Courses

The English Language Program consists of six levels of instruction for students from the beginning to advanced levels. The two classes offered are Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing.

Reading & Writing I

This course introduces students to the basic reading skills and strategies necessary to develop reading comprehension and fluency. Supplemental extensive reading or a class novel may be used. Students also learn rudimentary writing skills and become familiar with the writing process in English. Fundamental grammar and syntax of English is explicitly taught through identification and usage in the context of reading and writing. Vocabulary development is focused on language for daily communication and thematic vocabulary from the reading text. Students will form and spell vocabulary words correctly and begin to compose simple sentences. Letter recognition and sound correspondence is an essential component of this course. Students also learn basic numbers and time telling. Through the use of technology and textbooks, students are introduced to different aspects of American culture. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Basic User (A1) CEFR.

Reading & Writing II

This course develops students’ basic skills and strategies in reading to further develop reading comprehension and fluency. Extensive reading or a class novel may be used. Students will broaden their knowledge and implementation of the writing process as they move from the sentence level to paragraph writing. In the context of reading and writing, students will build on identification and usage of fundamental grammar and syntax of English through explicit instruction. Vocabulary development is concentrated on thematic vocabulary from the reading text and supplemental material. Through the use of technology and textbooks, students deepen their awareness of different aspects of American culture. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Basic User (A2) CEFR. 

Reading & Writing III

This course prepares students for independent use of the strategic reading skills necessary to comprehend academic-like reading material. Extensive reading or a class novel establishes the foundation for supplemental literacy. This course also builds students’ essential paragraph writing skills in preparation for essay writing. Vocabulary development is focused on thematic vocabulary from the reading text and supplemental literacy. Form, meaning, and use of grammar are explicitly taught in the context of reading and applied in writing. Through the use of technology and textbooks, students learn about and compare the different aspects of American culture with their own. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Independent User (B1) CEFR.

Reading & Writing IV

This course trains students to become independent users of their reading and writing skills and use strategies from an introduction to academic-like material to academic-level material. Extensive reading or a class novel establishes the foundation for supplemental literacy. Vocabulary development is focused on the thematic units which are incorporated in the reading textbook. This course will further build students’ metacognitive skills necessary for essay writing. Form, meaning, and use of grammar are explicitly taught in the context of reading and writing. Using technology and textbooks, students compare and contrast different aspects of American culture with their own. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Independent User (B2) CEFR.

Reading & Writing V

This course develops students’ proficient use of English with the skills and strategies necessary to meet the demands of reading and comprehending undergraduate-level academic texts. Students will produce multi-draft essays, analyze various genres, and learn how to write with sources. This course integrates the form, meaning, and use of grammar into the context of reading and writing. Students will increase their awareness and use of higher-level grammatical structures including compound and complex sentences, the noun system, and verb tenses through explicit instruction. Students will also perform timed reading and writing exercises. Lastly, the course covers the different aspects and expectations of university and American culture. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Proficient User (C1) CEFR.

 

Reading & Writing VI

This course assists students in becoming proficient users of English skills and use the strategies necessary to meet the demands of reading and writing academic genres typically encountered in undergraduate-level university courses. Students will work with sources, writing a research paper that synthesizes several sources and focuses on the crucial skills of paraphrase and summary. Process analysis, comparison, cause and effect, and argumentative essays will also be covered. In addition, this course will strengthen students’ critical thinking as well as knowledge and usage of explicitly taught higher-level grammatical structures found in academic writing. Test preparation and strategies are integrated into this course. With the use of technology, this course covers the different aspects and expectations of university courses and American culture. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve mastery of Proficient User (C1) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking I

This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to interact with classmates, teachers, and community members using appropriate grammatical and discourse features. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will develop basic listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary in an authentic environment, learn basic note-taking skills, and compose a reflection of the experience. Throughout the course, students will learn how to express themselves in daily life situations and comprehend short spoken passages. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering short presentations on familiar topics. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Basic User (A1) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking II

This course develops students’ basic skills to interact with classmates, teachers, and community members using appropriate grammatical and discourse features. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will further develop basic listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary in an authentic environment, practice basic note-taking skills, and compose a reflection of the experience. Throughout the course, students will learn how to express themselves in daily life situations and comprehend short spoken passages. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering short presentations on familiar topics. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Basic User (A2) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking III

This course prepares students for independent use of listening and speaking skills in academic classes and with community members using appropriate grammatical and discourse features. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will build their listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary in an authentic environment, practice effective note-taking skills, and compose reflections throughout the experience. Throughout the course, students will build speaking skills to express themselves in pair and group discussions on familiar topics and preference. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering individual presentations on familiar topics, preferences, advice, and processes. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Independent User (B1) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking IV

This course trains students to become independent users of English. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will further build their listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary in an authentic environment, practice effective note-taking skills, and compose reflections throughout the experience. Throughout the course, students will further build speaking skills to present and defend their opinion, express agreement/disagreement, and lead a discussion in pairs or a group setting. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering individual and group presentations on assigned and self-selected topics. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Independent User (B2) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking V

This course develops students’ proficient use of English. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will further develop their listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary in an authentic environment, take effective notes, and compose reflections throughout the experience. An emphasis on pronunciation will assist students in delivering well-developed presentations on assigned and self-selected topics. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve Proficient User (C1) CEFR.

Listening and Speaking VI

This course assists students in becoming confident and proficient users of English. Students will participate in a Civic Engagement (CE) project where they will apply their listening and speaking skills and advanced academic vocabulary in an authentic environment, take effective notes, and compose reflections throughout the experience. Students will develop well-organized presentations on assigned and self-selected topics. Various course tasks will include technology to aid in presentations, reinforce concepts studied in class, and improve students’ overall communicative ability. The end goal of this course is for students to achieve mastery of Proficient User (C1) CEFR.