Course Descriptions

English as a Second Language


ESL 101
Intermediate Grammar and Writing
3 credits

This course will emphasize the fundamentals of essay writing and grammar skills with emphasis on the academic needs of International students. Students will receive instruction and practice in essay writing, decoding text, grammar usage, and spelling. They will learn the process of writing different types of essays and proper usage of grammar. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".


ESL 203
Advanced Grammar and Writing
3 credits

This course is designed to improve essay writing and grammar skills with emphasis on the needs of International students. Students will be required to expand their writing and grammar skills learned in ESL 101 and apply these skills to selected writing assignments. Students will receive instruction and practice in advanced essay writing, decoding text, grammar usage, and spelling. This course will help students to develop skills about how to think more clearly, organize thoughts in logical sequence, and improve writing skills through prewriting, writing, and rewriting processes. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".


ESL 6150
Research Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
3 credits

This course expands the international student’s writing preparation on previous ESL courses to prepare international students for research level writing requirements. It will focus on augmenting research skills, critical reading skills, and advanced writing skills through the preparation of a research paper based upon in-depth analysis of scholarly sources. The course will emphasize the proper use and formatting of sources according to APA style guidelines. It will also identify the most common grammatical and mechanical errors made by ESL students while providing opportunities to correct these errors through in-class exercises, homework, and quizzes. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B". This course is required of graduate level international students as part of the ESL program. Students who receive a waiver for any or all of the other four ESL courses may still be required by their college to complete ESL 6150 during their first semester.