EASL 030 - Pre-Intermediate English for Academic Purposes

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


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)


EASL 020 or CaMLA of 27-40 


Non-Course Prerequisites: 




Course Content:
-Verb tenses - negatives, questions, short answers, tag questions.
-Modal Verbs.
-Nouns - count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units, articles, pronouns, possessives.
-Noun Clauses.
-Comparisons - adjectives and adverbs.
-Adjective Clauses.
-The Passive Voice.
-Gerunds and Infinitives.
-Phrasal Verbs
-Pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, phrasing.
-Discussion and practise using various discourse strategies: agreeing, disagreeing, refusing, interrupting, clarifying, suggesting, giving and receiving advice, expressing opinions, doing introductions, making appointments, menu orders, descriptions of place, people or events, rejoinders, clarification.
-Identifying main ideas and details.
-Vocabulary building.
-Role plays of various types.
-Short speech or presentation
-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.
-Identify time signals, sequence, contrast, comparison.
-Pronoun Reference.
-Sentence writing: subjects, verbs, objects; simple, compound, and complex sentences.
-Word association, collocations, and parts of speech, common suffixes.
-Paragraph writing: topic sentence, supporting sentences, concluding sentence, mechanics and form.
-Paragraph types: definition, process, descriptive, opinion, narrative.
-Generating details to support topic sentence.
-Maintaining verb tense consistency, subject-verb agreement, simple present for facts, imperative for processes, past tense for narratives.
-Describing actions: progressive tense, adverbs of manner.
-Using adjective clauses, creating sentence variety.
-Article, comma, and pronoun use.
-Sequence words and chronological order.
-Revise their writing


Learning Outcomes: Students will:
- recognize and duplicate grammatical structures through relevant contexts moving from basic to complex structures through a variety of topics
- practise and apply grammatical structures in communicative contexts
- employ the basic structures and pronunciation of English in order to carry on simple and predictable oral and written exchanges with few errors
- show increased fluency in reading and comprehension of English materials through developing skills
- understand vocabulary from context, recognize the author’s main idea
- show understanding hrough discussion or writing, summarizing, inferring, skimming, scanning, and interpreting.
- employ organisational skills in writing starting from sentence-level structures to develop the concept of having content and detail to support the topic
- explore and organise ideas
- 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:  Mastery


Passing Grade:  A COM (completed), PGS (progressing) or DNC (did not complete) is based on a CaMLA minimum score of 41, or equivalent


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