Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1: Reading

Students in the ESL program will critically read and analyze college level texts.

Students will be able to:
  • Pre-read and scan academic materials to develop a sense of a text’s scope and emerging meaning
  • Determine the author's purpose, intended audience, tone and the text’s general context
  • Recognize and understand a work’s thesis or theme and the methods of organization used to support the thesis or develop the theme
  • Summarize, paraphrase, synthesize ideas from what they have read
  • Evaluate the evidence presented and state an opinion about what they have read

Learning Goal 2: Writing

Students in the ESL program will demonstrate basic competence in managing the writing process and producing effective written products including college essays and similar types of academic writing.

Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate effective word choice, vocabulary, idioms, grammar and sentence structure allowing accurate communication of meaning in written work.
  • Brainstorm, draft, and outline ideas for essays and other forms of academic writing
  • Develop a thesis and supporting topics and organize evidence using basic rhetorical patterns
  • Revise the organization of written work to increase unity, coherence and emphasis
  • Integrate material from outside sources logically and gracefully with their own writing
  • Cite sources according to conventional documentation style, and maintain academic integrity in their work

Learning Goal 3: Speaking

Students in the ESL program will develop effective speaking skills such that they can be understood by classmates, faculty, staff, and others for academic and social purposes including conversations, classroom discussions and oral presentations

Students will be able to:
  • Converse with general clarity using pronunciation/stress/ intonation patterns which allow for overall intelligibility.           
  • Demonstrate effective word choice, vocabulary, idioms, grammar and sentence structure allowing accurate communication of meaning in written work.
  • Articulate in conversation and oral presentations clearly organized ideas and supporting evidence in a vocabulary appropriate to the target audience.
  • Recognize their own verbal mistakes and correct them.
  • Give a standard oral presentation which informs and/or persuades the audience.
  • Integrate material from outside sources logically and gracefully into an oral presentation
  • Cite sources according to conventional documentation style, and maintain academic integrity in their work.   

Learning Goal 4: Listening

Students in the ESL program will be able to listen to and understand the main ideas and significant relevant details in various listening contexts.

Students will be able to:
  • Understand and discuss ideas delivered in academic lectures and social conversations
  • Develop and ask questions appropriate to a given listening context
  • Understand and respond appropriately to the speech of multiple speakers
  • Paraphrase the ideas of classroom lessons and turn them into coherent and well developed notes
  • Understand and discuss ideas delivered through various media