Course Overview and Descriptions

Curriculum Overview/Learning Outcomes

 
Pronunciation

Beginner ELI 055 01 and 02
These courses provide intensive practice in the pronunciation of spoken English focusing on vowels, consonants, rhythm and stress. Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish and produce minimal pairs at word and sentence level in controlled practice
  • Distinguish and produce correct word stress in multi-syllabic words
  • Identify stress in sentence level rhythm
  • Use final consonants and clusters in words
  • Identify reduced forms and contractions in words
  • Understand the IPA

Intermediate ELI 065 01 and 02
These courses provide extensive practice in developing the speaking and listening skills necessary for classroom discussions. Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish and produce minimal pairs at word and sentence level in controlled and guided practice
  • Distinguish and produce correct word stress in multi-syllabic words in controlled and guided practice
  • Identify focal stress in sentence level rhythm in longer discourse
  • Use final consonants and clusters in guided and communicative practice
  • Identify reduced forms and contractions in words in longer phrases/short dialogues
  • Understand and produce basic stress timing and intonation of declarative and simple interrogative sentences
  • Understand and use IPA as a tool

High Intermediate 075 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing the pronunciation and communications skills necessary for academic presentations and discussions. Students will be able to:

  • Self-evaluate and peer monitor targeted sounds and suprasegmentals
  • Distinguish and produce targeted phonemes at word, sentence and discourse level in guided and communicative contexts
  • Distinguish and produce correct word stress in multi-syllabic words at word, sentence and discourse level in guided and communicative contexts
  • Identify focal stress in sentence level rhythm in extended speech
  • Use final consonants and clusters in extended speech
  • Identify reduced forms and contractions in words
  • Understand and produce stress timing and intonation in longer passages and discourse
  • Use IPA as a tool

Advanced ELI085 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing the pronunciation and communication skills necessary for participation in college level discourse.

  • Self-evaluate and peer monitor sounds and supra segmentals
  • Distinguish and produce clear sounds, word stress and sentence rhythm to convey precise meaning in communicative and academic contexts
  • Use final consonants and clusters in extended speech
  • Identify and accurately use prominence and intonation in presentations and discourse
  • Use IPA as a tool

 
Grammar

Beginner ELI051 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing the students’ ability to understand and use basic, high frequency grammatical structures. Students will be able to:

  • Understand and use Be and Have
  • Understand and express simple present and present progressive in statements, questions and imperatives (regular and high frequency irregular verbs).
  • Understand and express simple past in statements, questions, negatives
  • Understand and express future time
  • Understand and express singular and plural nouns; proper nouns; a and an and possessive adjectives

Intermediate ELI 061 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop the ability to use grammatical structures necessary for classroom level discussion and writing with increased accuracy. Students will be able to:

  • Understand and use present, past and future time (including progressive and perfect in a variety of sentence patterns
  • Understand the use of articles at the word and sentence level, nouns, direct and indirect object pronouns
  • Understand and express the past progressive vs. simple past
  • High frequency modals in affirmative, negative and questions forms for present and future intentions
  • Connect ideas and make comparisons
  • Use simple and compound sentences
  • Understand gerunds and infinitives
  • Understand and use noun and adjective clauses

High Intermediate ELI 071 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop students’ ability to use complex grammatical structures necessary for academic writing (paragraphs and essays), presentations and discourse. Students will be able to:

  • Understand and use the active and passive voice
  • Use intensifiers
  • Use the present perfect, present perfect progressive with increasing accuracy in extended writing and speaking
  • Understand and use restrictive and non-restrictive clauses
  • Use simple, compound and complex sentences

Advanced ELI 081 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop students’ ability to use complex grammatical structures necessary to participate in college level classes. Students will be able to:

  • Use and understand conditionals/true and untrue
  • Use noun and adjective, adverb and reduced adverbial clauses/phrases
  • Use Perfect modals
  • Demonstrate ability to shift among tenses
  • Understand and use reduction of relative pronouns in adjective clauses
  • Understand and use connectives to express cause and effect, contrast and condition
  • Understand differences in meaning - gerunds and infinitives
  • Demonstrate understanding of nouns and articles at the discourse level
  • Understand the use of passive and active voices in a variety of contexts

 
Reading

Beginner ELI 052 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing students’ ability to read and comprehend a range highly contextualized texts. Students will be able to:

  • Understand simple sentences and short passages based on familiar topics
  • Develop active pre-reading strategies including activating prior knowledge, setting a purpose for reading and predicting content
  • Be able to understand main ideas and supporting details
  • Develop strategies to expand personal and academic vocabulary (i.e. use of dictionary and context clues)
  • Be able to read and interpret related to academic settings (e.g., timelines, charts, signs, forms, schedules)
  • Paraphrase and summarize a short passage

