Academics

ESL Center

The English as a Second Language Center serves students whose native language is not English. It offers intensive course work in the following areas: listening and speaking, and reading and writing for academic purposes. The Center also helps orient students to the University, provides them with advising information, and monitors their progress. These classes are for students who have been admitted to the university, although we do accept non-degree students if they satisfy placement criteria, and if there are available spaces.

 

ESL Center Courses

ESL100A
Speaking and Listening I

This course focuses on developing speaking and listening skills that will help students function in their other academic course work. They will participate in small-group work, make oral presentations, and report on first-hand research projects.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (semester credits but not graduation credit)

ESL100B
Reading Comprehension for College-Level Texts 1

This course must be taken in conjunction with 100C. Focusing on developing reading comprehension skills for college-level reading, students are introduced to a range of texts and asked to develop and analyze their own reading strategies through class-discussion and responding in writing to the texts they read.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (semester credits but not graduation credit)

ESL100C
Academic Writing I

This course focuses on critical thinking and the writing process. It encourages expression of ideas through class discussion and journals as well as introducing students to more formal academic writing. Students learn to write critically about readings, and develop strategies of brainstorming, revision and organization.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (semester credits but not graduation credit)

ESL100D
Academic Writing II

Like ESL100C, this course focuses on critical thinking and the writing process. But it builds on and extends this work by the assignment of longer essays that require students to analyze and synthesize the readings. This course must be taken in conjunction with ESL100E.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (these credits do count towards graduation)

ESL100E
Reading Comprehension for College-Level Texts II

Building on strategies learned in 100B, this course focuses on developing facility with longer, and more complex academic readings. Students will learn to read critically by identifying main points and perspective, making connections to other readings, and understanding similarities and differences among various texts.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (semester credits but not graduation credit)

ESL100F
Speaking and Listening II

This course focuses on developing speaking and listening proficiency in academic study. Students will be given practice with academic lectures, note-taking and oral presentations.
4 Lect Hrs, 4 Credits (semester credits but not graduation credit)