ESL - English as a Second Language
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ESL 131Reading Academic Texts3.00
Provides high-intermediate and advanced-level ESL students with opportunities to become more efficient and flexible readers. The content of the course is broad and of general interest, and consists mainly of unadapted academic material.
ESL 132Writing for Academic Purposes3.00
Focus on English composition beyond the paragraph level with an emphasis on writing for academic purposes. The writing process of thinking, planning, writing, rewriting and editing is practiced along with control of grammar. Students are introduced to the major rhetorical modes of English writing. Also discusses the issues of limiting a topic, determining an approach to a topic, organizing content and assessing the audience.
ESL 133Listening to Academic English2.00
Provides structured practice in the skills and subskills of listening to university lectures and taking notes. Begins with adapted materials and moves on to semi-adapted materials and finishes with student visits to class lectures on campus. Specific practice in subskills like listening to large numbers and developing a personal set of abbreviations for use is also included.
ESL 134Speaking for Academic Purposes2.00
Focus on developing oral skills needed to participate effectively in classroom discussions on an advanced level. Students are introduced to aspects of effective discussion and elements which make or break communication. Emphasizes the process of controlling a conversation, participating in a group discussion, leading a group discussion and debating. In addition to group discussions, students will learn about the process of planning, organizing and delivering an effective presentation.