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 216 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:
- Two articles with contrasting opinions on the value of learning a new language.
- Two articles that support and criticize the “gig economy”.
- The article from Fast Company and an excerpt from a textbook about the manipulation of images.
- The article from The New York Times and article from Maclean’s news magazine about global cooperation initiatives.
- 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:
- A persuasive email about a new foreign language program in your school, university, or community.
- An article for your school or university career services newsletter arguing why a particular job is a good choice in the changing workplace.
- Create a proposal for a print or online advertisement.
- An essay about the importance of global cooperation.
- 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:
- A radio interview with a neuroanatomist.
- An excerpt from the audiobook of Hellen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life.
- Watch video interviews with employees at Google and Bloomberg.
- A talk on a book about wilderness living.
- An excerpt from a National Geographic television documentary
- A history lecture.
- News story from American RadioWorks on the coffee trade.
- A report about the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
- Watch a video introduction to urban planning.
- 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:
- Develop a narrative about language challenges.
- Present the tipping point between work and fun.
- Give a group presentation on the uses of visual deception.
- Give a group presentation on a global problem.
- 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, students will be able to
- Distinguish main ideas from details.
- Identify contrasting ideas.
- Identify the author’s intent.
- Organize notes and annotations in a chart.
- Write an effective email.
- Use evidence to support an argument.
- Write with unity.
- Organize supporting ideas in writing.
- Write a summary.
- Write a cause and effect essay.
- Identify examples.
- Identify appositives that explain.
- Identify facts and figures.
- Identify organizational cues.
- Distinguish between facts and opinions.
- Identify attitudes.
- Identify a cause and effect.
- Use figurative language correctly.
- Discuss preferences and alternatives.
- Clarify information.
- Cite sources.
- Give advice.
- Use formal and informal language appropriately.
- Debate opinions.
- Use emphatic word stress.
- Use intonation with choices.
- Shift word stress with suffixes.
- Use linking with final consonants.
- Pronounce affirmative and negative conditional modals correctly.
- Use consonant variations.
- Say a sentence with a natural rhythm.
- Use reporting verbs in a sentence correctly.
- Use prefixes in sentences correctly.
- Use noun suffixes in sentences correctly.
- Use adjective/ verb + preposition collocations correctly.
- Use negative prefixes correctly in sentences.
- Use compound nouns correctly.
- Use word forms and suffixes correctly.
- Use collocations in sentences correctly.
- Use words with multiple meanings correctly.
- Use idioms and informal expressions in sentences correctly.
- Use phrasal verbs in sentences correctly.
- Use contrast and concession connectors correctly.
- Use noun clauses in a sentence correctly.
- Use quantifiers correctly.
- Use parallel structure and ellipsis correctly.
- Use the passive voice to focus information.
- Use modals of possibility correctly.
- Correct subject-verb agreement errors.
- Use cause and effect connectors correctly.
- Use the passive voice correctly.
- Use comparative structures correctly.
- Use relative clauses correctly.
- Use reported speech in sentences correctly.
- Use conditionals in sentences correctly.
- Use gerunds and infinitives in sentences correctly.
- Use adverb clauses in sentences correctly.