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 narrative essay about an obstacle that students have faced.
- An analysis essay about whether a student is a good decision maker.
- A cause/ effect essay about how a business can make money while making a difference.
- An argumentative essay about what it takes to be successful.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- A podcast
- A report
- A radio interview
- An excerpt from a college class discussion
- A presentation
- A panel discussion
-Gather information and ideas to
- Give a short talk about an accurate first impression.
- State and support opinions in a group discussion on advertising.
- Participate in a group discussion evaluating the influence money has on happiness.
- Discuss successful and unsuccessful personal experiences and explain what students learned from them.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Intermediate II level (second half), students will be able to
- Use a graphic organizer.
- Use a timeline.
- Write a narrative essay.
- State reasons and give examples.
- Write a cause/ effect essay.
- Write an argumentative essay.
- Identify different kinds of numbers.
- Identify the speaker's attitude.
- Identify examples.
- Give a short presentation.
- Lead a group discussion.
- Use expressions for agreeing and disagreeing.
- Ask for and give clarification.
- Use contractions of had.
- Put stress on important words.
- Use correct intonation in different types of sentences.
- Vary intonation to maintain interest.
- Use phrasal verbs and idioms correctly.
- Use collocations with verbs, adjectives + prepositions, and adjective-noun collocations correctly.
- Use prefixes correctly.
- Use time shifts correctly in narrative writing.
- Use gerunds and infinitives correctly.
- Use the past perfect correctly.
- Use gerunds and infinitives as the objects of verbs correctly.
- Use the simple past and present perfect correctly.