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English Skills for ESOL

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English Skills for ESOL

ESL 1 - Beginner (ES101C

This intensive course is designed to teach non-native English language learners various techniques that will help them develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Practice Standard American English vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation to build confidence, fluency and accuracy in spoken and written English through interactive activities, language-based games and use of technology.  To be successful in this course, students must: understand basic greetings, simple phrases and everyday commands; be able to say, read and write the alphabet, numbers and some common words and phrases; and be able to understand and answer simple questions about their personal lives and personal information e.g. name, address, telephone number, marital status both verbally and in writing.

A diagnostic test is administered to assess students' level of English ability.

ESL 2 - Intermediate (ES101D)

This intensive course is designed to teach non-native English language learners various techniques that will help them develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Practice Standard American English vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation to build confidence, fluency and accuracy in spoken and written English through interactive activities, language-based games and use of technology.  To be successful in this course, Students must be able to:

  • communicate with detail about their lives and experiences both verbally and in writing, as well as be able to understand and use some common American phrases and expressions
  • participate in small talk, give and follow directions, express their needs and problems
  • read and comprehend simple to mid level material on familiar topics
  • write sentences and simple paragraphs that show control of basic grammar with consistent use of punctuation.

A diagnostic test is administered to assess students' level of English ability.

Advanced ESL II (ES101A)

This follow-up to the Advanced ESL I course focuses on the spoken communication and active listening skills necessary for college level study.  Students practice a variety of listening skills including note taking, comprehension of main idea and detail, inference, and determining viewpoint, genre and/or tone.  Speaking topics are designed to allow students to apply the content, language, grammar, and style they have practiced in their texts and Web site-based activities (Website to be provided by instructor). Speaking activities include interviews, debates, role play, and group presentations.

Grammar topics covered: adjective clauses, adverb clauses, conditional sentences, gerunds/infinitives, and direct/indirect speech
(Prerequisite - Advanced ESL I or ESL Placement Test)

 

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