of 475–499 or its equivalent.
 
ESL 135 Academic Skills (3)
The course is designed to help ESL students improve their language skills in the following areas: speaking, listening and note taking, reading, grammar and editing, and vocabulary building. An additional focus will be placed on expanding students’ language-learning strategies. A variety of media will be used to expose students to academic content.
 
ESL 140 Academic Reading and Writing (Level 4) (3)
This course is designed to help advanced ESL students to effectively orient themselves when reading complex academic texts, develop skills in organizing information from such readings, and write papers that build on the knowledge they acquired in their reading process. Additional emphases will be placed on vocabulary development and grammar and stylistics.
 
ESL 141 Academic Speaking and Listening (Level 4) (3)
ESL students receive extensive practice in listening and speaking in academic and professional settings. The course is specifically designed to help students improve their ability to understand language features and organization of academic lectures and note-taking strategies. Additionally, this course will guide students in improving their pronunciation, academic discussion and presentation skills.
 
ESL 145 English in the Disciplines (3)
This course is based on specific content such as business, science, or culture. The focus of the course is three-fold: it integrates academic content with academic language skills and learning strategies essential to college success. The course also exposes ESL students to vocabulary and genres specific to the different disciplines; therefore, it prepares students to succeed in the relevant mainstream courses.