English Language Studies (ELS)

  • ELS 0441 
    Academic ESL Reading I

    4  credit hours

    Beginning-level academic/professional reading and comprehension skills and strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes skills/strategies to improve reading comprehension and speed, expand vocabulary and use reference resources. Course is intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non transferable. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0442 
    Academic ESL Reading II

    4  credit hours

    Intermediate-level academic/professional reading comprehension skills and strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes developing the critical reading and academic skills required to satisfy students' academic or professional needs. Course is primarily intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0441 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0443 
    Academic ESL Reading III

    4  credit hours

    Advanced-level academic/professional reading skills and comprehension strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes using authentic texts to develop the critical reading and academic skills required to satisfy students' academic or professional needs. Intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. For exit purposes, a grade of C or better is required for students to be placed in Reading Category 1. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0442 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0551 
    Academic ESL Writing I

    4  credit hours

    Beginning-level academic/professional writing skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes writing well-formed, grammatical sentences and studying paragraph development. Focuses on recognizing spelling patterns for verbs and nouns, expanding vocabulary, generating original sentences in the six basic sentence patterns with correct punctuation, distinguishing topic sentences from supporting ideas and concluding sentences, and learning pre-writing techniques for paragraph development. Intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0552 
    Academic ESL Writing II

    4  credit hours

    Intermediate-level academic/professional writing skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes writing well-formed, grammatical paragraphs. Focuses on expanding the six basic sentence patterns through modification and compounding, using the writing process, organizing ideas into paragraph form, understanding elements of unity and coherence, and producing narrative, descriptive and expository paragraphs. Intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0551 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0553 
    Academic ESL Writing III

    4  credit hours

    Advanced-level academic/professional writing skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes writing well-formed, grammatical essays. Focuses on a review of sentence expansion and modification, the four steps of the writing process, developing research skills, and writing essays in a variety of rhetorical styles. Intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0552 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0661 
    Academic ESL Grammar I

    4  credit hours

    Beginning-level academic/professional English grammar and sentence structure for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes the formal properties of the English language integrated with writing skills. Focuses on identifying sentence parts, complete sentences and fragments; subject/verb agreement; basic statement, imperative and question patterns; and simple present, present continuous, simple past and past continuous tenses. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0662 
    Academic ESL Grammar II

    4  credit hours

    Intermediate-level academic/professional English grammar and sentence structure for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes the formal properties of the English language integrated with writing skills. Focuses on the English system of articles, phrasal verbs, constructions of coordination and modification, and future and perfect tenses. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0661 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0663 
    Academic ESL Grammar III

    4  credit hours

    Advanced-level academic/professional English grammar and sentence structure for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes the formal properties of the English language integrated with writing skills. Focuses on conditionals, passive voice, reported speech, verbals, emphatic constructions, performing multiple coordinating and embedding combinations, and varying tenses in discourse. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0662 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0771 
    Academic ESL Listening/Speaking I

    4  credit hours

    Beginning-level academic/professional listening and speaking skills necessary for formal contexts for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes aural/oral discourse used in decision-making and problem-solving tasks. Focuses on such areas as listening to college lectures and taking notes, participating in group discussions, pronouncing English sounds correctly, producing English stress and intonation patterns, and preparing short oral presentations. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0772 
    Academic ESL Listening/Speaking II

    4  credit hours

    Intermediate-level academic/professional listening and speaking skills necessary for more formal contexts for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes longer aural/oral discourse used in decision-making and problem-solving tasks. Focuses on areas such as listening to extended college lectures and taking notes, applying a range of strategies for participating in group discussions, pronouncing English sounds correctly, producing English stress and intonation patterns, and incorporating techniques to enhance oral presentations. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and who have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0771 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0773 
    Academic ESL Listening/Speaking III

    4  credit hours

    Advanced-level listening and speaking skills and strategies for professional contexts for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes analytical skills necessary for assessing alternatives, finding creative solutions, and presenting outcomes effectively. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0772 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0820 
    Selected Topics

    2 to 4  credit hours

    Academic/professional English skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes critical thinking in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Develops language and research skills necessary for success in the academic or professional setting. Intended for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English. Topics will vary by term offerings. This course may be taken four times for credit as long as different topics are selected. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test or consent of instructor. (2 to 4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0881 
    Academic ESL Language and Culture I

    2 to 4  credit hours

    Beginning-level academic/professional aural/oral skills and strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes developing the skills and strategies necessary for social conversations and formal transactions, building an understanding and appreciation of U.S. culture, and enhancing cross-cultural communication. Focuses on such areas as making introductions, initiating, sustaining and ending conversations, explaining personal tastes and preferences, and using the telephone. Addresses the linguistic and cultural instructional needs of non-English-language-background students. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mandatory placement test or consent of instructor. (2 to 4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0882 
    Academic ESL Language and Culture II

    2 to 4  credit hours

    Intermediate-level academic/professional aural/oral skills and strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes open-ended and problem-solving tasks to generate original conversation within the context of real-life, authentic situations. Focuses on such areas as communicating cross-culturally; making suggestions, expressing feelings, making inquiries, offering/accepting invitations, gifts and apologies; explaining problems; and agreeing/disagreeing. Addresses the linguistic and cultural instructional needs of non-English-language-background students. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. This course may be taken four times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0881 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (2 to 4 lecture hours)

  • ELS 0883 
    Academic ESL Language and Culture III

    2 to 4  credit hours

    Advanced-level academic/professional oral/aural skills and strategies for students whose first or primary language is not English. Emphasizes more complex transactions and conversation management skills in the context of decision-making and problem-solving tasks based on real-life, authentic situations. Focuses on such areas as communicating cross-culturally; agreeing, disagreeing and compromising; participating in discussions; explaining complex situations, and reporting sequences of events. Addresses the linguistic and cultural instructional needs of non-English-language-background students. Intended primarily for students who hold a high school certificate or its equivalent and have previously studied English in the United States or their native countries. May be taken up to three times for credit; course does not count toward GPA/graduation and is non-transferable. Prerequisite: English Language Studies 0882 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on mandatory placement test. (2 to 4 lecture hours)

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