Intermediate ELI 062 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing students’ ability to read and comprehend texts on familiar and basic academic topics with an emphasis on critical reading skills. Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details using a variety of texts
  • Use textual clues to identify simple patterns of organization
  • Make simple predictions and relate readings to personal experience/observations/opinions
  • Distinguish main ideas and supporting details in a variety of texts
  • Develop strategies to understand new vocabulary through context clues, word roots and affixes
  • Distinguish fact from opinion
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions from stated information

High Intermediate ELI 072 01 and 02
These courses are focused on students’ ability to read and comprehend a variety of lengthier texts with an emphasis on critical reading skills. Students will be able to:

  • Understand basic text organization and rhetorical structure
  • Implement pre-reading skills: preview and predict
  • Identify and summarize hypothesis, main ideas and supporting details
  • Infer information not explicit in the text using context clues, main idea
  • Scan text for specific information
  • Identify connecting themes between texts
  • Decipher meaning of words and phrases through context clues, word roots and affixes
  • Be able to summarize and paraphrase text
  • Analyze authentic text through outlining, annotating, paraphrasing, summarizing to give informed opinion
  • Be able to identify an author’s point of view, tone, method of development
  • Develop strategies for understanding unfamiliar vocabulary

Advanced ELI 082 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing students’ ability to comprehend and interpret a wide range of authentic college level reading material. Students will be able to:

  • Make predictions
  • Identify how text is organized
  • Distinguish main ideas and supporting details
  • Read for specific purposes (i.e. skim, scan)
  • Annotate, summarize and paraphrase text
  • Evaluate credibility, (identify fallacies, biases, fact from opinion)
  • Make inferences when information is not explicit in the reading
  • Implement strategies to understand unfamiliar vocabulary through context clues, roots and affixes
  • Synthesize information from two or more readings
  • Identify an author’s point of view, tone, method of development
  • Use strategies for understanding unfamiliar vocabulary

 
Writing

Beginner ELI 053 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop students’ ability to write phrases and simple sentences on a familiar topic. Students will be able to:

  • Develop pre-writing strategies
  • Write short answers to questions
  • Understand topic sentences and supporting details
  • Respond in writing to assigned readings
  • Construct complete sentences
  • Write questions and answers
  • Write an opinion letter
  • Write a short narrative, descriptive paragraph
  • Give examples to support opinions

Intermediate ELI 063 01 and 02
These courses are focused on developing students’ structured academic paragraphs on a variety of topics. Student will be able to:

  • Write a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence
  • Write paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical forms
  • Employ pre-writing strategies
  • Use a variety of sentence structures and transition words
  • Analyze the structure of an essay
  • Distinguish between facts, examples and explanations
  • Develop peer editing skills using a rubric

High Intermediate ELI 073 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop students’ ability to write structured academic paragraphs and essays using a variety of rhetorical modes.  Students will be able to:

  • Effectively participate in peer review
  • Use a variety of prewriting activities (i.e. lists, charts, outlines) to plan and develop multi- paragraph essays
  • Write essays that use a variety of rhetorical forms
  • Write cohesively with a variety of sentence structures
  • Integrate newly learned vocabulary words and phrases into writing
  • Analyze the structure of an essay
  • Provide peer review feedback
  • Edit, proofread and revise  text

Advanced ELI 083 01 and 02
These courses are designed to develop student’s ability to write a variety of college level essays, research papers. Students will be able to:

  • Use a variety of prewriting activities (i.e. lists, charts, outlines) to plan and develop multi- paragraph essays
  • Write essays and research reports using a variety of rhetorical forms
  • Respond to readings in writing that incorporates evaluation, analysis, and synthesis
  • Write with a variety of sentence structures
  • Integrate newly learned vocabulary words and phrases into writing
  • Analyze the structure of an essay
  • Provide effective peer review feedback
  • Edit, proofread and revise extended text

 
Listening/Speaking

Beginner ELI 054 01 and 02
Students will be able to:

  • Develop ability to understand frequently used words and common classroom vocabulary in familiar contexts
  • Develop ability to predict content
  • Develop ability to identify main ideas and listen for details and respond to simple phrases/questions
  • Use grammatical structures appropriate to beginning level to describe and ask questions about familiar subjects
  • Interact in basic interpersonal situations
  • Follow simple directions
  • Interview a classmate
  • Express agreement, disagreement
  • Relate listening passages to personal experience
  • Share opinions

Intermediate ELI 064 01 and 02
Students will develop the listening and speaking skills necessary for participating in classroom discussions through recorded radio reports, interviews, lectures and a variety of authentic listening passages. Students will be able to:

  • Listen for main ideas and details and summarize main ideas and points using a variety of authentic passages
  • Support answers with details from listening
  • Listen and identify rhythm in speech
  • Infer speakers’ point of view and emotion
  • Use strategies for keeping a conversation going
  • Develop note taking strategies
  • Practice stress patterns in speech
  • Participate in classroom discussions using narrative and descriptive
  • Restate information for clarification
  • Develop and use strategies for understanding unfamiliar vocabulary

