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ESL 100 - Listening for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic listening performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to lecture styles, note-taking, interpersonal communication skills, research projects and presentations. This course is designed to raise students’ listening skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify and comprehend organizational patterns in advanced academic lectures in English, from understanding spoken English to taking proficient notes and predicting test contents
  2. summarize lectures
  3. paraphrase lecture key points and other speakers’ extemporaneous comments
  4. critically evaluate speakers’ perspectives, techniques, and arguments in lectures, panel discussions, debates and exam settings
  5. incorporate information from academic lectures, research data, and overall studies and apply it to group discussions and presentations

ESL 110 - Speaking for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic speaking performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to effective academic presentations, interpersonal communication skills, pronunciation and accent. This course is designed to raise students’ speaking skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. present academic material with a high degree of formal accuracy, academic style and appropriateness for cross-disciplinary settings and audiences
  2. lead academic discussions using academic English speech routines and pragmatics
  3. using interpersonal communication in English as demonstrated by group activities and assignments like role-plays and discussions
  4. synthesize information from academic lectures, research data and other sources into academic presentations.

ESL 120 - Reading for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic reading performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to cross-disciplinary academic reading, reading rates and speeds, effective research methods, documentation and essay exams skills. This course is designed to raise students’ reading skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. comprehend academic vocabulary, academic texts, and various forms of assessment from exams, exercises, and reports
  2. synthesize, quote, summarize and paraphrase academic texts using correct documentation style sheets
  3. organize, develop, revise, and edit during essay exams
  4. practice and demonstrate effective group interaction skills as they apply to written and oral communication in academic settings.

ESL 130 - Writing for Academic Purposes

This course cultivates skills to improve academic writing performance for non-native speakers of English enrolled in American university classes. Special attention is given to cross-disciplinary research, collaboration, the writing process, content organization and development, editing and proofreading. This course is designed to raise students’ writing skills so they can participate in academic settings with competencies similar to their native-speaker peers.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. produce academic texts using the writing process and write substantial in-class texts during essay exams and drafting sessions
  2. apply UK specific resources like the writing center, Blackboard and other aids
  3. revise proficiently improving style, proofreading and editing
  4. write reviews, reports, proposals, persuasive essays and essay exams with similar competencies to native speaker peers.

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