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 102
Intermediate Vocabulary and Speech
3 credits

This course will emphasize vocabulary-building elements and public speaking with an emphasis on the academic needs of International students. Students will receive instruction and practice in building reading and decoding skills. Students will improve pronunciation and speech fluency through short, in-class presentations and conversation. Students will also learn skills in preparing for presentations using multimedia technology. 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 204
Advanced Vocabulary and Speech
3 credits

This course will emphasize advanced vocabulary-building elements and public speaking, with an emphasis on International 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".