High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English
The course is delivered through the integrated language skills, with a focus on making multifaceted descriptions and analyses. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 108 hours.
Students will be able to communicate with and understand Advanced II level written, spoken, and aural English. Students utilize academic language and skills to participate in discussions, create dialogues, complete written compositions, read articles, and listen to conversations and lectures regarding current events, cultural values, personal views, and other aspects of contemporary life. In this course, students read authentic texts from several well-known publications and listen to several advanced talks and discussions. In addition, students participate in various kinds of speaking activities in order to develop fluency and accuracy.
Students will …
- Read a various types of text such as:
- An article from The Economist and an article from The New York Times about the design of public spaces.
- An article from New Scientist and an article from The Atlantic news magazine on ways to recycle or avoid waste.
- An article from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World and an article from The Atlantic news magazine about inventions and change.
- An article from the website Medical News Today and an article from the website Stack about energy levels.
- Gather information and ideas to write the followings:
- An analysis of a public place suggests how it may be improved.
- A business plan that describes a new recycling company to potential investors.
- A summary and response essay based on an informational text.
- A cause and effect essay analyzing two or three factors that affect people’s energy levels.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- Watch video interviews with employees at Google and Bloomberg.
- Listen to a radio interview on walkable cities.
- Reports from North Carolina Public Radio about health innovations and National Public Radio about Silicon Valley.
- A radio documentary from the non-profit organization Worlds of Difference on a group called the reindeer people.
- A discussion on the Domain7 podcast about the way computer technology is changing our world.
- Watch a video broadcast by a science editor.
- Listen to a report from New Hampshire Public Radio about different sources of energy.
- Gather information and ideas to:
- Role-play a podcast in features of rural or urban environments.
- Develop a marketing presentation designed to sell a new invention or idea.
- Interview a classmate and report on that person’s attitudes toward change.
- Participate in a class debate on the future of energy.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Advanced II level (second half), students will be able to
- Identify the author’s intent.
- Organize notes and annotations in a chart.
- Identify counter arguments and refutations.
- Write a summary.
- Write a persuasive essay.
- Write a cause and effect essay.
- Identify appositives that explain.
- Identify organizational cues.
- Distinguish between facts and opinions.
- Identify attitudes.
- Identify a cause and effect.
- Clarify information.
- Give advice.
- Use formal and informal language appropriately.
- Debate opinions.
- Shift word stress with suffixes.
- Pronounce affirmative and negative conditional modals correctly.
- Use consonant variations.
- Say a sentence with a natural rhythm.
- Use noun suffixes in sentences correctly.
- Use adjective/ verb + preposition collocations correctly.
- Use word forms and suffixes correctly.
- Use words with multiple meanings correctly.
- Use idioms and informal expressions in sentences correctly.
- Use phrasal verbs in sentences correctly.
- Use the passive voice to focus information.
- Use modals of possibility correctly.
- Correct subject-verb agreement errors.
- Use adverb clauses in sentences correctly.
- Use conditionals in sentences correctly.
- Use noun clauses
- Use gerunds and infinitives in sentences correctly.