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:
- A paragraph about your favorite sport.
- An opinion paragraph about when choice is a good thing.
- A paragraph about two or more important changes in your life due to technology.
- One or more paragraphs about a common fear.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- TV News report
- Radio show
-Use information and ideas to
- Participate in a group interview about sports preferences
- Conduct a survey on what influences people’s decisions. Then report the results to the class.
- Give instruction for how people can change their lives to make a difference in the world.
- Describe a frightening experience.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Basic II level (second half), students will be able to
- Identify supporting sentences and details.
- Identify pronoun referents.
- Identify facts and opinions in an article.
- Write supporting sentences and details and concluding sentences.
- Write contrast ideas with however.
- Identify signal words and phrases.
- Make inferences.
- Identify different opinions.
- Identify examples.
- Ask for and give opinions.
- Source information.
- Check for listeners’ understanding.
- Express emotion.
- Use correct intonation in questions.
- Link consonants to vowels.
- Use content word stress in sentences.
- Link vowel sounds with /w/ or /y/.
- Use prefix un- correctly.
- Use collocations correctly.
- Use the suffixes -ful and -ing correctly.
- Use percentages and fractions correctly.
- Use verb-noun collocations correctly.
- Use idioms and expressions correctly.
- Use prepositions of location correctly.
- Use infinitives of purpose correctly.
- Use clauses with before/ before that and after/ after that correctly.
- Use comparative adjectives correctly.
- Use gerunds as subjects or objects correctly.
- Use the conjunctions and and but correctly.
- Use the imperative of be+adjective correctly.
- Use so and such with adjectives correctly.