Courses

The English Language Program consists of six levels of instruction for students from the beginning to advanced levels.

Courses are arranged in the following way:

  • Listening & Speaking is where students practice presentations, discussions, and work on building listening comprehension skills
  • Reading & Writing consists of reading and writing skills and strategies as well as vocabulary development and grammatical usage 

Reading & Writing I

The purpose of this course is to begin using fundamental reading skills and strategies necessary to improve students’ reading comprehension and reading fluency. Vocabulary development is focused on language that is necessary for daily communication as well as thematic vocabulary in the reading text. Students are also introduced to different aspects of American culture. In addition, they will learn writing readiness skills and conventions. Students will become familiar with the writing system of English, write basic vocabulary words correctly, and begin to compose simple sentences. Letter recognition and sound correspondence is an essential component of this course. The students will also be introduced to the fundamental grammatical concepts and syntax of English through identification and usage in the context of reading and writing.

 

Reading & Writing II

The purpose of this course is to develop students’ use of beginning reading skills and strategies necessary to improve their reading comprehension and develop reading fluency. Vocabulary development is focused on the General Service List as well as thematic vocabulary in the reading text. Students also learn more about the different aspects of American culture. In addition, the students will develop their fundamental writing skills where they will begin to construct simple sentences using basic vocabulary and then progress to constructing meaningful sentences in preparation for paragraph writing. The students will also learn to identify and use fundamental grammatical concepts and syntax of English.

 

Reading & Writing III

The purpose of this course is to help students improve their strategic reading skills and build the academic vocabulary necessary to comprehend academic-like reading material. Vocabulary development is focused on the General Service and Academic Word Lists as well as vocabulary in the reading textbook. Students also learn about and compare the different aspects of American culture with their own. This course will build on students’ fundamental paragraph writing skills in preparation for writing essays of various genres. Students will continue to construct accurate simple sentences using higher-level vocabulary and then progress to constructing well-developed compound and complex sentences. In addition, the form, meaning, and use of grammar are integrated into the context of reading and writing.

Reading & Writing IV

The purpose of this course is to help students further develop their reading skills and strategies as well as increase their level of academic vocabulary. Vocabulary development is focused on the Academic Word List and vocabulary from the reading textbook. Students also learn about and compare and contrast the different aspects of American culture with their own. This course will further build students’ paragraph writing skills for writing essays of various genres. Students will construct accurate simple, compound, and complex sentences using academic-level vocabulary. This course will expand students’ knowledge and usage of the intermediate level grammatical concepts and syntax of English. The form, meaning, and use of grammar are integrated into the context of reading and writing.

 

Reading & Writing V

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and strategies necessary to meet the demands of reading and comprehending undergraduate-level academic texts. Students will produce multi-draft essays of 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 awareness and use of higher-level grammatical structures including compound and complex sentences, the noun system, and verb tenses. Students will also perform timed reading and writing exercises. Lastly, the course covers the different aspects and expectations of university and American culture.

 

Reading & Writing VI

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and strategies necessary to meet the demands of reading and writing academic genres typically encountered in undergraduate university courses. Students will work extensively with sources, writing papers that synthesize several sources and focus on the crucial skills of paraphrase and summary. Data commentary, annotated bibliography, process, cause and effect, argumentative and email writing will also be covered. In addition, this course will strengthen students’ critical thinking as well as knowledge and usage of higher-level grammatical structures found in academic writing. Finally, the course covers the different aspects and expectations of university courses and American culture.

Listening and Speaking I

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to interact with classmates and teachers. Students will develop foundational listening and speaking skills necessary for further study in English including the ability 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. This level will focus on thematic and conversational English. In addition, technology will be integrated to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve students’ overall communication ability.

 

Listening and Speaking II

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to interact with native speakers of English, including classmates & teachers. Students will further develop foundational listening and speaking skills necessary for continued study in English including the ability to express themselves in daily life situations and comprehend short spoken passages. An emphasis on fluency and pronunciation will assist students in delivering short presentations on familiar topics. This level will focus on thematic, conversational, and academic English. In addition, students will use integrated technology to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve their overall communication ability.

 

Listening and Speaking III

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to become active listeners and effective speakers in academic classes. This includes developing listening skills to comprehend short spoken passages, predict content, identify the main ideas & details, and learn effective note-taking skills to be successful in an academic lecture course. This course also develops speaking skills so students can participate in pair and group discussions, discuss familiar topics and preferences, and deliver short individual presentations and group presentations while learning syllable stress, intonation, and pronunciation of various phonemes. Students will engage in activities designed to improve both fluency and accuracy. In addition, integrated technology will be used to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve students’ overall communication ability.

Listening and Speaking IV

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active listeners and effective speakers in academic classes. This includes developing listening skills to comprehend longer spoken passages, make inferences, organize and synthesize information, and learn effective note-taking skills to be successful in an academic lecture course. This course also develops speaking skills to incorporate the suprasegmental features of pronunciation such as word stress, intonation, rhythm, and linking to present and defend opinions, express agreement and disagreement, lead a group discussion, and deliver short individual presentations and group presentations. Students will participate in various activities to improve fluency and accuracy. In addition, students will use integrated technology to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve their overall communication ability.

 

Listening and Speaking V

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active participants in undergraduate-level academic classes. This includes developing academic lecture listening skills, note-taking skills, and speaking skills (with an emphasis on fluency and pronunciation), as well as deliver multi-dimensional presentations. In addition, students work on improving their overall communicative competence. Students use technology and a variety of online resources in both teacher-led and self-paced activities to enhance students’ listening, note-taking, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar skills.

 

Listening and Speaking VI

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active participants in academic classes. This includes developing academic lecture listening skills, note-taking skills, and speaking skills to improve fluency as well as accuracy. Students will deliver several extended presentations with well-organized source material. In addition, students use integrated technology, online resources, and both teacher-led and self-paced activities to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve their overall communication ability.