Course Descriptions

English 114

ESL: Intermediate English Language Skills. 3 credits, 9 hours per week. Graded credit / no credit.

Semi-intensive course in intermediate English language skills. This multi-skills course focuses on reading, writing, and communication skills essential in an academic setting.

English 115

ESL: Grammar for Academic Use. 3 credits, 5 hours per week. Graded credit / no credit.

A review of English grammar through intensive written and oral practice to promote accurate and appropriate language use for students who have already studied grammar extensively and need to refine the ability to produce acceptable academic English.

English 116

ESL: Academic Reading and Vocabulary Skills. 3 credits, 3 hours per week. Graded credit / no credit.

Reading strategies for academic work, reading with increased comprehension and speed, vocabulary expansion, and summary writing.

English 117

ESL: Academic Writing I. 3 credits, 3 hours per week. Graded credit / no credit.

Basic elements of academic writing, emphasizing improved fluency and accuracy, paragraph structure, summarizing and paraphrasing, short essays, and a final research project.

English 118

ESL: Academic Writing II. 3 credits, 3 hours per week. Graded A - F.

Fulfills the undergraduate Communication requirement, Part A. Academic writing, critical reading and argumentation, documentation, and style and organization of research papers; oral communication skills for effective class participation and presentations.

English 343

ESL: Oral Communication Skills. 3 credits, 5 hours per week. Graded credit / no credit.

Practice in formal and informal communication skills, including listening comprehension, pronunciation, and conversational and presentation skills useful in an academic setting. Prerequisite: ESL Assessment Test (ESLAT) required. Does not count toward graduation requirements. Not open to auditors. Open to first-year students.

English 344

ESL: Academic Presentations and Discussions. Semesters I or II, 3 credits; Summer Session, 2 credits. Graded credit / no credit.

Oral communication and presentation skills essential for participation in seminars, conferences, and other academic and professional settings. Students make 3 to 4 presentations, two are video recorded. Students meet with the instructor to view the recordings and get feedback on how to improve.

English 345

ESL:  American English Pronunciation. Semester I or II for 10 weeks.  1 credit.

Pronunciation practice, recording, and instructor feedback.

English 349

ESL:  Academic Writing for Graduate Students.  Semesters I or II, 3 credits; Summer Session, 2 credits.

Practice writing different aspects of research writing (e.g., data presentation; literature review; summary; critical summary; discussion). Grammar aspects are covered and students examine specifics of writing in their chosen field.

English 350

ESL: Professional and Academic Writing Skills. Semesters I or II, 3 credits; Summer Session, 2 credits. Graded credit / no credit.

Students work on writing projects in their own fields, such as dissertations and theses, research reports, or articles for publication. In addition, general academic writing skills, documentation and genre-specific style are covered. Prerequisite: Graduate status and consent of instructor.