English as a Second Language 720 (ESL) Certificate Course Outline

Objective:
The Institute’s major goal in the creation of its ESL program is to provide students an opportunity to gain the language skills necessary to become successful members of the global workforce. To be an
active member of the global workforce, students should learn how to
communicate successfully through the acquisition of strong speaking and listening abilities and the ability to read and write. These skills
are important in order for the student to get and exchange information in a variety of contexts, primarily for work and career. All
this involves an approach to teaching that emphasizes that listening,
speaking, reading and writing skills be integrated to make the process of acquiring the language interesting and effective. As most jobs require computer skills, at every level computer lab time is introduced so that students gain the vocabulary and hands on experience needed to use computers for work and life requirements.

Language is most effectively learned through a curriculum reflecting authentic contexts. These contexts should reflect the world in which the learner is expected to communicate in English: in the workplace, in the supermarket, with a landlord, with a doctor. It’s very important that language be presented, not as isolated sentences or words, but as meaningful discourse. In addition, students should be provided with an opportunity to express what they feel their language learning needs are and in what contexts they most need to improve their English skills. A teacher should provide appropriate feedback and correction, thereby facilitating a personalized learning environment based on student need.

At each of the Institute’s nine levels, new language skills are presented while the skills learned in prior levels are reinforced by increasingly sophisticated applications of interpersonal communication. Issues of living and working in a multi-cultural society are also covered in increasingly greater depth at each level.

Program Length:
The ESL program is divided into two tracks. There are 9 levels, Level
One for beginning students through Level 9 for advanced students.

This program is the equivalent of 36 semester credit hours (720 clock hours) and meets five days per week for approximately 5 hours per day, for a total of 24 contact hours per week. The program runs for approximately 30 weeks.

Upon the successful completion of 36 semester credit hours and satisfaction of all academic and administrative requirements, the student will graduate and receive a certificate.

Course Number Course Title Theory Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Hours Semester Credit Hours
ESL 107 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 207 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 307 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
TOTAL 360 360 0 720 36

 

Course Number Course Title Theory Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Hours Semester Credit Hours
ESL 407 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 507 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 607 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
TOTAL 360 360 0 720 36

 

Course Number Course Title Theory Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Hours Semester Credit Hours
ESL 707 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 807 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
ESL 907 ESL 120 120 0 240 12
TOTAL 360 360 0 720 36

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ESL 107 Level 1
(No prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches beginning level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using a communicative approach. Grammar topics include the verb BE, Statements with ‘there is / there are’, prepositions of place, can for ability. Reading/Writing topics include skills such as the alphabet, common words and phrases, and reading/writing short pieces of text. Also, students will be introduced to basic Listening/Speaking skills, especially understanding basic greetings, commands, and phrases related to personal information and survival situations. Introduction to job skills: occupations, job interviews, job ads, work schedules.

ESL 207 Level 2
(ESL 107 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches Low Beginning level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using a communicative approach. Students will focus on improving overall reading and listening comprehension especially context and main ideas. Grammar topics include a review of the verb BE, possessive adjectives, articles, simple past, and adverbs of frequency. Reading/Writing topics include using interpersonal correspondence to express opinions and emotion. Listening/Speaking practice will focus on communication with strangers, telephone dialogues and radio advertisements, as well as pronunciation. Workplace related topics include job schedule availability, different ways to find a job, completing a job application, identifying skills and experience.

ESL 307 Level 3
(ESL 207 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches High Beginning level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach. Students will focus on techniques to improve overall language comprehension, production, and speed. Grammar points include simple present, be going to, adverbs of degree, simple past. Reading topics include maps, reading for main ideas, problem solving, and ways to manage stress. Students will learn how to fill out a medical form, write driving directions, and describe educational goals. Listening/Speaking activities include calling 911, and asking for information about an apartment. The world of work is explored through such topics as job policies, employee manuals, and changing a work schedule.

ESL 407 Level 4
(ESL 307 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches Low Intermediate level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach. Students will focus on accurate pronunciation and intonation, use of reference resources for learning English, and pre-writing and editing skills. Low Intermediate level grammar will be taught, including present perfect, gerunds, past continuous, passive, and participial adjectives. Reading/Writing topics include scanning, predicting, thank you letters, and financial goals. Listening/Speaking practice will explore topics including public announcements, radio reports, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and making small talk. On the job themes will focus on strengths in the workplace, training, reading and completing a job application, and job interview preparation.

ESL 507 Level 5
(ESL 407 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches High-Intermediate level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach. Students will focus on the consolidation of grammar skills, the expansion of vocabulary and learning how to interpret tone, attitude and point of view. High-Intermediate level grammar will be taught, including gerunds & infinitives, phrasal verb, present real conditionals, and past modals. Reading/Writing topics include distinguishing fact from opinion, main ideas from details, letters of complaint, and emails. Listening/Speaking practice will focus on interpreting the speaker’s tone, attitude and point of view as well as drilling pronunciation, intonation and rhythm. Topics include car maintenance, fire safety, communicating with medical personnel, and discussing budgets. Focus on the world of work through all communication skills, including on the job training, work-related instructions, employee handbooks, being a team player, and workplace safety.

ESL 607 Level 6
(ESL 507 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches Low Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach. Grammar points include adjective clauses, subjunctive, conditionals, transitions, embedded questions, and phrasal verbs. Reading/Writing topics will include citizenship, the environment, and internet technology. Listening/Speaking practice will focus on setting goals, listening for details, qualifying opinions, and expressing comparison and contrast. Students will be taught workforce skills such as writing a resume, preparing for a job search, performance reviews, and on-the-job training and advancement.

ESL 707 Level 7
(ESL 607 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach with a focus on Business Communication. Students will focus on communicating in the workplace and in professional situations. Advanced grammar concepts will be reviewed and practiced in conjunction with writing exercises, especially phrasal verbs, passive voice, reported/quoted speech, and idioms. Reading/Writing topics will include resume and cover letter writing, inter-office memos, letters of concern/complaint to consumers/manufacturers, etc. Listening/Speaking practice will focus on dictation, circumlocution, interviewing skills and short speeches.

ESL 807 Level 8
(ESL 707 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches High-Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach with a focus on American Culture. Advanced level of writing: Focus on reading, developing ideas, and writing expository essays. Advanced grammar concepts will be reviewed and practiced in conjunction with writing exercises, especially sentence structure.

ESL 907 Level 9
(ESL 807 proficiency prerequisite, 12 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches High-Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies using a communicative approach with a focus on the development of academic skills. High advanced level of reading and writing: Focus on developing critical thinking skills, writing expository essays, and introduction to writing a research paper. An introduction to the analytical and critical reading of college-level materials will be provided.