ESL Course Listings

ESL Program courses are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students earn 4 credits per course. Some courses count towards "C" or "O" general education credit. See individual course information below. Graduate students earn hours (1-4) towards full time status as students.

There is no additional charge for ESL Program courses under regular full time tuition.

 

Undergraduate Courses

ESL 110: Intermediate English as a Second Language
This course provides instruction and practice in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing as well as English study skills and grammar. You will receive instruction and guided practice in all of these areas with an emphasis on writing. The course includes some experiential learning activities outside of the classroom. The goal is to help you work to the best of your abilities in an English-speaking academic environment. This is a 4 credit "W" course.

FORMAT: Class discussions, group work with native speaking assistants, writing assignments, listening and reading homework and activities. Evaluation based on homework, in-class assignments, an oral presentation and participation.

PREREQUISITE: This course is offered exclusively during the summer during the Academic Success Program for incoming freshmen to Binghamton University.

ESL 142: American College Culture

This course provides integrated instruction in study skills, cross-cultural issues and human development. The course includes many experiential leaning activities outside of the classroom. The goal is to enable freshmen to become full participants in the academic environment.

PREREQUISITE: This course is offered exclusively during the summer during the Academic Success Program for incoming freshmen to Binghamton University.

ESL 205: Advanced Speaking and Listening Comprehension

This course is designed to improve ESL students' listening and speaking abilities. Instruction and practice in understanding classroom lectures and discussions are provided. In addition, students work on improving their pronunciation and their ability to express complex ideas in both classroom discussions and formal oral presentations. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

FORMAT: Class discussion and work in pairs and small groups with native-speaker assistants. Evaluation based on listening tasks and summaries, oral presentations, and class participation.

PREREQUISITE: To enroll you must take the ESL Placement Exam, given the week before classes begin, and be recommended for this course.

THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS. 

This course counts towards "O" general education credit for undergraduates.

ESL 210: Advanced English as a Second Language
This course is for students who have beyond a basic command of English but whose skills still need improvement. There is a strong emphasis on writing, but this course also provides opportunities for practice in reading, speaking and listening. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

FORMAT: Class discussion of reading assignments. Writing workshops. Revision of writing emphasized through multiple drafts of papers and student-teacher conferences. Evaluation based on several papers, short written assignments, and class participation.

PREREQUISITE: To enroll you must take the ESL Placement Exam, given the week before classes begin, and be recommended for this course.

THIS COURSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS.

This course counts towards "C" general education credit for undergraduates.

ESL 211: Advanced Writing for ELL
This is a course for second-language learners of English who have been in the US for several years and have good skills in English reading comprehension, but who still need improvement in advanced academic writing skills. Students will be guided through longer papers including a research paper. The course will provide students the opportunity to also learn about American culture through critical reading that will provide the content for writing. Students will have multiple opportunities for revision through process writing, peer feedback, Native Speaking Assistant feedback and instructor feedback both written and via conferences. The course will provide opportunities to synthesize their cross cultural and English language experiences with their future plans as global citizens. This course counts towards "C" general education credit for undergraduates.

ESL 215: Speaking Skills for Bilinguals
This course is for undergraduate students who have been in the U.S. at least two years. They should be quite fluent in English and have excellent listening comprehension, but still need work in advanced speaking skills. Instruction emphasizes pronunciation and presentation skills.  

FORMAT: Informal and formal class presentations. Videotaping of at least one presentation. Student-teacher conferences. Group and individualized work on pronunciation with native-speaker assistants. Evaluation based primarily on three formal presentations, homework assignments, and class participation.

PREREQUISITE: None, but students should have studied English in the U.S.A. for a minimum of 2 years. This course is appropriate for first and second year students. 

This course is offered in the spring semester only.

This course counts towards "O" general education credit for undergraduates.

ESL 491: Practicum in College Teaching (Native Speaking Assistants)

This course is a 4 credit "Practicum in College Teaching" course offered each semester. During pre-registration students apply and then interview to become "Native English Speaking Assistants" for ESL oral communication classes and writing classes. Before the assigned semester students complete an on-line orientation and attend one meeting. Throughout the semester students attend assigned ESL classes and participate as native-speaker models and informants in pair and small-group work, thereby gaining a practical and theoretical exposure to ESL teaching. Students also attend three workshops about ESL methodology and plan and facilitate a "Conversation Circle" offered to the entire campus.

FORMAT: Each ESL instructor has a slightly different format but all NSAs must complete certain aspects of the course such as those listed above. This is a graded course.

PREREQUISITE: Admission by permission only.

 

Graduate Courses

ESL 710: Intermediate English as a Second Language

This course provides instruction and practice in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Emphasis is placed on developing greater fluency in spoken English. This course is offered during the fall semester.

PREREQUISITE: To enroll you must take the ESL Placement Exam, given the week before classes begin, and be recommended for this course.

ESL 715: Advanced Speaking &Listening Comprehension

Instruction and practice in understanding classroom lectures and discussions are provided. In addition, students work on improving their pronunciation and their ability to express complex ideas in both classroom discussions and formal oral presentations. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters and provides 1-4 credit hours towards full-time status.

FORMAT: Class discussion and work in pairs and small groups with native-speaker assistants. Evaluation based on listening tests and summaries, oral presentations, and class participation.

PREREQUISITE: To enroll you must take the ESL Placement Exam, given the week before classes begin, and be recommended for this course.

ESL 720: Advanced English as a Second Language

This course is for students who have a basic command of English but whose skills still need improvement. There is a strong emphasis on writing, but this course also provides opportunities for practice in reading, speaking and listening. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters and provides 1-4 credit hours towards full-time status.

FORMAT: Class discussion of reading assignments. Writing workshops. Revision of writing emphasized through multiple drafts of papers and student-teacher conferences. Evaluation based on several papers, short written assignments, and class participation. 

PREREQUISITE: To enroll you must take the ESL Placement Exam, given the week before classes begin, and be recommended for this course.

ESL 725: Oral Communication for Professional Purposes

This course is designed for graduate students who are teaching assistants, potential teaching assistants, doctoral candidates and other graduate students who need to improve their oral communication skills for use in a variety of educational and professional settings. Emphasis on development of accurate pronunciation and cross-cultural communication strategies as well as such skills as presenting information effectively, facilitating discussions and giving formal presentations. This course is offered during the spring semester and provides 1-4 credit hours towards full-time status.

FORMAT: Class discussions and work in pairs and small groups with native-speaker assistants. Evaluation based on homework, oral presentations, and class participation.

PREREQUISITE: None.

GRD 575: Developing International Scholars

This course will help International scholars further develop their pronunciation and communication skills for the instructional setting. They will learn to self-monitor their use of English as well as improve specific individual aspects of the speech act such as word and sentence stress, rhythm, intonation and sounds. Scholars will also practice functional aspects of English needed to create a clear learning environment for the purpose of communicating with English-speaking students and colleagues. This course is offered in the fall semester and does not have prerequisites.

 

Last Updated: 3/3/15