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English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

ESL Course Descriptions

ESL Level 1

ESL 015 - Beginning English I
This course focuses on fundamental grammar, common vocabulary, introduction to reading skills in English, and conversation practice.

ESL 015 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Students will be introduced to target grammatical structures including the present and past of the verb ‘be’, imperatives, simple present tense with the use of adverbs of frequency, present progressive verbs, descriptive adjectives, pronouns and possessives, and modals of ability and permission in realistic contexts.
  • Writing Practice - Students will improve their use of capital letters, past tense time markers, time word connectors, the connectors ‘and’ and ‘but’, and correct usage of punctuation (commas, periods, and question marks) in simple and compound sentences.
  • Survival Skills -Students will learn practical life-skills information concerning the English alphabet and numbers, the calendar, body, health, and clothing to be able to function in everyday, real-life situations related to their immediate needs.
  • Vocabulary - Students will learn how to develop their vocabulary skills by using the suffix –er and learning basic synonyms and antonyms that relate to work, school and the community.
  • Reading -Students will work on developing reading fluency skills by identifying the topic and main idea of paragraphs, scanning for specific information, and summarizing authentic reading passages.
  • Speaking - Students will participate in real-life communicative activities, discussions, and role-plays which focus on demonstrating the ability to follow oral directions, respond accurately to oral cues and open-ended questions, and explaining different cultural celebrations. Students will engage in discussions pertaining to future career paths, job hunting techniques and interview skills, particularly answering questions for a job interview.

ESL Level 2

ESL 025 - Beginning English II
This course continues and reinforces content and skills from ESL 015. Students will focus on four skills in various segments- fundamental grammar, common vocabulary, reading comprehension and conversation practice.

ESL 025 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Students will be introduced to target grammatical structures including the simple past of regular and irregular verbs, gerunds and infinitives, simple present versus present progressive, the future ‘be going to’ versus ‘will’ for future tenses, quantifiers, count and non-count nouns and article usage, comparative and superlative adjectives, and modals for advice, requests, offers, and necessity.
  • Writing Practice - Students will use time sequence markers and time clauses for better writing organization. Students will practice expressing and supporting their opinions in various written paragraphs, as well as write a business letter.
  • Survival Skills - Students will learn practical life-skills information concerning parts of the day, telling time, identifying family members, recognizing items in a classroom and people in school settings, recognizing and using U.S. currency, recognizing different methods of transportation, including traffic signs and signals, using directional terms to follow directions, identifying rooms of a house, and discussing different occupations to be able to function in everyday situations.
  • Reading - Students will work on developing reading fluency skills by identifying the topic and main idea of paragraphs, interpreting titles of readings, scanning for specific information, demonstrating understanding of explicit and implicit information in readings, and summarizing and retelling events, stories, and articles.
  • Vocabulary - Students will practice guessing word meanings from context, use guidewords to look up words in a dictionary, and build vocabulary using word families, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms.
  • Speaking - Students will participate in real-life communicative activities, discussions, and role-plays which focus on demonstrating the ability to follow oral directions, respond accurately to oral cues and open-ended questions, and explaining different cultural celebrations. Students will engage in discussions pertaining to future career paths, job hunting techniques and interview skills, particularly answering questions for a job interview.

ESL Level 3

ESL 035 - Intermediate English I
This course is designed to develop students’ grammar, as well as introduce students to paragraph writing. Additionally, students will be introduced to giving speeches and presentations, as well as advancing reading comprehension and vocabulary.

