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  • The primary goal of the ESL Program is to enable students to function effectively in English and to succeed academically at our University.   Throughout the ESL Program, instruction in speaking, pronunciation, accent reduction and computer technology plays an important role; however, because academic success depends so heavily on the ability to write effectively, the primary emphasis of ESL coursework is on academic writing.   

    The Program consists of many levels of coursework, which include ESL equivalents of the All-University Requirements, English Composition I and II. By the conclusion of the final level, students are expected to be able to demonstrate competencies in the following areas: 

    • Student understands the principles of expository writing and can demonstrate the ability to write in that form. 
    • Student can write a meaningful comment on a piece of literary work.
    • Student understands and can demonstrate the mechanics of academic writing, and the techniques of documentation according to MLA or APA conventions.
    • Student can understand the direction, orientation and general meaning of a piece of academic writing.
    • Student can function adequately in an English-speaking classroom and general environment.
    • Student can demonstrate an understanding of the various functions of the computer that are related to college-level writing and research. 

    Course Descriptions  

    ESL      097       Elementary ESL (6 non-degree credits) 

    Elementary ESL is for those students who already have some oral and written skills in English.   The focus is on the acquisition of basic grammar, conversation, pronunciation, academic writing, and increased reading ability in English.   This course does not carry degree credit.

    ESL      098      Intermediate Expository Writing I ESL (6) 

    The primary focus of this course is on the basic concept and techniques of expository writing.   Secondary focus is listening comprehension and oral skills.   Expository and literary readings are assigned.   An ongoing review is made of grammar relevant to course activities.

    ESL     101       English Composition I: ESL (AUR, 6) 

    A six credit-hour course designed to develop the reading, writing and critical thinking skills for university coursework.   Students develop academic writing in a variety of rhetorical styles.   Readings include: fiction, poetry, expository writing, editorials, newspaper articles, scientific texts, and reference material.   Grammatical accuracy is emphasized.   Preparation for research is included.

    ESL     115      English Composition I for Bilingual Students (AUR, 6) 

    This course parallels the current English Composition I offered by the ESL Program, which fulfills the first semester of AUR in English.  The course promotes academic literacy for Generation 1.5 students, with authentic reading and writing tasks linked to academic coursework. 

    ESL     102       English Composition II: ESL (AUR, 6) 

    Advanced students are introduced to the various genres of literature and expository writing.   They develop communication skills for academic purpose and the skills necessary for writing in a variety of rhetorical modes including definition and example, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and persuasive essays.   The second half of the course is devoted to the development and organization of the research paper.

     Prerequisites:   EC I ESL or EC 1 115

    ESL     102      English Composition II for Bilingual Students (AUR, 6) 

    This course parallels the current English Composition II offered by the ESL Program, which completes the second semester of the AUR in English.  The writing and research components of this course will take into account the cultural and linguistic challenges unique to the Generation 1.5 population.

    Prerequisites:   EC I ESL or EC 1 115 

    ESL      100      Intermediate Expository Writing II: ESL (6) 

    This course is designed to teach non-native speakers of English how to move beyond the basics of composition writing to more advanced academic writing.   Students will learn essential features of academic writing, such as how to structure paragraphs for greater cohesion, how to write theses for variety of rhetorical structures, and how to develop theses.   Readings will be grouped around several themes.   Students will also develop greater accuracy in grammar and vocabulary, and will be introduced to the principles of effective oral presentations.

    ESL     104       Advanced Expository Writing: ESL (3) 

    This course is designed to teach students how to produce advanced level expository essays, a short documented research paper, and strengthen their critical thinking and note-taking skills in order to analyze university-level written and spoken materials. 

    ESL     105       Accent Reduction I: ESL (3) 

    A course designed for intermediate students of English as a Second Language who still need help with their oral comprehension and production skills.   The focus of the class is to review the English sound system which includes stress, intonation and rhythm patterns.

    ESL      106       Accent Reduction II: ESL (3) 

    Designed for the more advanced students who still need to develop and refine advanced oral skills.   The focus of this course is the improvement of listening and speaking skills.

    ESL     108       American Culture ESL (3) 

    This supplemental course which is designed for high intermediate ESL students has a twofold purpose.   It is designed to 1) be a systematic introduction to the vitality and complexity of the United States – her values, beliefs, geography, and inhabitants and 2) strengthen academic study skills especially in reading and writing.  

    ESL     301       ESL Tutoring Internship (1) 

    This one-credit course provides a faculty-supervised opportunity for undergraduates in any major to receive hands-on training and experience in tutoring students enrolled in English as a Second Language classes.   In addition, interns are paid for their tutoring work.

    INTD   121       Computer as a Tool – ESL (2) 

    This two credit course is designed to: 1) present an overview of the personal computer, 2) familiarize students with current versions of various software applications such as Microsoft Works, Netscape Navigator, and Eudora; and 3) introduce the Internet, e-mail, and the World Wide Web (the Web).   The course helps English As a Second Language students develop their own overall language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) so they can function in an academic environment.   Wordprocessing, database, spreadsheet, e-mail and the Web are all covered in this course.

    ESL 125 Video and Film in the Study of English (3) 

    This course surveys audio-visual materials now available for the teaching of English as a second or foreign language.   The course will review educational and non-educational media such as films, videos, audiotapes, radio programs, and computer-driven technology to make students aware of possibilities for their own study and to explore images of the USA conveyed through these media.   Students perceive and develop an interactive relationship between the above materials and their special areas of interest.   

    ESL 126 Topics and Themes in USA Mythology (3) 

    This course focuses on legends, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, special events, fictional characters, and historical personalities that together constitute American mythology.   Students are taught techniques of determining the meaning of such references and of using them in their conversations and writing.   The course also provides a review of current controversies concerning language.  A different topic or theme will be focused on in each offering of the course.