Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Grammar/Vocabulary Skills Courses

Reading/Writing Skills Courses

Speaking/Listening Skills Courses

Test Preparation/University Application Courses

Business/Professional Courses

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600 Core Course (integrated skills):

This course helps students improve all their language skills while exploring social issues with an open mind.  Through reading and listening, they study themes that are important to contemporary society.  Their speaking and discussion skills grow as they examine the themes in relation to their own and their classmates' experiences in the US and their home country.  By participating in class trips they have the opportunity to meet Americans, engage in conversation, and have experiences that they would not be able to have on their own.  The teacher gives them feedback on a variety of speaking and writing assignments based on their research, trips, and discussions.  By the end of the course, they have more skill and confidence in their ability to use English in many formal and informal situations.

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700 Core Course (integrated skills):

This course prepares students to make the transition to advanced level by exposing them to language in more natural contexts.  Course reading materials include newspaper articles and reviews, essays, and a novel. Listening extracts include short sequences from television and films.  Listening and speaking improve as they hear and practice how English is pronounced at normal speed.  Analyzing dialogue makes their conversation more effective.  Course materials encourage them to examine cultural aspects of language use in real life.  In-class activities give opportunities to discover and discuss classmates’ experiences and opinions on issues raised, and to compare their own culture and ways of communicating with others.  Writing assignments range from formal letters to essays.  Online grammar and in-class vocabulary work are reinforced through listening, speaking and writing.

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Intermediate Grammar A (IG A; 600 and 700 levels) is one of two complementary elective courses that are designed to help you focus on developing your grammar at the high intermediate level. In this course, you will increase your understanding of different grammatical structures by examining the form, meaning, and use of those structures in a variety of spoken and written texts. These grammatical structures will be chosen based on the results of a first day diagnostic activity in order to address your and your classmates’ specific needs. Throughout the course, you will participate in a variety of communicative activities with your classmates in order to practice using these structures meaningfully and appropriately in a variety of contexts. Through such communicative activities and written practice, you will make gains in the accuracy and precision of your speaking and writing. By reviewing grammatical structures at and slightly above your level, you will also be able to reflect on your own grammatical knowledge. Grammar points covered in this course include tense, aspect, infinitives, gerunds, connectors, among others. This course alternates with Intermediate Grammar B, and is offered in the Spring 1, Summer 1, and Fall 1 sessions.

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Intermediate Grammar B (IG B; 600 and 700 levels) is one of two complementary elective courses that are designed to help you focus on developing your grammar at the high intermediate level. In this course, you will increase your understanding of different grammatical structures by examining the form, meaning, and use of those structures in a variety of spoken and written texts. These grammatical structures will be chosen based on the results of a first day diagnostic activity in order to address your and your classmates’ specific needs. Throughout the course, you will participate in a variety of communicative activities with your classmates in order to practice using these structures meaningfully and appropriately in a variety of contexts. Through such communicative activities and written practice, you will make gains in the accuracy and precision of your speaking and writing. By reviewing grammatical structures at and slightly above your level, you will also be able to reflect on your own grammatical knowledge. Grammar points covered in this course include time frames, modals, articles, quantifiers, conditionals, among others. This course alternates with Intermediate Grammar A and is offered in the Spring 2, Summer 2, and Fall 2 sessions.

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Intermediate Reading and Discussion (IRD; 600 and 700 levels): In this course you read a variety of newspaper and magazine articles, some short stories, and one novel. At the beginning of the course you and your classmates vote on a group of topics to read about. Coursework helps you read more quickly and understand the writer's ideas more easily. In class each day you discuss what you read. You choose a novel to read and do a project about your novel. Everyone is encouraged to share personal opinions in class discussions and in homework assignments. By the end of the course you should be more effective at reading, finding out what others think, and expressing your ideas.

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Reading for Academic Purposes (RAP; 600 and 700 levels): This course will help you improve your ability to read for main ideas, for details, and to infer meaning from a range of academic texts (humanities, science, and business).  While reading selections from textbooks and news articles, you will work on developing a broader academic vocabulary, noting skills, and summarizing and paraphrasing skills.  Throughout the session, you will be reviewing the organization, content, vocabulary, and difficult grammatical forms characteristic of academic texts.  This knowledge and practice will make you a more independent and effective reader of academic texts, and you will be able to better express your comprehension of the texts.

