English as a
Second Language

English as a <br>Second Language

Course Descriptions

ESL111: The Craft of Writing I     3 credits

Beginning level.  Focus on mastering the writing process.  Review of the basics of sentence and paragraph structure. Focus on organizing and developing short essays (1-2 pages) using key rhetorical patterns.  Participation in writing workshops.  Emphasis on appropriate use of vocabulary, idioms, grammar and sentence structure.  Fall and Spring as needed

ESL112: The Craft of Writing II     3 credits

Intermediate level.  Focus on mastering the writing process.  Review of the basics of sentence and paragraph structure. Focus on organizing and developing short essays (2-4 pages) using key rhetorical patterns.   Practice with writing research based essays.  Participation in writing workshops.  Emphasis on appropriate use of vocabulary, idioms, grammar and sentence structure.  Fall and Spring as needed

FYS101: Perspectives on Culture and Identity     3 credits

Intermediate to advanced level.  Designed for a cross cultural audience, allowing both International and American students the chance to discuss how the places where we live or travel and the cultures which surround us—including virtual culture--influence our view of the world and our identities.  Practice crafting thesis driven essays supported by research.  Fall and Spring as needed

ESL114:  The Art of Reading I     3 credits

This course is intended to help students in all majors to improve their reading skill. Readings will be selected from various publications in areas which reflect the nature of academic and professional reading challenges including history, literature and art, social sciences and sciences, religion and philosophy. Fall

ESL115:  The Art of Reading II     3 credits

This course is intended to help students in all majors to improve their reading skill. Readings will be selected from various publications in areas which reflect the nature of academic and professional reading challenges including history, literature and art, social sciences and sciences, religion and philosophy.  ESL 115 may be taken as a sequel to ESL114. Spring

ESL116: The Art of Conversation I     3 credits

Students will participate in exercises ranging from dialogues to brief presentations.   Emphasis on accurate communication of meaning as well as practice listening for main ideas and supporting evidence. Practice in asking and answering questions, understanding and responding appropriately to conversations with a partner and with multiple speakers in small groups. Practice in effective note taking.   Fall

ESL117: The Art of Conversation II     3 credits

Students will participate in exercises ranging from dialogues to brief presentations.   Emphasis on accurate communication of meaning as well as practice listening for main ideas and supporting evidence. Practice in asking and answering questions, understanding and responding appropriately to conversations with a partner and with multiple speakers in small groups. Practice in effective note taking.  Spring

ESL118: The Art of Oral Presentations     3 credits

Students in this course will learn to develop and give polished oral presentations. Practice with formal presentations including PowerPoint, visual aids and question and answer sessions. Emphasis on research based presentations. Spring and Fall

ESL 449 and ESL549: Independent Study     3 credits

ESL 449 and ESL 549 are intended for students with special instructional needs. (Dean’s permission only.)