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.
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.
ESL 205/715: 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. This course counts towards "O" general education credit for undergraduates.
ESL 210/720: Advanced ESL
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. 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 United States at least two years. They should be quite fluent in English and have excellent listening comprehension but still need work on advanced speaking skills. Instruction emphasizes pronunciation and presentation skills. This course is offered in the spring semester only.
ESL 725: Oral Communication for Professional Purposes
This course is designed for graduate sudents 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.