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 216 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:
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
-Gather information and ideas to
At the completion of Intermediate II level, students will be able to:
❏ Take conversation turns.
❏ Give advice.
❏ Ask for and give reasons.
❏ Give and support opinions.
❏ Give a short presentation.
❏ Lead a group discussion.
❏ Use expressions for agreeing and disagreeing.
❏ Ask for and give clarification.
❏ Identify causes and effects.
❏ Identify time markers.
❏ Identify fact and opinion.
❏ Identify different kinds of numbers.
❏ Identify the speaker's attitude.
❏ Identify examples.
❏ Identify main ideas and supporting ideas.
❏ Identify facts from opinions.
❏ Use a graphic organizer.
❏ Use a timeline.
❏ Organize and develop a paragraph.
❏ Use descriptive adjectives in writing.
❏ Write a summary and a personal response.
❏ Write an opinion essay.
❏ Write a narrative essay.
❏ State reasons and give examples.
❏ Write a cause/ effect essay.
❏ Write an argumentative essay.
❏ Use synonyms correctly.
❏ Use prefixes and suffixes correctly.
❏ Use phrasal verbs and idioms correctly.
❏ Use collocations with verbs, adjectives + prepositions, and adjective-noun collocations correctly.
❏ Use contractions with auxiliary verbs.
❏ Link words with /j/ and /w/ sounds.
❏ Use intonation in tag questions.
❏ Use correct intonation in questions.
❏ Use contractions of had.
❏ Put stress on important words.
❏ Use correct intonation in different types of sentences.
❏ Vary intonation to maintain interest.
❏ Use real conditions: present and future correctly.
❏ Use adjectives in the correct order.
❏ Use parallel structure correctly.
❏ Use compound sentences correctly.
❏ Use time shifts correctly in narrative writing.
❏ Use gerunds and infinitives 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.
❏ Use the past perfect correctly.
❏ Use gerunds and infinitives as the objects of verbs correctly.
❏ Use the simple past and present perfect correctly.
Students are able to identify main ideas, supporting ideas and facts from opinions. Also, students are able to use a graphic organizer and a timeline while reading.
In listening, students are able to identify causes and effects, time markers, fact, opinion, different kinds of numbers and examples. Also, students are able to identify the speaker's attitude.
In speaking, students are able to give advice, ask for and give reasons, give and support opinions, give a short presentation and ask for and give clarification. Students are able to take conversation turns, lead a group discussion and use expressions for agreeing and disagreeing. Also, students are able to use contractions with auxiliary verbs, use intonation in tag questions, use correct intonation in questions, use contractions of had, and use correct intonation in different types of sentences. Students also are able to link words with /j/ and /w/ sounds, put stress on important words, and vary intonation to maintain interest.
Students are able to write a summary, a personal response, an opinion essay, a narrative essay, a cause/ effect essay and an argumentative essay. Also, students are able to organize and develop a paragraph, use descriptive adjectives in writing and state reasons and give examples.
Students are able to use synonyms, prefixes and suffixes, phrasal verbs and idioms, collocations with verbs, adjectives + prepositions, and adjective-noun collocations in sentences correctly.
Students are able to use real conditions: present and future, adjectives in the correct order, parallel structure correct, compound sentences, time shifts correctly in narrative writing, gerunds and infinitives, the auxiliary verbs: do, be, and have, quantifiers with count and noncount nouns, tag questions, modals to express your attitude, the past perfect, gerunds and infinitives as the objects of verbs, and the simple past and present