English as a
Second Language

English as a <br>Second Language

ESL Courses

ESL111: Writing in Context I: Perspectives on Cultures and Ideas

A course in the basics of writing in English. Focus on mastering the writing process as a means to creating effective written work. Some review of the basics of sentence and paragraph structure. Students will primarily work on organizing and developing short essays (1-2 pages) using rhetorical patterns including narration, description, example and comparison and contrast. Emphasis on all ESL concerns including effective word choice, vocabulary, idioms, grammar, sentence structure, etc. (Fall and Spring as needed, 3 credits)

ESL112: Writing in Context II: Perspectives on Cultures and Ideas

Intermediate course in the basics of writing in English mastering the writing process as a means to creating effective written work. Some review of the basics of sentence and paragraph structure. Students will primarily work on organizing and developing short essays (3-4 pages) including expository, analytical and argumentative essays. Includes research based essays. Emphasis on all ESL concerns including effective word choice, vocabulary, idioms, grammar, sentence structure, etc. (Fall and Spring as needed, 3 credits) 

FYS101: Perspectives on Cultures and Identity

This course emphasizes the production of academic writing through critical analysis of texts, with topics drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines. This course is intended to be seminar style with reading and discussion appropriately challenging for international students, with the expectation that students will be able to write so as to enhance learning, find and evaluate information, practice academic integrity, negotiate the process of revision, and use correct grammar and syntax.

A significant component of the course will be devoted to writing instruction and developing information literacy. It is expected that in FYS 101 students will engage in revision, as well as write at least 15 pages of polished prose, and that they will engage in appropriate research activities. (Fall and Spring as needed, 3 credits) 

ESL114: Readings Across the Disciplines I

In this course students will practice pre-reading, scanning, summarizing, paraphrasing and synthesizing of ideas from college level texts. ESL 114 will help students to determine the author’s purpose, intended audience, tone, and context. They will also learn to recognize and understand a work’s thesis (nonfiction) or theme (literary texts) and the rhetorical and literary strategies used to support a work’s thesis and/or develop a work’s theme. Students will study readings from American newspapers and other publications in various academic areas including history, social sciences and religion; readings will have some emphasis on ethics, justice, etc. (Fall, 3 credits) 

ESL115:  Readings Across the Disciplines II

In this course students will practice pre-reading, scanning, summarizing, paraphrasing and synthesizing of ideas from college level texts. ESL 115 will help students to determine the author’s purpose, intended audience, tone, and context. They will also learn to recognize and understand a work’s thesis (nonfiction) or theme (literary texts) and the rhetorical and literary strategies used to support a work’s thesis and/or develop a work’s theme. Students will study readings from American newspapers and other publications in various academic areas including science, philosophy, literature, with emphasis on ethics, justice, etc. (Spring, 3 credits)

ESL116: The Art of Conversation I

In this course students will participate in exercises ranging from role plays, dialogues to brief presentations. Students will demonstrate effective word choice, grammar and accurate communication of meaning. Students will practice listening for main ideas and supporting details, recognize developmental patterns/cues, as well as note taking. This course includes practice in asking and answering questions, understanding and responding appropriately to conversations with a partner and with multiple speakers in small groups. (Fall, 3 credits)

ESL117: The Art of Conversation II

In this course students will participate in exercises ranging from role plays, dialogues to brief presentations. Students will demonstrate effective word choice, grammar and accurate communication of meaning. Students will practice listening for main ideas and supporting details, recognize developmental patterns/cues, as well as note taking. This course includes practice in asking and answering questions, understanding and responding appropriately to conversations with a partner and with multiple speakers in small groups. (Spring, 3 credits)

ESL118: The Art of Oral Presentations

Students in this course will learn to both give and understand oral presentations. Students will give formal presentations in which they will demonstrate clarity of ideas and speech in a vocabulary appropriate to the target audience. Emphasis will be on the effective use of pronunciation, stress, and intonation patterns. Presentations will integrate material from outside sources logically and focus on clearly organized and developed content, including supporting evidence. This course provides reinforcement of how to properly document research.  (Spring and Fall, 3 credits)