High Intermediate ELI 074 01 and 02
Students will develop listening and speaking skills necessary for effective academic discussion and presentation. Students will be able to:

  • Listen for main ideas and details and summarize main ideas and points
  • Identify and connect themes between two lectures and make contrastive statements
  • Identify emphasis in speech to explain meaning
  • Infer information not explicit in a lecture, interview or conversation
  • Form and express opinions
  • Understand and evaluate student presentations using a rubric
  • Restate information for clarification
  • Interpret speakers’ tone and pitch

Advanced ELI 084 01 and 02
Students will continue to develop the listening and communication skills necessary for participation in college level discourse. Students will be able to:

  • Listen for main ideas and details and infer meaning from context, tone, pace and vocabulary in extensive discourse
  • Demonstrate effective note taking skills
  • Analyze, synthesize and summarize information from college level discourse
  • Effectively use suprasegmentals to convey precise meaning
  • Clearly express and solicit opinions; add information and opinions to others’ ideas
  • Express agreement and disagreement
  • Understand and use figurative speech
  • Understand and evaluate student presentations
  • Use target vocabulary in free responses
  • Use strategies to understand new vocabulary

 
TOEFL

Intermediate ELI 090 01 and 02
This course is designed to prepare students for higher level TOEFL iBT prep. Students will be able to:

  • Recognize common vocabulary and directions of  the test
  • Practice reading skills for short and long passages such as understanding details, increasing vocabulary, identifying main ideas.
  • Increase writing skill by connecting and supporting ideas, improving sentence structure and word choice
  • Increase listening skills by demonstrating basic comprehension of main ideas, key points, structure, and details
  • Increase speaking skills by summarizing readings and lectures, forming opinions, delivering short speeches

High Intermediate ELI 091 01 and 02
Students will develop test taking strategies and all language skills necessary for taking the TOEFL iBT. Students will be able to:

  • Recognize common vocabulary and directions of the test
  • Practice reading skills for short and long passages such as understanding details, increasing vocabulary, identifying main ideas.
  • Increase writing skill by connecting and supporting ideas, improving sentence structure and word choice, and essay organization
  • Increase listening skills by demonstrating comprehension of main ideas, key points, structure, and details and proper note-taking skills.
  • Increase speaking skills by summarizing readings and lectures, forming opinions, and delivering speeches
  • Take practice exams to assess progress

Advanced ELI 095 01 and 02
Students will develop test taking strategies and all language skills necessary for taking the TOEFL iBT. Students will be able to:

  • Practice test-taking strategies
  • Recognize key exam types and vocabulary
  • Practice reading skills for short and long passages such as understanding details, increasing vocabulary, identifying main ideas.
  • Increase writing skill by connecting and supporting ideas, improving sentence structure and word choice, and essay organization
  • Increase listening skills by demonstrating comprehension of main ideas, key points, structure, and details, and proper note taking skills.
  • Increase speaking skills by summarizing readings and lectures, forming opinions, delivering speeches and using correct grammar and vocabulary.
  • Take practice exams to assess progress

 
GMAT

High Intermediate/Advanced ELI 094 01 and 02
Students will develop test taking strategies for all English language sections of the GMAT. Students will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the GMAT test structure, timing, and various sections
  • Understand basic test vocabulary and directions
  • Develop skill strategies for Intensive Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Critical Reasoning sections of the GMAT
  • Create well developed essays for the various GMAT essay types
  • Identify areas that are weak and strong and practice skills in those areas
  • Utilize skill areas on the test for future classroom success.

 
Electives

In The News ELI 093 01 and 02
The course is designed for students at the high intermediate level to develop listening and speaking skills necessary for effective academic discussion and presentation. Students will be able to:

  • Organize and perform speeches in front of the class
  • Form opinions to debate current events with others
  • Become familiar with current popular and academic news relating to current and relevant topics
  • Develop oral proficiency and fluency, pronunciation and organization of ideas effective for classroom success
  • Evaluate peers in successful presentations of same

Current Events ELI 097 01 and 02
This course is designed for students at the advanced level to develop reading and writing skills necessary for effective academic discussion and presentation. Students will be able to:

  • Summarize and analyze current events through academic and popular news sources through discussion and formal writing.
  • Organize ideas in academic writing format
  • Form opinions to debate current events with others, and organize thoughts in essay format
  • Become familiar with current popular and academic news sources relating to current and relevant topics
  • Develop organizational skills, cultural and social knowledge, and analytical skills effective for classroom success

American Culture and Idioms ELI 096 01 and 02
This elective course is designed for students at the high intermediate and advanced levels to expand  English vocabulary and idiomatic language skills through thematic units focused on American culture. Students will be able to:

  • Understand common idioms and how they are used through an array of reading and listening texts, exercises, discussion questions, and open-ended problem-solving situations
  • Learn to anticipate and recognize idioms within a natural context
  • Expand vocabulary by identifying words with more than one meaning
  • Identify literal and figurative meaning of words and phrases
  • Use common expressions and idioms in conversations