University Bulletin 2019-20

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English as a Second Language

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  • ESL 004
    Intermediate ESL Structure
    3 cr

    An intermediate-level study of syntax and grammar.

  • ESL 005
    Intermediate ESL Read-Vocabul
    3 cr

    Emphasis on developing reading speed, comprehension and vocabulary by reading a variety of intermediate-level texts.

  • ESL 006
    Intermediate ESL Composition
    3 cr

    Concentration on sentence structure and development of the paragraph.

  • ESL 008
    Intermediate ESL Oral Skills
    3 cr

    Concentration on listening, comprehension, and speaking fluency.

  • ESL 014
    Advanced ESL Structure
    3 cr

    An in-depth study of syntax and grammar.

  • ESL 015
    Advanced ESL Read-Vocabulary
    3 cr

    Emphasis on developing speed and comprehension in reading a variety of texts.

  • ESL 016
    Advanced ESL Composition
    3 cr

    Designed to give a foundation in composition and to serve as a preparatory course for English 101. It consists of three areas of concentration: sentence structure, paragraph organization, and essay organization and development.

  • ESL 017
    English for Academic Study
    3 cr

    Emphases are on oral presentations with Power Point, lecture comprehension, note-taking, and library research skills.

  • ESL 018
    Advanced ESL Oral Skills
    3 cr

    Emphasis is placed on communication, both oral and aural, in a variety of situations. Designed to enhance fluency in listening and speaking.

  • ESL 020
    TOEFL Preparation
    3 cr

    A preparatory class for the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language. Students practice with exercises and tests for the four sections of the TOEFL: Listening, Listening and Structure, Reading, and Writing.

  • ESL 021
    ESL American Short Story
    3 cr

    Students are familiarized with great American authors and their works of fiction in written and dramatized forms. Listening skills are developed through video presentations, writing skills through book reports, reading skills through analysis of texts, and oral skills through oral reports.

  • ESL 022
    ESL U S Culture
    3 cr

    Students concentrate on the difficulties inherent in cross- cultural encounters, adjustment strategies, and information about cultural adjustment.

  • ESL 023
    ESL Current Events
    3 cr

    The course is designed to stimulate students' language development through discussion, debate and readings on topics of current international interest.

  • ESL 024
    ESL Basic Word Skills
    3 cr

    Emphasis is on word building through a study of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Academic and reading vocabulary is acquired. Dictionary skills are also emphasized.

  • ESL 025
    English on the Internet
    3 cr

    Students improve a number of English skills by exploring the numerous ESL web sites for TOEFL preparation, pronunciation grammar, vocabulary acquisition, slang, humor and many other areas. Writing is practiced via email, and students create their own class web page.

  • ESL 026
    The English Verb
    3 cr

    An intensive review of the English verb system, including tense, voice and aspect. Ample examples, plus written and oral exercises and activities, are designed to make students more secure in their usage.

  • ESL 027
    Practical Vocabulary-Idioms
    3 cr

    Students rapidly extend their vocabulary through intensive study of high-frequency words arranged thematically, such as by profession or in everyday situations. Groups of special expressions linked to certain verbs, slang expressions, and idioms are also taught.

  • ESL 028
    Beginning English
    3 cr

    An introduction to the language for people who know little or no English. The goal is to achieve a basic proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing English.

  • ESL 029
    Business English
    3 cr

    The focus is primarily on acquisition of English business vocabulary through an examination of American business procedures and practices. Students also practice composing resumes, memos, reports, business letters and other business writing.

  • ESL 030
    GRE Prep for Internationals
    3 cr

    A preparatory class for the verbal and analytical writing sections of the GRE for non-native speakers of English seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school. The course includes vocabulary building, analytical reading skills, practice with exercises and tests, as well as online work in the ESL computer lab. The quantitative section of the GRE is not covered in this course.