High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English
The course is designed to help students to refine reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for the purpose of participating in everyday situations, including school. 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 Intermediate II level written, spoken, and aural English. Students write and read extensively, participate in group discussions, give oral presentations, practice their listening skills and improve their pronunciation. In this course, the focus is on improving students’ ability to understand written and spoken English, improve their ability to communicate in real-world situations, and understand and discuss various aspects of American culture and society. Continued focus will be given to helping students acquire strategies for effective oral communication.
Students will …
- Read several articles in a textbook.
- Gather information and ideas to write various types of writing such as:
- A paragraph on how to make a good first impression.
- A descriptive paragraph about favorite dishes.
- A summary and a personal response paragraph about how technology has affected our lives.
- An opinion essay on advertising.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- A lecture and excerpt from a radio show
- A class discussion after watching a video
- A talk
- An interview
- A radio show
-Gather information and ideas to
- Give a short talk about an accurate first impression.
- Conduct a class survey on food preferences.
- Participate in a group discussion about change.
- State and support opinions in a group discussion on advertising.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Intermediate II (first half) level, students will be able to
- Identify main ideas and supporting ideas.
- Identify facts from opinions.
- Organize and develop a paragraph.
- Use descriptive adjectives in writing.
- Write a summary and a personal response.
- Write an opinion essay.
- dentify causes and effects .
- Identify time markers.
- Identify fact and opinion.
- Take conversation turns.
- Give advice.
- Ask for and give reasons.
- Give and support opinions.
- Use contractions with auxiliary verbs.
- Link words with /j/ and /w/ sounds.
- Use intonation in tag questions.
- Use correct intonation in questions.
- Use synonyms correctly.
- Use prefixes and suffixes correctly.
- Use adjective-noun collocations correctly.
- Use real conditions: present and future correctly.
- Use adjectives in the correct order.
- Use parallel structure correctly.
- Use compound sentences correctly.
- Use the auxiliary verbs: do, be, and have correctly.
- Use quantifiers with count and noncount nouns correctly.
- Use tag questions correctly.
- Use modals to express your attitude correctly.