EASL 040 - Intermediate

An intermediate level course in grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking for non-native English students to encourage students to understand and use correct English with confidence in unpredictable and/or informal social situations, and in more prolonged formal contexts, to gain reading fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials, to continue to improve paragraph and essay writing skills.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 20)


Total Weeks:  15





Non-Course Prerequisites: 




Course Content:
- Using the content below in compound and complex structures
- Verb tenses - negative, questions, short answers
- Nouns count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units
- Modals - situation of application
- Connectors - coordinating conjunctions, transitions, subordinating conjunctions
- Phrasal verbs
- Adverb, adjective and noun clauses and phrases and their reductions
- The passive voice using various verb tenses
- Gerunds, infinitives and related structures
- Conditional sentences including hope and wish
- Reported speech
Listening and Speaking
- Pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, focus, and rhythm
- Discussion using various discourse strategies
- Public speaking
- Listening and note taking from a variety of formats
- Describe a sequence of events using a variety of tenses
- Make timed speeches in preparation for TOEFL
- Description, comparison
- Process of reading faster, test taking
- Exposition
- Persuasion
- Critical thinking
- Interpretation, reading between the lines
- Essay, interview, making inferences
- Implied ideas
- Biography, story
- Arguments
- Poetry, speeches
- Essay writing in various forms: argument, compare and contrast, exposition, cause and effect, narrative
- Business letters, creative writing
- TOEFL speed writing
- Brainstorming, forming a thesis statement which can be proved
- Organizing main supporting ideas
- Preparing details to substantiate each idea
- Writing an outline
- Writing body paragraphs focusing on unity and cohesiveness by using a variety of transitions and connecting phrases
- Writing introduction and conclusion paragraphs
- Writing transition sentences or paragraphs
- Editing
- Drafting and revising for style and fluency

- Introduction to research paper writing including selection of materials, quoting, citing and creating a bibliography


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Recognize and duplicate grammatical structures through relevant contexts moving from basic to complex structures through a variety of topics.
- Practice and apply grammatical structures in communicative contexts.
Listening and Speaking
- Comprehend and take effective notes from aural lectures
- Improve two-way communication through applying the sound system of English and developing fluency in discrete sounds, focus on rhythm and use of reductions
- Apply discourse strategies such as phrases for re joiners, follow-up questions, clarification, comprehension checks, asking for details, describing, summarizing and leading a group in discussion by asking for input
- Employ rhetorical cues to aid in listening fluency

- Make speeches and invite discussion of their ideas
- Read and respond to a variety of materials
- Recall information, identifying main ideas stated or implied
- Scan for facts, skim for general ideas, discern between general and specific ideas, and separate fact from opinion
- Predict main ideas from titles and abstracts
- Identify supporting statements and organization in a variety of types of writing
- Be able to write paraphrases, and summarize
- Describe characters and settings, outline plots, and identify and support themes
- Through each piece of reading students will learn and apply new vocabulary and idioms in writing and discussion.
- Develop organizational skills in writing to:
- Demonstrate that they understand the concept of content and detail to support the topic;
- Explore and organize ideas;
- Develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process, and to use the correct forms for a variety of writing purposes.
- Compose a research paper complete with bibliography.


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.  pelase contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.