English as a Second Language Certificate

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses:

ESL 131: Reading Academic Texts

Academic reading and vocabulary development for advanced-level ESL students.  Texts include adapted and un-adapted textbook chapters, and magazine and journal articles, both in print and online.  Students should expect to do a great deal of reading and vocabulary work independently, outside of class, and will need to become comfortable using the UWS library database.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS.

  • Students must pass with a C- or better.

  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving both your reading English language skills and your ability to understand and respond to reading assignments in American college classes.

ESL 132: Writing for Academic English

English grammar and composition for academic purposes. Includes advanced grammar, critical reading, research skills, rhetorical approaches to a topic, writing processes, organization of content, re-writing and editing.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS.

  • Students must pass with a C- or better.

  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving both your written English language skills and your ability to understand and respond to writing assignments in American college classes.

ESL 133: Listening to Academic English

Structured practice in listening and note-taking using university lectures and a variety of other academic presentations. Focuses on lecture organization, language cues and academic vocabulary.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS.

  • Students must pass with a C- or better.

  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving your understanding of academic lectures and discussions and your ability to take accurate and useful notes on lectures and presentations.

ESL 134:  Speaking for Academic Purposes

Guided practice in developing elements of clear speech for advanced-level ESL students. Emphasis on pronunciation, discussion skills, and effective individual and group presentations. Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS.

  • Students must pass with a C- or better.

  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving your English language speaking skills for both small group discussions and presentations in American college classes.