ESL 035 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Students will further develop their understanding of when to use the present progressive versus the simple present verb tenses, the future tenses of ‘will’ and ‘be’ going to in time clauses, as well as strengthen their use of simple past regular and irregular verbs. Students will also be introduced to using the past progressive tense, used to, and would with past habits and situations, and conjugate, use, and distinguish the difference between using the present perfect, present perfect progressive, and simple past tenses with adverbial time words. Students will also demonstrate the understanding of the use of modals of ability, permission, requests, and advice in realistic, communicative contexts.
  • Writing Practice - Students will write comprehensively, demonstrating an organized presentation of ideas using simple and compound sentences with proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and structure. Emphasis will be on writing paragraphs that employ the four basic writing steps, and consist of time-order, narrative, and descriptive paragraphs with the use of brainstorming and clustering to organize pre-writing ideas.
  • Vocabulary - Students will learn to guess word meanings from context, use common prefixes and suffixes, expand vocabulary using word families, and define terms using guidewords, compound words, and superscripts in a dictionary.
  • Reading - Students will develop critical thinking skills to compare and contrast everyday problems, hopes, progress, and fears from readings and their own lives. They will make inferences, determine cause and effect, find clues to meaning, recognize patterns of organization, and match main ideas and supporting details of authentic reading passages.
  • Speaking - Students will participate in communicative activities, discussions, role-plays, and an in-class presentation on real-life situations and their respective cultural importance. Students will focus on demonstrating the ability to use selected high-frequency words and idioms to improve oral language by expressing ideas and feelings.

ESL Level 4

ESL 045 - Intermediate English II
This course builds on the foundation of the previous three levels. It is designed to help students refine their grammar and build effective communication skills. Students will also continue reading more complex texts as well as building speaking and oral presentation skills. Students will move beyond writing at the paragraph level into longer compositions.

ESL 045 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Students will differentiate between proper and common noun, use count and non-count nouns with correct quantifiers, recognize and use indefinite and definite articles, use adjectives and adverbs in correct word order, and use comparative and superlative adjective forms. Students will also construct sentences using gerunds and infinitives, use reflexive and reciprocal pronouns, demonstrate the use of possessives, pronouns, and transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs. Students will also express themselves using modals of necessity, expectations, future possibilities, and conclusions in oral and written exercises.
  • Writing Practice - Students will write comprehensively, demonstrating organization and development of a minimum of a three-paragraph essay, using clear topic sentences, specific, descriptive details to support main ideas, and a strong conclusion with an emphasis on paragraph unity. Students will engage in significant practice of combining sentences with conjunctions to form compound and complex sentences, recognizing run-on sentences and sentence fragments, using listing-order transition signals, and expressing a written opinion effectively using proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.
  • Vocabulary - Students will expand vocabulary using word families, antonyms and adjectives, understand and use reference words, and exhibit the ability to correctly use phrasal verbs with multiple meanings.
  • Reading - Students will read more advanced written English and develop the ability to infer, judge, or speculate the answer to specific questions. Students will continue to strengthen comprehension and critical thinking skills in order to distinguish between quoting and paraphrasing and facts versus opinions, complete a main idea statement, understand reference words, determine cause and effect, and understand the writer’s point of view and purpose of a reading.
  • Speaking - Students will strengthen oral skills by participating in a variety of discussions and role-plays on topics such as advertisements, business, lifestyle choices, cultural differences of being on time, the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom, a tradition that has changed in the students’ native countries, and naming different kinds of pollutions, the problems they cause, and possible solutions. Students will prepare, develop, and perform speeches and presentations on authentic topics, with a final presentation being given in front of the entire ESL department. The emphasis will be on appropriate fluency, authentic language use, comprehensibility, and improved confidence when speaking in front of a group.

ESL Level 5

ESL 055 - High Intermediate English III
This course is designed to further the English language skills of non-native speakers for the purpose of academic study. Grammar instruction will emphasize usage, function, and accuracy in addition to structure. Students will write five-paragraph essays, as well as learn about the process and conventions of composition in English. Students will build speaking fluency, communicability, and oral presentation skills. Reading comprehension work will focus on analysis and vocabulary necessary for academic study. Throughout the course, students will learn academic skills, study skills, communication, and critical thinking expected for college-level courses.

