Non-Intensive English as a Supplemental Language

ESL-002 - CULTURAL ORIENTATION

Lecture: 0

Lab: 2

Credit: 1

This course introduces new international students to American life, the educational system and the Burlington community. It covers such topics as culture shock, academic honesty, personal safety, driving in Iowa, etc. This course will be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis only.

ESL-006 - GRAMMAR IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

Communicative grammar course for non-native speakers of English.  Includes studying the usage of different grammatical structures and their application in various areas of interaction.  Exposes students to English culture and cultural expectations.  

ESL-008 - COMMUNICATION IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

Communication course for non-native speakers of English.  Includes usage of listening and speaking skills across various areas of interaction: idioms and slang, small talk and business interviews.  Exposes students to English culture and cultural expectations in conversations and oral interaction.  This course is recommended to be taken in conjunction with ESL-006 Grammar in Cultural Context.

ESL-013 - LISTENING/SPEAKING I

Lecture: 4

Credit: 4

This is a listening/speaking course for non-native speakers of English.  The course helps students develop basic speech competencies through integrated language skills.  Students focus on language:  pronunciation, word forms, word domains, idiomatic expressions, analogies using semantic context.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL 015 Reading/Writing I, ESL-018 Grammar I.

ESL-015 - READING/WRITING I

Lecture: 4

Credit: 4

This is a reading/writing course for non-native speakers of English.  A beginning course designed to develop reading and writing skills; students learn new words and phrases, work on spelling and become familiar with the use of basic tenses.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-013 Listening/Speaking I, ESL-018 Grammar I.

ESL-019 - GRAMMAR I

Lecture: 4

Credit: 4

This is a grammar course for non-native speakers of English.  The course introduces students to the form, meaning, and usage of basic structures in English.  It provides opportunities to practice through extensive and varied exercises leading to communicative activities.  Concentration is on present and past tenses, copular be, nouns and pronouns.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-015 Reading/Writing I, ESL-013 Listening/Speaking I.

ESL-033 - LISTENING/SPEAKING II

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a listening/speaking course for non-native speakers of English. This course further develops conversational skills in order to improve the ability to speak clearly and effectively. Authentic audio recordings, videotapes and listening to peers are used to develop listening skills. Daily work on pronunciation targeted at achieving an understandable accent. Prerequisite: ESL-013, Listening/Speaking and meets minimum placement test score requirements.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-035 Reading/Writing II, ESL-038 Grammar II.

ESL-035 - READING/WRITING II

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a reading/writing course for non-native speakers of English. This course increases reading skills in comprehension, speed and fluency. It continues development of understanding and using English sentence patterns through written practice. Prerequisite: ESL-015 and meets minimum placement test score requirements. It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-033  Listening/Speaking II, ESL-038 Grammar II.  Prerequisites: ESL-105 Reading/Writing I or meets minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-038 - GRAMMAR II

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a grammar course for non-native speakers of English. The course introduces students to the form, meaning and usage of the English structures. Communicative approach provides students with the immediate applications of the knowledge gained in the class. Work on new grammar tenses, modal verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-035  Reading/Writing II, ESL-033, Listening/Speaking II.  Prerequisites: ESL-018 Grammar I or meets minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-053 - READING/WRITING III

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is a reading/writing course for non-native speakers of English. This course provides the students with intensive practice in reading strategies acquisition. Emphasis on understanding of the content while building language skills, predicting and understanding main ideas and details, identifying parts of speech. Critical thinking skills are practiced throughout the course. The students learn the process of prewriting, organizing, revising, and editing while reviewing and expanding the acquired vocabulary.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-055 Listening/Speaking III, ESL-058, Grammar III.  Prerequisite: ESL-035 Reading/Writing II or meets minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-055 - LISTENING/SPEAKING III

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is a listening/speaking course for non-native speakers of English. This course is designed to develop fluency in English and to improve the listening and conversational skills needed for careers and academic study. Speaking focuses on stress, rhythm, and intonation. Theme-based pronunciation practice reinforces the vocabulary and content of this class.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-053 Reading/Writing III, ESL-058 Grammar III.  Prerequisite: ESL-033 Listening/Speaking III or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-058 - GRAMMAR III

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is a grammar course for non-native speakers of English. The class studies the structures of English with particular focus on patterns in grammar that are especially troublesome for non-native speakers of English. Applications of these structures are performed through extensive speaking and writing, and a variety of exercises.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-053 Reading/Writing III, ESL-055 Listening/Speaking III. Prerequisites: ESL-038 Grammar II or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-073 - READING/WRITING IV

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is a reading/writing course for non-native speakers of English. Develops higher order comprehension skills such as distinguishing fact and opinion, mastering persuasion techniques. Emphasizes strategies and skills which will help increase reading speed and build vocabulary of words with multiple meanings and connotations. Leads students through the writing process by providing a wide variety of activities to help them master skills necessary for academic writing.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-075 Listening/Speaking IV, ESL-079 Grammar IV. Prerequisite: ESL-053 Reading/Writing III or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-075 - LISTENING/SPEAKING IV

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is a listening/speaking course for non-native speakers of English. Strong emphasis on comprehension of oral language as spoken by native English speakers. Continues to practice pronunciation in factual discourse. Develops skills in utilizing idiomatic expressions, negotiations, reducing miscommunication.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-073 Reading/Writing IV and ESL-079 Grammar IV. Prerequisite: ESL-055 Listening/Speaking III or meet minimum placement test score requirement

ESL-079 - GRAMMAR IV

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This is an advanced course in grammar for non-native speakers of English offering introduction to such structures as gerund, infinitive, different types of clauses, and conditional sentences. Students learn to apply the structures in the factual discourse in class, and in a variety of written tasks.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-073 Reading/Writing IV, ESL-075 Listening/Speaking IV.  Prerequisites: ESL-058 Grammar III or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-080 - READING/WRITING V

Lecture: 1-2

Credit: 1-2

This is a reading/writing course for non-native speakers of English. Provides an extensive review of the skills necessary for academic success. Explores contemporary themes to stimulate critical thinking while building language competence. It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-081 Listening/Speaking V, ESL-082 Grammar V. Prerequisites: ESL-073 Reading/Writing IV or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-081 - LISTENING/SPEAKING V

Lecture: 1-2

Credit: 1-2

This is a listening/speaking course for non-native speakers of English. Listening to live and audio-taped, authentic lectures, taking notes and making oral presentations based on research utilizing visual aids and support.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-080 Reading/Writing V, ESL-082 Grammar V.  Prerequisites: ESL-075 Listening/Speaking IV or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ESL-082 - GRAMMAR V

Lecture: 1-2

Credit: 1-2

This is a grammar course for non-native speakers of English. A survey of English grammar with emphasis on the production of more complex verb and sentence structures. Mastering the learned skills through the applications in a natural discourse, peer interaction, group discussions.  It is recommended to take the course concurrently with ESL-080 Reading/Writing V, ESL-081 Listening/Speaking V. Prerequisites: ESL-079 Grammar IV or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

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