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Writing for Academic Purposes (WAP; 600 and 700 levels): Writing for Academic Purposes prepares you for academic writing in American universities.  In this course, you will conduct research and evaluate sources on a variety of academic topics.  You will follow the writing process of gathering information, focusing and organizing, writing, editing, and revising.  Grammar points are integrated into the writing assignments.  You will develop the ability to compose (i.e., comprehend, select, plan, and draft) while working on format, organization, content, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics.  Overall, you will be able to produce lengthier texts on diverse general education topics by applying appropriate writing strategies.

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Writing Accurately and Clearly A (WAC A; 600 and 700 levels): This course is designed to help you write more precisely and accurately at the sentence and paragraph level. You will practice self-editing techniques to recognize and correct common sentence-level errors. In essays written in response to readings, pictures, events in your daily life, and questions from classmates, you will try out new strategies for getting ideas, organizing information, revising, and editing your work. You will work toward improving clarity locally, by refining word choice through the use of a dictionary, thesaurus, and peer feedback; as well as globally, by addressing questions of logical development and organization in your paragraphs. This course alternates with Writing Accurately and Clearly B (WAC B), and is offered in the Spring 1, Summer 1, and Fall 1 sessions.

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Clear Pronunciation A and B (CP A and B; 600 and 700 levels): Clear Pronunciation A and B are the first and second part of a two session elective course designed to help you understand the patterns of English pronunciation so that you may communicate more effectively. This course will increase your understanding of native speakers’ speech, and it will guide you in producing more clear and accurate English pronunciation. Throughout the course, different pronunciation features such as rhythm, stress, intonation, vowels and consonants will be introduced and practiced. Class activities will help you learn to hear, understand and produce these features of pronunciation. Class time will also be spent listening to and recording speech samples in the language lab. Both focused drills and more open-ended communicative exercises will help you become conscious your own pronunciation and help you speak clearly. You will also become familiar with strategies to practice on your own so that you can continue to improve even after the course ends. CP A is offered in the Spring 1, Summer 1, and Fall 1 sessions, CP B is offered in the Spring 2, Sumer 2, and Fall 2 sessions.

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Strategies for Active Listening A (SAL A; 600 and 700 levels): This course strengthens your ability to understand the fast speech of native speakers of English in a variety of contexts. By listening to lectures, debates, conversations, presentations, news reports, radio shows, etc. you will learn how to use listening strategies to understand content. Not only will you learn how to listen for the main idea, details, key words and key concepts, but you will also break down the speech of native speakers to understand how native speakers use stress, intonation, linking and reductions to convey meaning. Throughout this course you will participate in role-plays, small group discussions, and group projects to develop your skills as an active listener. In addition, you will be required to communicate outside of the classroom with native speakers to test your listening skills. This course alternates with Strategies for Active Listening B (SAL B), and is offered in the Spring 1, Summer 1, and Fall 1 sessions, which focuses on similar listening skills but different themes.

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Strategies for Active Listening B (SAL B; 600 and 700 levels): This course strengthens your ability to understand the fast speech of native speakers of English in a variety of contexts. By listening to lectures, debates, conversations, presentations, news reports, radio shows, etc. you will learn how to use listening strategies to understand content. Not only will you learn how to listen for the main idea, details, key words and key concepts, but you will also break down the speech of native speakers to understand how native speakers use stress, intonation, linking and reductions to convey meaning. Throughout this course you will participate in role-plays, small group discussions, and group projects to develop your skills as an active listener. In addition, you will be required to communicate outside of the classroom with native speakers to test your listening skills. This course alternates with Strategies for Active Listening A (SAL A), and is offered in the Spring 2, Summer 2, and Fall 2 sessions, which focuses on similar listening skills but different themes.