ESL 055 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Grammar will focus on usage and function as well as accuracy. Students will use embedded and tag questions, use sentences and\questions with past perfect, past perfect progressive, future perfect, and future perfect progressive tenses, write sentences that incorporate adjective clauses and phrases, further develop and demonstrate use of phrasal verbs, and correctly use transition words, connectors, and precise language in in oral and written grammatical exercises.
  • Writing Practice - Students will write comprehensively, demonstrating organization and development of multi-paragraph essays emphasizing Introductions with a clear thesis and outlining/brainstorming. Students will be expected to compile a writing portfolio which will include reflective literary journals, as well as narrative, descriptive, expository, compare/contrast, and persuasive formal essays. Focus is on a five-paragraph essay that demonstrate competency in communicating critical thinking and analytical thought effectively using proper grammar, advanced punctuation, and academic language. Students will engage in significant practice of combining sentences with conjunctions to form compound and complex sentences, critiquing run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and dependent and independent clauses, as well as using listing-order transition signals to express ideas in an organized manner.
  • Vocabulary - Students will expand vocabulary using word families, antonyms and adjectives, understand and use reference words, and exhibit the ability to correctly use phrasal verbs with multiple meanings.
  • Reading - Students will read more advanced written English and develop the ability to infer, judge, or speculate the answer to specific questions. Students will continue to strengthen comprehension and critical thinking skills in order to distinguish between quoting and paraphrasing and facts versus opinions, complete a main idea statement, understand reference words, determine cause and effect, and understand the writer’s point of view and purpose of a reading.
  • Speaking - Students will strengthen oral skills by participating in a variety of discussions and role-plays on topics such as advertisements, business, lifestyle choices, cultural differences of being on time, the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom, a tradition that has changed in the students’ native countries, and naming different kinds of pollutions, the problems they cause, and possible solutions. Students will prepare, develop, and perform speeches and presentations on authentic topics, with a final presentation being given in front of the entire ESL department. The emphasis will be on appropriate fluency, authentic language use, comprehensibility, and improved confidence when speaking in front of a group

ESL Level 6

ESL 065 - Advanced English III
This course is designed for the purpose of developing academic skills for college-level assignments of non-native English students. Students will utilize cognitive and analytical strategies in further development in their reading and writing skills. Emphasis on the mastery of study and note-taking skills is incorporated into instruction and assignments. Students will become familiar with college instructional and support services, with emphasis on library instruction/embedded librarian services. Students will make formal presentations on academic topics. Students will also critically analyze and discuss themes and issues, as well as express opinions and advocate for self in academic and general situations.

ESL 065 Learning Outcomes:

  • Grammar in Context - Grammar will focus on advanced usage, function, and accuracy in integrative instruction and practice of forms. Emphasis will be on usage of more complex sentence forms and clauses, adverbial clauses, restrictive/non-restrictive clauses and phrases, if-conditional clauses in real and unreal situations in present and past, using active and passive voice in reported speech, using direct and indirect questions, and accurately using noun clauses with/without direct quotes in written form. Students will continue to practice subject verb agreement, parallelism, and using conjunctions and subordinators in written works.
  • Writing Practice - Students will concentrate on refining and enhancing their written ideas with an emphasis on fluency, conciseness, audience, and rhetorical expression. The goal of this course is the improvement of written work through multiple revisions with awareness on syntax, word usage to convey thoughts effectively, consistency of language and accurate mechanics. Students will utilize these skills into summarizing, avoiding plagiarism, and mastering the use of direct and indirect quotations in an MLA academic research paper.
  • Vocabulary - Students will expand vocabulary using morphemes, understanding idiomatic expressions, and academic language in context. Students will be exposed to reference words and be expected to correctly use them in their writings.
  • Reading - Students will read more advanced written English and develop the ability to infer, judge, or speculate the answer to specific questions. Students will continue to strengthen comprehension and critical thinking skills in order to distinguish between quoting and paraphrasing and facts versus opinions, complete a main idea statement, understand reference words, determine cause and effect, and understand the writer’s point of view and purpose of a reading.
  • Speaking - Students will improve their oral communication skills through expressing opinions and analyzing themes and issues with more advanced fluency and accuracy in unrehearsed speech. Students will prepare, develop, and perform speeches and academic presentations that synthesize research materials with personal arguments using fully comprehensible pronunciation and appropriate intonation.