2012 - 2013 English as a Second Language Courses

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

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.
 
ESL 153 Advanced ESL Grammar & Vocabulary (3)
Advanced ESL grammar and vocabulary course with emphasis on editing, written grammar, and academic vocabulary. Students develop an understanding of the meaning, use, and form of up to 570 on the Academic Word List. This includes the grammatical features of these words and common lexical chunks such as collocations. Alongside vocabulary learning, students learn how to use a variety of grammatical structures effectively. Emphasis is on editing and written grammar.
 
ESL 155 Writing in the Disciplines (3)

Advanced ESL writing course with an emphasis on authentic college writing assignments. Course includes preparing for college writing in various disciplines with an emphasis on the students' chosen fields of study. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of their degree program, including major courses, teacher expectations, classroom styles, and writing styles.

 
See the Interdisciplinary course descriptions for a description of INTR 166, Communicating Across Cultures.
 
ESL 168 American Culture and Society (3)
Advanced multi-skill ESL course with a focus on American culture, including American cultural values and beliefs. Course includes a survey of American history and current events which may be relevant across academic courses in college. Students develop English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through authentic materials, including podcasts, newspapers, films, and novels.