English as a Second Language

ESL courses are designed for a full academic learning environment in English, to provide direct instruction in the English language in order to enhance the proficiency level of each English language learner. Students are encouraged to use authentic English in a supportive atmosphere so that each student can achieve fluency, accuracy, and confidence. English language learners focus on the integration of all language skills, including listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary development. English language learners are asked to apply their newly acquired or improved language skills to real life situations. English language learners that proceed through the program are prepared for college admission, as well as for college level work.

Beginning English as a Second Language (Standard)
1 Credit (5501)
Prerequisite:ESL level placement is determined by the department placement test score or equivalent IBT TOEFL score and department recommendation
This course is for students who have studied basic English but are not proficient enough to receive most of their academic instruction in English. Using conversations, reading selections, grammar exercises, and writing opportunities which provide practice in grammatical structures, this course enables students to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Vocabulary and oral expression are emphasized, and students receive personal motivation in this small class.

Developing English as a Second Language (Standard)
1 Credit (5502)
Prerequisite:ESL level placement is determined by the department placement test score or equivalent IBT TOEFL score and department recommendation
This course is for those intermediate level students who understand and use English but need considerable growth in pronunciation and fluency, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing. This is a communication-based course which requires the students to become more fluent in both speaking and writing. It unifies both receptive and productive skills with meaningful communication and is grounded in the presentation and practice of English grammar through meaningful content.

Expanding English as a Second Language (Standard)
1 Credit (5503)
Prerequisite:ESL level placement is determined by the department placement test score or equivalent IBT TOEFL score and department recommendation.
For more advanced language students who may be able to get by in English but who still need to think and work more easily in English in order to succeed in their academic courses, this course provides practice in more complex grammatical structures. The students work to develop confidence and skills in expressing their ideas and feelings correctly, both orally and in writing.

Bridging English as a Second Language (Standard)
1 Credit (5504)
Prerequisite:ESL level placement is determined by the department placement test score or equivalent IBT TOEFL score and department recommendation.
This course is for non-native speakers who are able to function well in high school classes where all instruction is in English, but who must still refine and practice their English pronunciation, fluency, grammar, idioms, and writing. This course is designed to more fully prepare students for the threshold college admissions standard of 80 or above IBT TOEFL. Admission and release from this course depend not only upon language proficiency but also upon academic ability and goals and will be determined by the department chair.

Early World Civilizations, Pre-1500 (Standard)
1 Credit (5515)
This social studies course is intended to provide English language learners a curriculum based on the history of early world civilizations while also developing English language skills and vocabulary. This course satisfies a required social studies credit.

ESL United States History
1 Credit (5517)

English language learners develop an understanding of the culture and history of the United States by critically examining major historical themes and political philosophy. This course satisfies a required social studies credit.

United States History (International)
1 Credit (5518)
Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities; Juniors
International students will develop an understanding of the culture and history of the United States by critically examining major historical themes with emphasis on improving English in class discussion and writing. This course satisfies a required social studies credit.