Degrees & Courses

Course List

L1: Introduction to Grammar
ESL  0051 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic grammar structures in English at the independent word, phrase, and simple sentence level. Emphases include concrete, abstract, count and non-count nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, regular and irregular verbs. Subject verb agreement and verb tensing is stressed. The course emphasizes use and understanding of these structures.
L1: Begin Listening & Speaking
ESL  0052 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic speaking and listening skills, including practice in language production and understanding. Primary focus of the course is pronunciation of American English phonemes and morphemes with additional work to assist students' communication needs common situations. Topics include general conversation, interviewing, requests, questions and answers, and expressing opinions.
L1: Beginning Reading
ESL  0053 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic reading skills, stressing reading strategies and vocabulary development. Primary focus stresses reading skills necessary to move on to higher level reading courses in the IEP. Topics include general purpose and recreational reading, reading speed and comprehension strategies, vocabulary and idiomatic expression development.
L1: Beginning Composition
ESL  0054 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help the ESL learner master English syntax at the sentence level, with an introduction to basic paragraph form. Emphasis is on competency in clearly expressing ideas through developing various sentence structures. Students learn development of main and supporting ideas, simple and compound sentence structure.
L1: Beginning English Skills
ESL  0057 3.00 Credit Hours
Students learn to navigate the American classroom system on the university level. Students explore relationships in America by participating in discussions, on campus activities and conversations with native English speakers as well as successful IEP students in higher levels. University policies and classroom expectations are a main focus. Emphasis is placed on skills needed to be successful in the American university environment.
L2: Basic Grammar
ESL  0061 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic grammar structures in English at the sentence level. Emphases include verb forms and tensing structures, subject/verb agreement, parts of speech, use of adjective, adverb and prepositional phrases, noun and pronoun forms, and active/passive voices. Sentence construction is stressed, including complex sentence structures. The course emphasizes use and understanding of these structures.
L2: Speaking/Listening
ESL  0062 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic speaking and listening skills, including practice in language production and understanding. Primary focus of the course is basic level conversation in American Standard English, with additional work to assist students' communication needs for survival English. Topics include conversation, requests, questions and answers, and formulaic exchanges such as greetings, introductions and shopping.
L2: Reading Skills
ESL  0063 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic reading skills, stressing reading strategies and vocabulary development. Primary focus stresses reading skill development and reading fluency (speed and comprehension). Topics include general purpose and recreational reading, vocabulary and idiomatic expression development.
L2: Writing in English
ESL  0064 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help the ESL learner master English syntax at the phrase, clause and sentence level, with an introduction to basic paragraph form. Emphasis is on competency in expressing clearly complex ideas through developing various sentence structures and types. Students learn development of primary and secondary ideas. Class writing assignments are linked, when possible, to authentic purposes for writing.
Eff Learn Skills for English
ESL  0065 1.00 Credit Hours
This course mediates the difficulties of learning a language in intensive, pre-academic settings and is required for students beginning full-time or required work in the IEP and for students in probationary status in the IEP. It teaches strategies for responding to course assignments and monitors use of these strategies in language learning. When learning problems arise, the instructor intercedes to develop solutions, including referrals for additional assistance.
L2: IEP Tech: Tech Med Inst
ESL  0066 2.00 Credit Hours
This course addresses the technical needs for English language instruction: email, LioNet, Blackboard, printing, social media, and network access. The core of the course will focus on computer mediated English instruction with application for independent and self-motivated study.
L2: Develop Basic Eng Skills
ESL  0067 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on four basic English skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar. Primary focus stresses the skills most important at a beginning level: vocabulary development, correct grammatical structures, written communication strategies, negotiating meaning and avoiding misunderstandings, and participation in common, everyday communications, questions and answers, and opinions.
L2: Pronunciation Clinic
ESL  0068 0.50 Credit Hours
This clinic focuses on breaking bad language use habits and enhancing the automaticity of correct English mastery of basic English sounds at the syllable, phoneme, and word level. It includes introduction of commonly used numbers pronunciation (telephone numbers, currency, accounts, addresses, student ID's, etc.).
L2: Readers' Workshop
ESL  0069 0.50 Credit Hours
This clinic focuses on enhancing the automaticity of correct English and vocabulary development through extensive reading and discussion. A primary goal of this workshop is to encourage reading for enjoyment. Students read low level graded readers of popular fiction and non-fiction in English.
L3: Grammar Functions
ESL  0071 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic and intermediate grammar structures in English at the sentence level. Emphases include verb forms and tensing structures, modals, conditionals and causatives, noun and pronoun forms, and active/passive voices. Sentence construction is stressed, including complex sentence structures. The course emphasizes use and understanding of these structures.
L3: Speaking/Listening
ESL  0072 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic and intermediate speaking and listening skills, including practice in language production and understanding. Primary focus of the course is conversation in American Standard English, with additional work to assist students' communication needs in American higher education. Topics include general conversation, interviewing, requests, questions and answers, and expressing opinions.
L3: Reading/Vocabulary
ESL  0073 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on basic and intermediate reading skills, stressing reading strategies and vocabulary development. Primary focus stresses reading skills necessary in the general environment of American higher education by way of an introduction to American culture. Topics include general purpose and recreational reading, reading speed and comprehension strategies, vocabulary and idiomatic expression development.
L3: ESL Composition
ESL  0074 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help the ESL learner master English syntax at the sentence and paragraph level, with an introduction to basic academic essay form. Emphasis is on competency in expressing clearly complex ideas through developing various types of paragraphs. Students learn development of main and supporting ideas.
