High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English
This course builds upon foundation English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday situations and academic purposes. 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 basic II level written, spoken, and aural English. Students read short texts, write short paragraphs about various topics introduced in class, and actively participate in class discussions. In this course, the focus is on improving students’ ability to understand written and spoken English, and improving their ability to communicate in real-world situations. Students practice listening skills through various types of audios. In addition, students discuss and present information to their classmates. The core competencies of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be given equal importance.
Students will …
- Read several short articles in a textbook.
- Gather information and ideas to write various types of writing such as:
- Describe the job you want and explain why you think it is a good job.
- Describe how you study.
- A short paragraph about the best way to relax.
- A paragraph about one way laughter is good for you.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
-Use information and ideas to
- Role-play job interview
- Give a presentation on your recommendations for brain health
- Participate in a presentation describing a travel tour
- Tell a story using eye contact, facial expressions and body language
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Basic II level (first half), students will be able to
- Skim a text and find important information.
- Read charts, graphs, and tables.
- Identify the topic sentence in a paragraph.
- Write a main idea and supporting sentences.
- Connect sentences with but and so.
- Correct paragraph structure.
- Write a topic sentence.
- Identify key words and phrases.
- Identify main ideas and details.
- Understand numbers and dates while listening.
- Identify specific information.
- Ask for repetition and clarification.
- Present information from notes.
- Introduce topics in a presentation.
- Use eye contact, facial expressions and body language.
- Pronounce simple past -ed endings correctly.
- Pronounce the schwa sounds correctly.
- Use the reduced pronunciation of be going to correctly.
- Pronounce the simple present third-person -s/ -es correctly.
- Use words that are both nouns and verbs correctly.
- Use modifying nouns correctly.
- Identify parts of speech and use them in sentences correctly.
- Use the suffixes -ful and -ing correctly.
- Use synonyms in a sentence correctly.
- Use verbs + infinitives (like, want, and need) correctly.
- Use the simple present and simple past correctly.
- Write sentences with because.
- Use sentences with when correctly.
- Use should/ shouldn't and it’s+adjective+infinitive correctly.
- Use be going to correctly.
- Use the simple present for informal narratives correctly.