A course designed to provide upper intermediate to advanced non-native English students with the following: grammar skills, encourage students to use English confidently in unpredictable and/or informal social situations, and in more prolonged formal contexts such as speeches, lectures and discussions, reading English to gain fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials, academic essay writing.
Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 20)
Total Weeks: 15
- Various grammatical forms used in complex structures
- Verb tenses used in negative, questions, short answers
- Nouns count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units
- Modals - situation of application
- Connectors - coordinating conjunctions, transitions, subordinating conjunctions
- Phrasal verbs used in a variety of tenses
- 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, and the subjunctive
- Reported speech used orally and in writing
Listening and Speaking
- Accuracy in pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, focus, and rhythm
- Comprehending, summarizing and note taking in academic lectures
- Discourse strategies
- Public speaking
- Transforming aural information to a visual form: map, graph
- Basic rights/obligations and problems regarding employment, housing and shopping list of a news broadcast sitcoms and lectures
- Note taking from a variety of formats.
- Describe a sequence of events using a variety of tenses
- Make timed speeches in preparation for TOEFL
- Theme, vocabulary from context
- Distinguish general from specific, identify irony
- Anticipating content, reading, critically, skimming
- Pre-reading, comparisons, outlines, vocabulary analysis, paraphrasing
- Comprehension, hypotheses, study mapping, summarizing
- Outlining, oral summaries, making inferences, idioms
- Definitions, recalling information, bias, summarizing
- Guessing vocabulary from context, expressing reactions, comparisons
- Key issues, recall information, group discussions, tone and mood, scanning
- Suffixes, prefixes, identifying important differences, shades of meaning, paraphrasing
- Reading between the lines, comprehension, point of view
- 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
- Drafting and revising for style and fluency
- Introduction to research paper writing including selection of materials, quoting, citing and creating a bibliography
Students will be able to:
- Correctly identify and employ the grammatical structures necessary to express complex ideas .
- Practice and apply correct forms 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 develop fluency in discrete sounds by focusing 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 ideas
- Use conversational and discourse strategies of maintaining an opinion courteously, disagreeing, qualifying what has been said
- 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
- 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
- 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;
- 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
- 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.