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EASL 020 - Beginners

Beginner course for non-native English students that covers: grammar skills, basic listening and speaking to increase fluency in conversational English, paragraph and essay writing, and beginner/pre-intermediate reading to gain fluency in using English through reading a variety of materials.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 20)


Total Weeks:  15





Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:

- Verb tenses - negative, questions, short answers
- Nouns - count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units and articles
- Possessive adjectives and pronouns
- Conjunctions
- Adjective clauses
- Tag questions
- Phrasal verbs
- Pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, focus and rhythm
- Discussion and practice using various discourse strategies: agreeing, refusing, interrupting, clarifying
- Practice doing introductions, telephone messages, making appointments, menu orders, descriptions of place, people or events
- Give and receive advice
- Role play
- Determine the meaning of new vocabulary from the context
- Recognize the main idea of a piece of writing
- Locate details and facts to support an idea
- Summarize the important ideas
- Skim for main idea
- Scan for detail
- Paragraph writing in various forms
- Generate ideas
- Organize ideas around a topic
- Write topic sentences
- Finds details to support the topic sentence
- Peer edit
- Revise their writing
- Use correct grammatical structures: subject/verb agreement and combining of sentences
- Practice the paragraph form: tile, margins, indentation, logical order , one subject
- Use mechanics correctly: capitalization, common word order, spelling suffixes
- Use common expressions and idioms


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

- Employ the basic structures of English in order to carry on simple and predictable oral and written exchanges with few errors.
- Practice the sound system of English and the use of syllables, as well as develop increased ability to participate in conversation about personally relevant subjects.
- Listen to and give instructions requiring action and develop increased ability to deal with basic communication - asking for advice, offering and declining invitations, asking for clarification, making suggestion and giving advice.
- Show increased fluency in reading and comprehension of English materials through developing skills.
- Define vocabulary from context, recognize the author’s main idea, show understanding of the author’s view point by discussion or writing, summarize, infer, skim scan and interpret from a variety of materials.
- Employ organizational skills in writing starting from sentence level structures to develop the concept of having content and detail to support the topic.
- Explore and organize ideas. They will develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process.
- Learn and employ the correct forms for a variety of basic writing purposes.


Grading System:  Pass/Fail


Passing Grade:  Based on the SLEP and Writing test results only


Percentage of Individual Work:  50


Percentage of Group Work:  50


Additional Comments:

- 80% attendance is required. If students maintain the 80% attendance they receive a certificate showing the level they have completed (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) .
- Although, we give chapter quizzes, weekly tests, and speech marks, these do not have any bearing on the student passing or failing. Students remain in the same level until they receive the appropriate mark on a SLEP test and Writing test (both administered at the same time), which shows if the student can participate and continue to learn at the next level.
- The whole system is fluid. The levels are based on the SLEP and Writing test marks and are used as the criteria for a pass or fail grade.


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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