Course Descriptions

English as a Second Language

ESL 101
Intermediate Grammar and Writing
3 credits

This course will emphasize the fundamentals of academic writing and grammar skills with emphasis on the needs of non-native speakers of English. Students will receive instruction and practice in effective paragraph and essay writing, decoding text, grammar usage, and writing mechanics. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B". 

Credits for this course may not be applied to any degree program.

Prerequisite(s): Placement into course by International Admission Associate.

ESL 102
Intermediate Listening & Speaking
3 credits

This course will emphasize vocabulary-building elements and verbal communication with an emphasis on the academic needs of a non-native English speaker. Students will receive instruction and practice in listening and decoding skills. Students will improve pronunciation and speech fluency through short, in-class presentations and conversation. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

Credits for this course may not be applied to any degree program.

Prerequisite(s): Placement into course by International Admission Associate.

ESL 203
Advanced Grammar and Writing
3 credits

This course is designed to improve students’ writing skills by providing instruction and practice in essay writing of various academic types.  Students will learn about the writing process, features of specific essay types, developing content, and expressing themselves in comprehensible and grammatical language.  Students will be required to write multi-draft essays and self-edit to demonstrate writing development. The minimum passing grade is a “B”.

This course may not be applied to any degree program.

Prerequisite(s): Placement into course by International Admission Associate and successful completion of ESL 101 with a minimum passing grade of a "B".

ESL 204
Advanced Listening & Speaking
3 credits

This course will emphasize advanced vocabulary-building elements and verbal communication, with an emphasis on non-native speakers’ student needs. Students will be required to expand their speaking and vocabulary skills learned in ESL 102 and apply these skills to selected presentation assignments. Students will improve decoding, reading, pronunciation and speech fluency skills. Students will also learn basic research and citation (APA, current edition) skills in preparing for their presentations using various multimedia technologies. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

Credits for this course will not be applied to any degree program.

Prerequisite(s): Placement into course by International Admission Associate and successful completion of ESL 102 with a minimum passing grade of a “B”.