English as a Second Language (ESL)

More than two out of every three speakers of English in today’s world are non-native speakers. This fact has profound implications for English language instruction. Learners today are more likely than ever to use English to communicate with other non-native speakers in travel, business, study, and work. For that reason, in addition to presenting the traditional cultural-linguistic features of English and preparing students to communicate with native speakers of English, the program deliberately helps students build cultural literacy. Numerous activities in the text prepare students to communicate with people from different cultures in formal and informal situations.

The objective of the English as a Second Language program is to assist those for whom English is a second language to improve their English language communication skills in order to enhance future study, business, travel, and/or work endeavors.

The 12-month program consists of three 4-month courses with 2 levels each. Each level, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced meets 20 hours per week over 8 weeks for a total of 160 hours of instruction. The entire program is a dynamic six-level program of international communication with emphasis on cultural literacy.

English as a Second Language: Twelve-month program Clock hours: 320

 

Beginning Level

English as a Second Language I A English as a Second Language I B

Intermediate Level

English as a Second Language II A English as a Second Language II B

English as a Second Language III A English as a Second Language III B

 

Course Descriptions

English as a Second Language

ESL (Beginning): IA: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: getting acquainted, going out, talking about families, coping with technology, and eating in, eating out.  Prerequisite: None

ESL (Beginning) IB: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: staying in shape, finding something to wear, getting away, taking transportation, shopping smart.  Prerequisite:  ESL IA

ESL (Intermediate) IIA: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: greetings and small talk, movies and entertainment, staying in hotels, cars and driving, and personal appearances.  Prerequisite: ESL IB

ESL (Intermediate) IIB: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: eating well, psychology and personality, enjoying the arts, living with computers, ethics and values.  Prerequisite: ESL IIA

ESL (Advanced) IIIA: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: cultural literacy, health matters, getting things done, life choices, holidays and traditions, disasters and emergencies, books and magazines, inventions and technology, controversial issues, and enjoying the world.  Prerequisite: ESL IIB

ESL (Advanced) IIIB: The objective of the course involves the use of certain language and cultural literacy skills; namely vocabulary, social language, grammar, speaking activities, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in the following content areas: cultural literacy, health matters, getting things done, life choices, holidays and traditions, disasters and emergencies, books and magazines, inventions and technology, controversial issues, and enjoying the world.  Prerequisite: ESL IIIA

 


Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The objective of the TOEFL program is to prepare students to pass the standardized TOEFL examination. Many students who take the TOEFL exam are planning to study at a college or university where instruction is in English. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing or certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

TOEFL Preparation provides three (3) hours of contact time per week and gives students the skills, strategies, practice, and confidence they need to increase their scores on all sections of the TOEFL.

Test of English as Foreign Language: Sixteen-week program Clock hours: 320

A variety of methods are used. These include, but are not limited to, lecture, small groups, and one-on- one tutorials.

Expected Learner Outcomes:

The learner will be able to improve his/her score on the Listening Section, Structure Section, Reading Section, and Essay Writing Section of the TOEFL.