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Course Descriptions

The ESL Department offers four courses at each Level: Grammar Parts A and B; Reading; Writing, and Speech.

All courses are arranged in a compact time schedule in order to offer, morning, afternoon, evening and weekend immersion classes. For example, Level II Pattern A Day courses meet in the morning between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Level II Pattern A Evening courses meet between 6:00 PM and 10:20 PM. Weekend Immersion classes meet Friday nights from 4:40 pm to 10:40 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

ALP-004 Foundations Grammar (Part A) is a course for international students with little or no exposure to English. It introduces students to the most basic grammar of English with emphasis on the simplest tenses, structures, and forms. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Co-requisite: ALP-005

ALP-005 Foundations Grammar (Part B) provides students with continued work on the most basic structures of English. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits CO-requisite: ALP-004

ALP-006 Foundations Reading is a course for international students with little or no exposure to English. It provides them with instruction in pronouncing written words and understanding simple written texts. It also introduces students to the most common vocabulary of English and develops their ability to use this vocabulary in Basic Structures. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite or CO-requisite: ALP-005

ALP-007 Foundation: Writing is a course for international students with little or no exposure to English. It provides students with instruction in the spelling of English and in writing simple sentences using the structures and vocabulary learned in Foundations Grammar and Reading. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite or CO-requisite: ALP-005

ALP-041 Level I Grammar (Part A) introduces students to the basic grammar of the English simple sentence, with emphasis on verb tenses. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: ALP-005 Pre or Co-requisites: ALP-042, ALP-006, ALP-007

ALP-042 Level I Grammar (Part B) provides students with continued work on the basic grammar of the English simple sentence, with emphasis on nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: ALP-005 Pre or CO-requisites: ALP-041, ALP-006, ALP-007

ALP-043 Level I Writing provides students with carefully guided exercises in the writing of English sentences and, occasionally, paragraphs. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisites: ALP-007 Pre or CO-requisites: ALP-042

ALP-044 Level I: Reading helps students with their vocabulary development and gives them practice in reading for comprehension with material up to the 1,000 word vocabulary level. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisites: ALP-006 Pre or CO-requisites: ALP-042

ALP-045 Directed Studies I is a course for students in ESL who need intensive, supplemental instruction in grammar and writing skills. This computer assisted learning program is provided on an individual, prescriptive basis. 1 lec., 1 non-degree credit Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Head

ALP-051 Level II Grammar (Part A) continues the study of the English simple sentence begun in ESL I and introduces the compound sentence. The emphasis is on infinitives, model verbs, and adverbs, and students are introduced to dependent clauses. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Pre or CO-requisites: ALP-052, ALP-043, ALP-044

ALP-052 Level II Grammar (Part B) gives students work on perfect tenses and compound sentences, provides an introduction to the passive voice and to participial forms, and continues the study of dependent clauses. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Pre or CO-requisites: ALP-051, ALP-043, ALP-044

ALP-053 Level II Writing gives students work on both guided and free writing exercises at the paragraph level. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: ALP-043 Pre or CO-requisite: ALP-052

ALP-054 Level II Reading emphasizes reading for content and helps students develop their inferential skills on reading material up to the 3,000 word vocabulary level. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: ALP-044 Pre or CO-requisite: ALP-052

ALP-055 Directed Studies II is a course for students in ESL who need intensive, supplemental instruction in grammar and writing skills. This computer assisted learning program is provided on an individual, prescriptive basis. 1 lec., 1 non-degree credit Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Head

ALP-061 Level III Grammar (Part A) completes the study of the passive voice, of model verbs, and of compound sentences and begins a complete survey of dependent clauses in the English sentence. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Pre-or CO-requisites: ALP-062, ALP-053, ALP-054

ALP-062 Level III Grammar (Part B) completes the study of all the phrasal and clausal structures normally used in English sentences. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Pre-or CO-requisites: ALP-061, ALP-053, ALP-054

ALP-063 Level III Writing provides students with intensive practice in the writing of paragraphs and connecting prose beyond the paragraph. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisites: ALP-053 Pre-or CO-requisite: ALP-062

ALP-064 Level III Reading emphasizes reading for content, making inferences, distinguishing main and subordinate points, and evaluating the ideas and presentation of reading material at and beyond the 4,000 word vocabulary level. 3 lec., 3 non-degree credits Prerequisites: ALP-054 Pre- or CO-requisite: ALP-062

ALP-065 Directed Studies Level III is a course for students in ESL who need intensive, supplemental instruction in grammar and writing skills. This computer assisted learning program is provided on an individual, prescriptive basis. 1 lec., 1 non-degree credit Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Head

SPE-001 Speaking/Listening I for International Students  This course is  for International Students is designed for beginning students whose native language is not English. The course aims at developing comprehension of the spoken language, greater fluency, and intelligibility in speaking American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with the other Level I courses. Lecture (3.00).,  3 non-degree credits

SPE-002 Speaking/Listening II for International Students  This course is designed for Intermediate students whose native language is not English. The course aims at extending and reinforcing students’ skills in listening comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency through extensive practice in using spoken American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with teh other Level II courses. Lecture (3.00).,  3 non-degree credits  Prerequisite: SPE-001.

SPE-003 Speaking/Listening III for International Students  This course is designed for students for whom English is not a native language. This course seeks to expand students' listening skills, language comprehension, and speech fluency and to develop their confidence in their English speaking skills. This course should be taken in conjunction with the other Level III courses. Lecture (3.00).,  3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: SPE-002.

SPE-006 Pronunciation This is a course designed to help the nonnative speakers of English improve their American pronunciation. Basic drill material on all the individual sounds, the more important combinations of the English sound system, and the study of intonations and stress in ordinary speech patterns will be provided for practice. Laboratory (2.00).,  1 non-degree credit

SPE-007 Advanced Pronunciation for English Language Learners  This course is designed to help the advanced nonnative speakers of English to polish their American pronunciation. The primary goals of pronunciation training are clarity of speech and effective communication. Emphasis of this course is placed on rhythm, phraseology, intonation, thought groups, and linking. Individual challenging vowels and consonant blends are addressed. This course offers many opportunities to help students internalize and use their new skills through interactive activities. Laboratory (2.00).,  1 non-degree credit  Prerequisite: SPE-006.

SPE-008 Academic Listening for English Language Learners This course is a one-credit listening course that aims to develop listening strategies and improve listening comprehension skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners. In this course students will practice listening to college lectures, understanding main ideas and details, making inferences, and taking effective notes. Students will increase their ability to understand academic listening passages by studying lecture organization, recognizing language cues, noting numbers and statistics, and learning academic vocabulary. 1 non-degree credit

SPE-009 Foundations Speaking and Listening  This course is for international students with little or no exposure to English. It provides them with instruction in basic expression and understanding simple oral language, including following instructions. They will learn to use vocabulary in everyday speaking situations. Lecture (3.00).,  3 non-degree credits

SPE-010 Idioms, Conversation, and American Culture This course aims to develop cultural awareness and improve conversation skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners through the understanding of idioms. Students will recognize and produce the high-frequency idioms and expressions needed in a range of conversational and academic situations. Students will increase their ability to understand spoken and written discourse through structured and communicative activities. This one-credit elective provides training for students who want to build their idiomatic vocabulary and cultural fluency for communicative success in a variety of situations. 1 non-degree credit