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Level 100 Grammar/Vocabulary:  The 100 Grammar/Vocabulary helps beginning students understand and use the kind of vocabulary and grammar that is necessary for everyday life.  Through readings, exercises, and speaking activities centered on people and things, students will have more time to learn, remember, and practice using and understanding the words and grammar they need for daily communication with English speakers.

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Level 100 Core: The 100 Core teaches beginning students to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases to get what they need.  This class focuses on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).  Students learn how to write simple messages and understand simple descriptions. Also, students learn how to ask and answer questions about themselves and communicate successfully in a simple way with others who can help.

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Level 200 Reading and Writing: The 200 RW course will build on the skills practiced in the 100 level. You will work on your reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills. You will develop skills to help you read and understand short simple texts about interesting everyday topics such as work, life changes, and fears.  You will learn useful vocabulary to help you communicate. Finally, you will use the information you get from the readings and the vocabulary and grammar you learn to plan and write complete sentences and simple paragraphs.

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Level 200 Listening and Speaking: In this course, you will improve your listening and speaking skills in many different ways. If you successfully complete this course, you will be able to understand slow and clear speech and ask and answer questions on familiar topics such as names, jobs, stories, vacations and music. You will listen to simple conversations, interviews, commercials and academic lectures. You will improve your pronunciation of English sounds and intonation in words and sentences. You will speak about many topics using the present, simple past and future tenses.

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Level 300 Reading and Writing: After taking this course, students will be able to read a variety of simplified short fiction and non-fiction texts.  They will take an active role in understanding what they read by applying reading strategies, discussing the concepts in group discussions, and responding in writing. Through meaningful interaction with the text and other readers, students will make overall gains in reading comprehension skills and in reading speed.  The writing goals include learning to express ideas in response to readings as well as on personal topics.  Students will be able to develop and organize their ideas within the paragraph format, proofread and edit written work, and benefit from feedback.  The vocabulary goals are for students to expand their knowledge and use of vocabulary and to become actively involved in structuring their own vocabulary acquisition.  The grammar goals are for students to become increasingly conscious of the interaction of form, meaning, and use of grammatical structures.  Accuracy will improve through explicit analysis of grammar in context and through meaningful writing activities.

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Level 300 Listening and Speaking: After taking this course, students will be able to understand and participate in informal conversations fairly fluently and appropriately.  The listening goal is for students to be able to understand slightly simplified native speaker conversations in simple social situations on familiar topics.  The speaking goals include the ability to combine practiced and new material to communicate personal information on a variety of topics in sentence-length and longer conversational exchanges.  In addition, students will be able to use appropriate strategies to control a conversation in which they are participants in such a way as to receive comprehensible input.  At this level, pronunciation goals are for students to attain sufficient control of the pronunciation of English to be understood, with some repetition as needed, by sympathetic listeners.  Many of these goals are achieved through the use of Fieldwork Activities, which are tasks that take students into the community.

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Level 400 Reading and Writing: This course will help students improve their reading comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary development, and grammatical accuracy within the context of common everyday language situations. They will increase their reading speed and expand their vocabulary, as well as develop their inferencing skills in English through reading assignments each week.  Also, they will learn to use vocabulary appropriately while improving their grammatical accuracy through various writing assignments. Learning how to develop narrative, compare/contrast, and descriptive paragraphs will prepare students for the next level in their English language studies.

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Level 400 Listening and Speaking: This course is designed to develop the listening and speaking skills of students who are near the threshold of being independent users of English.  In this course, students will focus on the listening skills required to understand the main ideas and details in near-authentic, straightforward recordings of everyday interest.  Students will also practice synthesizing information from two short, factual recordings on related topics, and last, will take notes on a brief lecture. Students will also develop spoken English skills that will enable them to speak clearly and be understood in activities that include leading a short classroom discussion on a rehearsed subject, telling a story, preparing and delivering a simple presentation, and participating competently in a debate on a topic of general interest.   Students will study targeted grammar and contextualized vocabulary and then use these targets accurately and appropriately in the speaking activities.  In addition, students will learn to make inferences about a speaker’s attitude, thus inferring meaning that is indirectly stated.

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500 Listening and Speaking: This course is designed to develop the speaking and listening skills of those students who are on the threshold of being independent users of English.  In this course, students will work on using grammar and vocabulary accurately in speaking.  Students will also develop skills related to conversational English to enable them to speak clearly and be understood with greater frequency.  The students will focus on the specific listening skills required to understand main ideas and details.  In addition, students will be able to make inferences about the speaker’s attitude and infer meaning that is indirectly stated.

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500 Reading and Writing: This course will help students improve their reading comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary development, and grammatical accuracy within the context of common everyday language situations. They will increase their reading speed and expand their vocabulary, as well as develop their critical thinking skills and other related language strategies in English through extensive reading assignments each week.  They will learn to use vocabulary appropriately while improving their grammatical accuracy through challenging writing assignments. Learning how to develop strong paragraphs into compare/contrast, opinion, descriptive, and persuasive essays will prepare students for the next level in their English language studies.

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