Degrees & Courses

Programs and Schools:

Southern Welcome

Focus on Faculty

Class Schedules:

University Catalogs:

Admissions Office:

Financial Aid:

Tuition and Fees:

I Want to Apply as:

Placement Exams:

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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Level 5: Advanced Reading
ESL  0093 3.00 Credit Hours
This course prepares students for the intensive reading requirements of a university classroom. Various forms of academic texts are analyzed with objectives of improving reading comprehension through identifying authors’ writing styles and communicative intents. Additional emphases are placed on building vocabulary, taking notes while reading, and incorporating reading as a necessary study skill. Concepts of reading for various styles of exam questions is also discussed. Prerequisite: ESL 0083 or placement test for new admits.
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.
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.