ESL: English as Second Language

ESL 191: Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills

Students improve skills necessary for speaking and understanding English with special emphasis on developing communication capabilities. Class work includes pronunciation modification, presentation skills and cultural awareness in the classroom. Language and listening laboratories required. A diagnostic test during the first week of classes determines placement in the course.

3 credits

ESL 192: Intermediate Composition

A course for students who have attained a degree of fluency in speaking English but need additional training in reading and writing skills. Beginning with basic sentence patterns and working toward paragraph development and eventually essays, each student has the opportunity to practice many different varieties of writing. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score determines placement in the course. A through C/Unsatisfactory grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 1 on the writing assessment or a grade of "U" in ESL 192

3 credits, ABC/U grading

ESL 193: Advanced Composition

Advanced training in writing for ESL students who need to concentrate on paragraph and essay development. The course deals with the development of a variety of essay genres, including the personal narrative, summary/response amd argumentation/persuasion. Key grammar points are reviewed and are expected to be mastered. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score or successful completion of ESL 192 determines placement in the course. A through C/Unsatisfactory grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 2 on the writing assessment, successful completion of ESL 192, or a grade of "U" in ESL 193

3 credits, ABC/U grading

ESL 194: Academic English Skills for U.S. Residents

The study of spoken and written English for students who are graduates of American high schools but are non-native speakers of English. The focus of the course is on helping students to speak, write, and understand English in academic contexts. Particular attention is paid to understanding lectures, increasing vocabulary, and improving knowledge of English sentence structure. Open to first semester English Enrichment Program students only. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used. Only for students in the English Enrichment Program.

3 credits

ESL 198: Advanced Oral/Aural Skills and Accent Improvement

An advanced course in speaking and listening skills for non-native speakers of English. Work is done with individual problem sounds, stress, and intonation in order to help students modify their accents and make their speech more intelligible. Techniques of speaking before a group are taught to enable non-native speakers to feel more confident in participating in their other classes. Advanced work in American idioms and grammar is usually included. Language laboratory work may be required by individual instructors. Especially useful for undergraduate and graduate students who need to make seminar presentations and for graduate students with teaching assistantships.

3 credits