L3: ESL Tech: Am Culture Study
ESL  0076 2.00 Credit Hours
English learners in the U.S. are confronted both by alien language and unfamiliar cultural patterns. This course builds upon language learned at lower levels to investigate and understand cultural norms and expectations of living in the U.S. Interviews, surveys and Internet searches are used in production of visual and instructional presentations on a variety of topics.
L3: Intermediate ESL Skills
ESL  0077 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on four intermediate English skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar. Primary focus stresses the skills most important at an intermediate level: vocabulary building, correct grammatical structures for communicative language production, and participation in common, everyday communications, questions and answers, and expressing opinions.
L3: Pronunciation Clinic
ESL  0078 0.50 Credit Hours
This course focuses on basic English sounds at the syllable word, and phrase levels and continues mastery of used number pronunciation (telephone numbers, currency, accounts, etc.)
L3: Readers' Workshop
ESL  0079 0.50 Credit Hours
Reading is fundamental to language learning, especially for developing grammar, vocabulary and written discourse style. This course focuses on common English texts, fiction and non-fiction, modified for English learners. A primary goal of this workshop is to encourage reading for enjoyment.
L4: Grammar Functions
ESL  0081 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on advanced grammar structures in English at the sentence and paragraph level, including: modals, semi-modals and similar constructions; conditionals and causatives; noun, adverb and relative clauses; gerund, infinitive and participial phrases; prepositions; articles and active/passive voice structure and use. Highly complex sentence construction and paragraph organization are highlighted as well as choice or grammatical structure to communicate specific intentions.
L4:Academic Speaking/Listening
ESL  0082 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on advanced speaking and listening skills appropriate to American higher educational settings, including language production and understanding. The course emphasizes academic lecture discourse and note taking skills; discussion leadership and participation styles; researching, analyzing and expressing opinions on a variety of academic topics. Requires a placement test or approval of the IEP director.
L4: Academic Reading
ESL  0083 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on reading skills necessary for university academic work, stressing reading strategies and vocabulary development. Primary focuses are understanding difficult texts and vocabularies, increasing reading speed and encouragement of recreational reading in English. Topics include essay and academic texts; careful reading, skimming and scanning skills, and summarizing. Requires a placement test or permission of the IEP director.
L4: ESL Composition
ESL  0084 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help the ESL learner master English syntax at the essay and formal paper level, with introduction to basic citation form. Emphasis is on academic discourse styles in development of the essay and other types of classroom written work. Topics include development of a thesis through essay organization and writing clearly under the pressure of time. Requires a placement test or permission of the IEP director.
ESL Skills for the University
ESL  0085 3.00 Credit Hours
This is a multi-skills course which focuses on student language needs for the American university classroom. While the topic under study will change from semester to semester, the primary focus on multiple language skills adequate for university work remains the same. Students will explore an academic topic through extensive reading, writing and research, class discussion, lecture note taking, and examinations at a level expected of first year students. Students will not only practice skills learned from earlier classes, they will learn strategies to deal with the volume of work required in university classes. Requires a placement test or permission of the IEP director.
L4: IEP Tech: Vocabulary Dev.
ESL  0086 2.00 Credit Hours
Development and accurate use of vocabulary is an important skill for language learners. This course focuses especially on development skills such as introducing the academic word lists, enhancing spelling abilities through introduction of spelling strategies, and mastering the most common words in American English.
L4: Academic ESL Skills
ESL  0087 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on four advanced English skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar. Primary focus stresses the skills most important at an advanced level: vocabulary building in technical, professional and academic areas, correct grammatical structures for business and academic language production, and participation in university level communications, discussions, formal questions and expressing opinions.
L4: Pronunciation Clinic
ESL  0088 0.50 Credit Hours
This clinic focuses on breaking bad language use habits and enhancing the automaticity of correct English through extensive conversation, error correction and improvement strategies geared to specific student needs.
L4: Readers' Workshop
ESL  0089 0.50 Credit Hours
This clinic focuses on enhancing the automaticity of correct English and vocabulary development through extensive reading and discussion. It uses common English texts, fiction and non-fiction, modified for beginning English learners. A primary goal of this workshop is to encourage reading for enjoyment.
L5: Adv Speaking & Listening
ESL  0092 3.00 Credit Hours
Students focus on the principles of oral communication: advanced speaking and listening skills essential for success in collegiate coursework. These skills include, but are not limited to the following: academic note-taking skills, academic presentation skills, skills for leading a discussion and fielding questions, advanced pronunciation skills guided by self-monitoring and self-assessment, effective use of research for a formal presentation, and critical assessment skills for evaluating research material. Material evaluated will be derived from the following: academic lectures, dictionary basics, pronunciation (vowel basics, consonant basics, syllables and word endings, stress in words, rhythm in phrases and sentences), thought groups and focus words, and models of professional and well-researched presentations.
ESL Topics
ESL  0097 0.00 Credit Hours
Short term courses for persons desiring short study of English while in the U.S. Non-gradable.
Reading Pronunciation & Vocab
ESL  0128 3.00 Credit Hours
This course focuses on two advanced language skills: accent reduction and vocabulary development. Advanced learners often find that residual first language accent inhibits understandability and that the vocabulary they learned initially is inadequate for the communication tasks they face. The course will use extensive oral reading and reading for comprehension to address those two difficulties.
Studying for the TOEFL
ESL  0130 2.00 Credit Hours
This course focuses on the tools good students use to prepare for the TOEFL examinations. English competence and a number of other factors affect student performance, including test anxiety, assessment misunderstanding, unfamiliarity with key vocabulary, poor study habits and poor strategies. The goal of this short course is to introduce the most helpful things to prepare for the TOEFL and, by extension, other language assessments such as the Michigan Test Battery.