EASL 040 - Intermediate English for Academic Purposes

This is an intermediate course for non-native English students. This course covers grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking to encourage students to understand and use correct English confidently in unpredictable and informal social situations and more prolonged formal contexts. This course will also focus on reading fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials and the continuation of improvement in paragraph and essay writing skills.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)


EASL 030 or CaMLA of 41-50 


Non-Course Prerequisites: 




Course Content: 
-Verb tenses - affirmatives, 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, syllabication, stress (syllable and sentence), phrasing, intonation and rhythm, can and can't.
-Oral presentations.
-Listening for main ideas, details, and expressions and signal words that introduce topics and cohesion.
-Making inferences.
-Apply discourse strategies such as rejoinders, open ended and follow-up questions, clarification, comprehension checks, asking for details, describing, summarizing, asking for input, direct and indirect quotations, repetition, advising, interviewing, changing the topic, using persuasive language
-Employ rhetorical cues to aid in listening fluency.
-Grammar review: gerunds, infinitives, subjunctive for suggestions, transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs, past unreal conditionals, present perfect and present perfect continuous, comparative adjectives and adverbs, sentences(simple, compound, complex), indirect speech, relative clauses, real conditionals.
-Vocabulary building.
- Students will 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.
-Paraphrase and summarize.  
-Learn new vocabulary and idioms, collocations, parts of speech, roots, prefixes, suffixes.
-Oral presentation/book talk
-Paragraph writing: topic sentence, supporting sentences, concluding sentences.
-Essay writing:descriptive, comparison, cause-effect, classification.
-Editing: capitalization, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, revision.
-Grammar for writing: subject-verb agreement, fragments, pronoun reference, parts of speech, preposition use, common suffixes, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, transitions and conjunctions, passive voice, adjective clauses.
-Vocabulary: word associations, collocations.
-Summary 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 structures, vocabulary, and pronunciation of English in order to carry on intermediate level 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, and show understanding by discussion or writing, summarizing, inferring, skimming, scanning, and interpreting
- develop organizational skills in writing to demonstrate that they understand the concept of content and detail to support the topic, develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process, and to use the correct forms for a variety of 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 51 , or equivalent


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