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Listening to Lectures (LL; 700 and 800 levels): The goal of this course is to develop the listening comprehen­sion skills you need in order to understand academic lectures, and the writing skills you need to take effective notes while listening to a lecture.  In class and for homework you listen to audiotaped lectures on topics of general interest, on cross-cultural communication and language learning issues, and on sub­jects related to specific academic disciplines.  You work with classmates and the teacher to ensure that your notes reflect the essential content and organization of the lecture.  This course is recom­mended if you want to increase your comprehension of long, con­nected passages of spoken English presented in typical lecture style.

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Dramatically Speaking (DS; 600 and 700 levels): Dramatically Speaking uses an English through Drama approach to develop speaking and listening skills with a particular emphasis on the use of English for different functions (interrupting, complementing, apologizing, requesting and refusing, making suggestions and giving advice, apologizing.) Using drama school techniques (such as text analysis, improvisation, scene writing, and voice and speech exercises) the course will challenge students to build fluency and accuracy in English.  The course will culminate in a final performance in which students will perform rehearsed scenes to an invited audience.

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Listening and Speaking Skills for the TOEFL iBT (LSS TOEFL; 700 and 800 levels): This course is one of two complementary electives, the other being Reading and Writing Skills for the TOEFL iBT, designed to help you develop the skills needed on the listening and speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT. Throughout the course, you will examine sample questions from both these sections, practice responding to them and develop the specific skills needed to complete those sections successfully. Emphasis is placed on the integration of these skills through listening to lectures and campus conversations, note-taking, identifying main ideas in listening, and organizing main and supporting ideas in speaking. You will also have multiple opportunities to practice these skills in authentic practice mini-tests and in a TOEFL-like practice test towards the end of the course.

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Reading and Writing Skills for the TOEFL iBT (RWS TOEFL; 700 and 800 levels): This course is one of two complementary electives, the other being Listening & Speaking Skills for the TOEFL iBT, designed to help you develop the skills needed on the Reading and Writing sections of the TOEFL iBT. Throughout the course, you will examine sample questions from both these sections, practice responding to them and develop the specific skills needed to complete those sections successfully. Emphasis is placed on the integration of these skills through identifying main ideas in reading and in listening passages, and organizing main and supporting ideas in writing. You will also have multiple opportunities to practice these skills in authentic practice mini-tests and in a TOEFL-like practice test towards the end of the course.

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Test Strategies for the TOEFL iBT (TS TOEFL; 600, 700 and 800 levels): This course complements the Academic skills for the TOEFL iBT course offered in alternating sessions. In particular, the aim of this course is to develop your ability to approach the TOEFL iBT with the appropriate strategies for each section of the test (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). The focus will be on your identifying effective strategies (e.g. planning, time management, text handling, etc.) for each set of tasks, practicing these strategies frequently in practice test assignments, and developing priorities for further practice that can be self-directed. The teacher will assist you in determining when and how to apply.

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Financially Speaking (FS; 600 and 700 levels): The aim of this course is to increase your speaking, listening, and reading skills through an investment simulation.   In small groups you and your classmates research and select portfolios of stocks, monitor developments daily, and decide in class whether to buy, sell, or hold your stocks.  Through formal oral presentations and discussions, you become more confident and effective at summarizing information and explaining your point of view.  As you read and discuss how international economic developments affect the stock market, you acquire a wide range of new vocabulary, both for general use and for talking about financial matters.

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Listening and Speaking in Business (LSB; 600 and 700 levels): Learn and practice speaking and listening skills necessary for success in professional life. The core of the course is a team project to develop a new product or service. This gives realistic opportunities to practice being effective in a variety of common business situations (such as analyzing a problem and making decisions) and two types of public speaking, informal exchanges at a trade fair, and formal team presentation of your new product or service. You also explore ways of acquiring useful business jargon and vocabulary.

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Issues in Business (IIB; 700 and 800 levels): This course strengthens your ability to read about themes such as corporate culture, management styles, technology in business, environmental issues, and global economics.  It is of interest to people working in business and business students, who want to explore issues of constant importance.  Specific reading skills and team discussions allow you to understand the content of articles more easily and to judge the validity of authors’ arguments.  Vocabulary-building strategies will encourage you to learn and use more business-related words and expressions.  Because of the difficulty of the reading texts, only students at 700 and 800 levels are given places in this course.

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