English as a Second Language
ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
The ESL program courses are divided into six proficiency levels (Beginning, Beginning High, Intermediate, Intermediate High, Advanced, and Advanced High) in three programs (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) and four skill areas (Listening, Speaking, Reading &Vocabulary, and Writing & Grammar). The full-time ESL student takes a cluster of Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Pronunciation & Vocabulary totaling 18 hours per week for 6 Weeks. All levels provide daily communication practice in speaking and listening, reading, writing, and communicative grammar. In addition, students work with audio, video, computer software, the Internet and an online grammar program.
ESL BEGINNING LEVEL
Students enter the beginning level with a rudimentary foundation in English. They are able to read and write on a limited basis. They communicate with difficulty and many errors. They use very simple and unelaborated answers. They hesitate a lot and have no ability to extend conversation. They use simple grammar and vocabulary. They have little or no control over basic grammar. They communicate survival needs in a very simple manner.
ESL BEGINNING HIGH LEVEL
Students enter the beginning high level with the ability to read and write in English. They are more confident in communicating their immediate needs. They hesitate less and can give more detail in simple answers. They have slightly more control of grammar and a slightly broader vocabulary.
ESL INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Students enter the intermediate low level with the ability to read and write in English. They have more satisfactory command of English for communicating their basic survival needs.
ESL INTERMEDIATE HIGH LEVEL
Students enter the intermediate high level with enough ability in the use of English to function independently in most familiar situations. They have inconsistent control of more complex grammar. They rely on description and concrete terms. In social situations
ESL ADVANCED LEVEL
Students enter the advanced-low level with the ability in the use of English to function effectively in familiar and unfamiliar social and academic situations. They use advanced grammar and vocabulary. Their errors do not hinder communication.
SL ADVANCED HIGH LEVEL
Students enter the advance high level with the ability in the use of English to meet most routine social and academic demands with confidence, though not without occasional hesitation and circumlocutions.
SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
FULL ESL CURRICULUM
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM
The course descriptions for the courses listed below may be found in the Academic Catalog.