ESL Writing Courses for Credit: Course Descriptions

ESL-115: Basic Writing in ESL (6 credits)
ESL-PIC Test Level 1
Extensive reading and writing to strengthen basic written communication skills in English, with individualized instruction.
Students whose writing is strong enough at the end of a semester can qualify to move from ESL 115 to ESL 117, skipping ESL 116.

ESL-116: Introduction to College Writing in ESL (6 credits)
ESL-PIC Test Level 2 or grade of C or better in ESL 115
An introduction to the concepts of academic writing in English, plus individualized language instruction.
Students whose writing is strong enough at the end of a semester can qualify to move from ESL 116 to ESL 118, skipping ESL 117.

ESL-117: College Writing in ESL (6 credits)
ESL-PIC Test Level 3 or grade of C or better in ESL 116
A review of the concepts of academic writing in English, as well as an introduction to argumentative writing, plus individualized language instruction.
Students whose writing is strong enough at the end of a semester can qualify to move from ESL 117 to English 102, skipping ESL 118.

ESL-118: Advanced College Writing in ESL (3 credits)
ESL-PIC Test Level 4 or grade of C or better in ESL 117
English 101 equivalent. Prepares and qualifies ESL writers for English 102.

ESL section of English-102: College Writing and Research (3 credits)
Requirement: Grade of C or better in ESL 118; EPT level 3; or English 101
College writing with a focus on research-based writing.

Other ESL Courses for Credit: Course Descriptions

ESL-105: Skills for Academic Reading Success (3 credits)
ESL-PIC Test Level 0

Introduces ESL students to academic reading strategies and builds basic reading competence in English necessary for academic success. Uses high-interest materials to invite engaging class discussions. Students will retake the ESL-PIC test at the end of the semester to determine best placement in the ESL Credit Writing sequence.


ESL-120: Grammar and Editing in English as a Second Language (3 credits)
Grammar and editing instruction for international students and domestic students at any level whose home language is something other than English.  Individual conferences target unique needs. 

 

ESL-135: Basic Skills in Academic Listening & Speaking (3 credits)
Academic presentation and lecture note-taking skills for English learners with little previous instruction or experience.

 

ESL-145: Practice in Academic Listening and Speaking (3 credits)

High level academic presentation and lecture note-taking practice for English learners ready to polish these skills.

 

ESL-420: Advanced Reading, Writing, and Grammar Tune-up for Internationals (4 credits)

Refinement of advanced undergraduate and graduate students' language control; extensive reading, writing, and contextualized grammar; focus on American academic expectations. Individual conferences target unique needs.  Prereq:  junior standing

 

ESL-420:Advanced Listening, Speaking, and Note-taking Skills for Internationals (4 credits)

Refining advanced students' academic listening and speaking skills; extensive pronunciation and intonation practice and feedback; focus on American academic expectations. Individual conferences target unique needs.  Prereq:  junior standing