ESL: English as Second Language

ESL 189: Elementary Grammar

The purpose of ESL 189 is to emphasize the use of particular grammatical points in the context of short writing assignments. Students will be able to structure English sentences using the following grammatical forms accurately: verbs, nouns (singular/plural), subject/verb agreement, and the mechanics of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Correct sentence structure and avoidance of run-on sentences and fragments will also be emphasized. This course is designed to prepare students for ESL 192 Intermediate Composition and/or ESL 193 Advanced Composition.

3 credits

ESL 190: 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 F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 1 on the writing assessment

3 credits

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: High Intermediate Writing Skills

The purpose of the course is to provide students with writing experiences designed to help them express ideas effectively in sentences and paragraphs. It strives to develop students' writing skills through the use of the dictionary, practicing structures of written English, and learning to edit in preparation for advanced editing in ESL 194. To accomplish these goals, students work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on expanding their vocabulary through reading and use of the dictionary, work on strategies that promote independence and editing of their writing and complete many short writing assignments. Grammar proficiency tests are administered throughout the semester. These tests emphasize the use of particular grammatical points in the context of a creative effort on the part of the student. A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of ESL writing instructors. The committee decides if the student possesses the skills necessary to succeed in ESL 194. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 1.5 on the writing assessment

3 credits

ESL 194: 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 F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 2 on the writing assessment or successful completion of ESL 192

3 credits

ESL 195: 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