EASL 030 - Pre-Intermediate English for Academic Purposes

A low intermediate course for non-native English students that covers grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to encourage confident use and understanding of English in a variety of settings with diverse topics, both social and academic.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)


Total Weeks:  15




Non-Course Prerequisites: 
Admission to English for Academic Purposes Level 030 or
EASL 020




Course Content:
- 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
- Clauses and phrases of comparison
- The passive voice using various verb tenses
- Gerunds, infinitives and related structures
- Conditional sentences including hope and wish
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
- Read and respond to various materials
- Develop vocabulary
- Use reading strategies for comprehension: skimming, scanning, predicting, inferring
- Recognize the main idea
- Locate important details and facts to support an idea
- Summarize important ideas
- Paragraph writing in various forms
- Brainstorming, forming a topic sentence 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 conclusions
- Editing
- Drafting and revising for style and fluency
- Introduction to the basic five paragraph academic essay


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 to real life contexts.
Listening and Speaking
- Improve two-way communication through developing fluency in discrete sounds, focusing on rhythm, and the use of reductions.
- Apply discourse strategies such as phrases for rejoinders, 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.
- Read and respond to a variety of materials.
- Express and support personal responses to various types of materials.
- Analyze the elements of literature: plot, character, theme.
- Practice skimming for main ideas, scanning for detail, inferring ideas, and predicting outcomes.
- Examine and use new vocabulary through consulting a dictionary, inferring meaning from context, relating words to word families and applying in writing and discussion.
- Develop organizational skills in writing:
- 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.


Grading System:  Mastery/DNC


Passing Grade:  Mastery is based on achieving a CaMLA EPT minimum test score of 48 administered at NLC..


Percentage of Individual Work:  50


Percentage of Group Work:  50


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