050 - High Beginner Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
Beginner Reading is designed to help students develop a strong foundation in basic reading literacy skills, the General Service List vocabulary, and beginning academic vocabulary. Students will practice a number of reading strategies for reading faster, understanding vocabulary in context and using strategic reading skills. Students will improve their general reading skills by increasing their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and speed.
060 - Low Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
In this class, students will improve their reading skills and expand their academic vocabulary. Students will learn to better understand texts by using skills such as predicting and previewing in order to make a connection to passages before beginning to read. They will learn to identify main ideas and look for details by skimming and scanning, as well as use context clues to guess the meaning of new vocabulary. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand intermediate texts from a range of contexts drawn from everyday experience and academic subjects.
070 - Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
The goal of this course is to prepare students to succeed at the university level by helping to improve academic reading and vocabulary skills. This class will stress all of the important areas of reading and vocabulary through a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials, including watching foreign films with subtitles to practice reading fluency. Timed readings are included. It will focus on main ideas, supporting details, identifying paraphrases, and summarizing. It will also focus on the development of advanced academic vocabulary for the university, research, and library skills. Additionally, the class includes summaries, reflections, and discussions of the materials as well as individual and group presentations.
080 - High Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
ESL 80 will develop all of the critical areas of reading and vocabulary through a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials. Students will focus on identifying and composing main ideas, writing a summary with paraphrases, making inferences and differentiating between fact and assumption based on textual evidence. It will also focus on the development of advanced academic vocabulary by learning how to use context to identify unknown vocabulary as well as focus on the recognition and use of various word forms. Reading activities include summaries, reflections, presentations, and discussions of the materials.
090 - Advanced Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
This advanced course will teach students reading strategies that will improve reading skills as well as prepare them for college-level reading. Students will be exposed to a variety of text types such as newspaper articles, textbook chapters, and academic journals. This class will expand student’s academic vocabulary by developing and practicing vocabulary learning strategies. Students will be expected to complete writing assignments, participate in group discussions and complete presentations in response to the reading material.
101 - Bridge Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
The primary target of Bridge Reading and Vocabulary is to give students the reading skills and strategies they need in order to succeed as graduate-level university students. Students will be exposed to a variety of text types, both fiction and non-fiction. They will learn and practice techniques for critically reading and analyzing what is read. In this class, students will continue to expand their academic vocabulary by developing and practicing vocabulary learning strategies. Students will be expected to complete writing assignments, participate in group discussions and complete individual and group presentations as methods of responding to the reading material.